In possibly the strangest news of the day, something very weird is happening to Hermes Birkin handbags, and customers are not happy.
According to reports today, customers have been returning their notoriously expensive arm candy, complaining that the leather smells like marijuana!
Yes, you read that correctly.
Concerns were raised when a ‘badly tanned’ collection of the handbags – some of which can cost up to $20,000 – arrived at a boutique, with customers later returning the luxury items over the nasty smell.
Before anyone starts to think that there might be some funny business going on at the Hermes factory, there is a perfectly reasonable explanation!
Apparently – due to aforementioned ‘bad tanning’ – the leather used to create the bags can sometimes give off an unpleasant smell when placed in direct sunlight.
A source told Page Six that the famous fashion house are pretty mortified about the whole thing, saying: “The bags are being sent back to Paris as nobody knows quite how to deal with this embarrassing situation.”
The Hermes bag, beloved of celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian, is one of the most hotly-coveted items among fashion lovers, so we doubt this will do much to tarnish the brand’s reputation.