29 Jul '15, 6pm

Birkin bag: from status symbol to badge of shame - Los Angeles Times #fashion #luxury

It could also signal a tipping point in the trend of ethical consumerism, and how it will define the future of luxury. So far, the discussion has centered around sustainability, with images of the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh, and the recent film “The True Cost” increasing shoppers’ awareness of the human and environmental toll of consumption. The Hermes Birkin controversy is expanding the discussion to include fashion’s toll on the animal kingdom in the most high-profile way, by targeting the very symbol of luxury, the vaunted Hermes brand.

Full article: http://www.latimes.com/fashion/alltherage/la-ar-birkin-ba...

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