The Jane Birkin and Hermès union is back on

Birkin with the bag named in her honour
Birkin with the bag named in her honour Credit: Rex

Six weeks after demanding that Hermès remove her name from the iconic handbag created in her honour, relations between Jane Birkin and the French luxury house have hit a more agreeable note.

Hermès has released a statement following pressure from the English actress and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) over the way in which the crocodiles it sources for its luxury-skinned bags are slaughtered.

PETA published an exposé in July claiming that crocodile farms in Texas and Zimbabwe used by Hermès mistreated the animals by cramming them into barren concrete pits before they were “crudely hacked” to death. It also stated that two to three crocodiles were needed to create a single bag, which are priced between £6,700 and £145,000.

Birkin bags can sell for up to £100,000

As a result, Birkin officially released a statement saying: “I have asked Hermès Group to rename the Birkin until better practices responding to international norms can be implemented for the production of this bag".

Hermès today made the admission that “an isolated irregularity” was identified in the slaughter process in a crocodile farm in Texas, which led to a warning on its part regarding the neglect of its prescribed recommended procedures. The company carried out an audit in July, which showed that all practices on said site are compliant, and that any further irregularities would see Hermès cease relations with the farm.

Additionally, Hermès stressed that footage doing the rounds on the internet purporting to be from a crocodile farm in Zimbabwe was captured before the luxury leather good house was in partnership with it. “Furthermore, the footage shown was not all captured at that establishment” said the statement.

Hermès explained how it has “established a comprehensive and rigorous audit programme for all suppliers of its crocodile skins” over the past decade with “above and beyond regular inspections” with CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species).

As a result, the brand states that “Jane Birkin has advised us that she is satisfied by the measures taken by Hermès.”

The Birkin bag – toted by the likes of Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss and Julianne Moore – was created in 1981 after Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas was seated next to Birkin on a flight from Paris to London. After the contents of her straw bag fell from the overhead compartment, Birkin complained to Dumas that she had been unable to find a leather weekend bag. Three years later he created a black bag just for her.