Welcome to another edition of Baghunter’s weekly roundup! This is your chance to catch up on what’s been happening at Baghunter HQ, gain insights into the latest trends, and find the latest news from the ultra-handbag industry.
PETA Makes Misleading Claims against Hermes
You may have seen the video of the ostrich farm in South Africa doing the rounds on social media and on international websites. The video, obtained by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), shows ostriches being kept in poor conditions before they are taken into an abattoir to be killed. PETA have suggested that the skin from these birds are used for Hermes Birkin bags, which Hermes have vehemently denied.
Hermes have been quoted in the Daily Mail as saying “Contrary to what the video broadcast by the association suggests, the farms shown in the videos do not belong to Hermes. Hermes operates at a secondary level within this industry and the small quantities of ostrich leather used by Hermes does not come from farms but tanneries which…are subject to permanent and stringent controls.”
This is not the first time PETA have falsely accused Hermes of sourcing their exotic skins from factory-farmed and cruelly slaughtered animals. Last year, PETA accused Hermes of sourcing crocodile skins from farms where the animals were kept in poor conditions. The accusations even led to a rumor that Jane Birkin was considering removing her name from the iconic Birkin bag.
However, after an investigation these accusations were also found to be false with Hermes reiterating their compliance of “good practices for farming, procedures for slaughter, environmental management, social conditions of employees, and the security of work conditions and infrastructures.” Jane Birkin also reiterated her happiness in her association with Hermes.
Regardless of the latest accusations by PETA, Hermes ostrich bags remain as popular as ever. In fact, this week we sold a stunning Hermes Kelly 32 Tri-Color Ostrich Limited Edition bag to a client who told us that ostrich is her favorite exotic skin. The wonderful bamboo, taupe, and vert Veronese bag in pristine condition was snapped up only days after we had consigned it, and for a bargain $35,500! We are hoping to consign a few more ostrich skin bags in the near future due to their popularity so keep an eye on our newest finds!
Baghunter’s Newest Finds for Sale
This week we are delighted to announce the arrival of two very special Hermes handbags to our collection. The first is a Hermes Kelly 32 Limited Edition bag which is made from Swift leather and Vibrato, a stacked leather. The brown and multi-color Vibrato leathers on the bag radiate class and sophistication as well as making this bag truly unique. Offsetting the wonderful color scheme is the brushed gold hardware which really completes the look and style of this limited edition. Included are the sleeper, clochette, strap, lock, and keys and with the bag in very good condition, it is a rare and unique opportunity to add this stunner to your collection.
The second arrival this week is a rare and functional Hermes Birkin HAC 55 Brown bag. This wonderful bag measures 55cm in length, a perfect size for handling all your everyday needs. The smooth, yet durable Togo leather ensures the bag is capable of dealing with everyday use and still maintaining its condition while the brown color is ideal for both summer and winter outfits. Complementing the brown leather is the stunning gold hardware, with the clasp offering smooth and easy access to the contents of the bag. Included are the lock, keys, and clochette and with the bag in very good condition, it is the perfect everyday bag for mothers.
Opportunities to Work for Baghunter!
The current market for pre-loved Hermes and Chanel handbags is growing at an alarming rate and due to this Baghunter is expanding. The recent media attention we attracted from our Hermes Research Study shows our ambition to be the leader in the pre-loved handbag industry as well as displaying our innovation in the industry. We are hiring for a number of positions including:
- Customer Service
- Client Relations
- Public Relations
- Personal Shopper
- Sourcing Experts
- Bag Concierge
- Reseller Outreach
- Retail Operations Director
- Partner Relations
- Product Management
- Authentication Specialists
This is a huge opportunity to join one of the fastest growing ultra-luxury bag consignment companies as well as having the chance to work with some of the rarest and most iconic handbags in the world! Our team is driven by their love for fashion and ultra-luxury handbags and we would love to hear from people who share this passion. To apply simply click here and tell us about your relevant past experience and why you believe you would be the perfect addition to our expanding family. We look forward to hearing from you!
- To check out our Bags of the Week, this week we focus on Hermes Minis with the Hermes Birkin 25 Fuchsia Lizard and the Hermes Mini Kelly Miel Alligator in the spotlight
- To read our latest collector insights post, this week we look at Chanel Flap Bags including their history, differences between the classic and reissue bags, and some insider facts you might not know!
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- You can create a unique and personalized bag using our exclusive Bag Bespoke Check out the crystal, bespoke artwork, and other customization options!
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