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    Default Hermes now breeding it's own crocodiles

    Interesting article I found today...I thought they already did breed their own crocs? Maybe they are expanding that now?

    Hermes breeds own crocs to meet bag demand | Industry Summits | Reuters

    Hermes breeds own crocs to meet bag demand
    By David Jones

    PARIS (Reuters) - French luxury goods group Hermes has resorted to breeding its own crocodiles on farms in Australia to try to meet demand for its leather bags, its chief executive said on Monday.

    Customers sometimes have to wait several years for certain exotic-skin bags, which can fetch over 35,000 euros ($48,410).

    "It can take three to four crocodiles to make one of our bags so we are now breeding our own crocodiles on our own farms, mainly in Australia," Patrick Thomas told the Reuters Global Luxury Summit in Paris.

    Hermes already faces a major challenge producing 3,000 crocodile bags a year, Thomas said, adding: "The world is not full of crocodiles, except the stock exchange!"

    Crocodile farming can be expensive, with the reptiles having to be kept apart in separate rooms to protect their skins from bites, but even so allowances have to be made for natural losses that can amount to around a third of bred crocodiles.

    Hermes' leather goods, which account for 40 percent of its business, have been the most robust in the current downturn with the group taking on 50-100 leather workers this year to add to the 2,000 craftsmen it already employs at French sites.

    Thomas admits the group has been pushing other areas of the business, such as fashion and textiles, so it is not so reliant on leather bags, but says this area continues to be its fastest-growing product line.

    "We cannot face demand. We have massive over-demand. We are limited by our ability to train new craftsmen," he added.
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    I have to say If i have the money, I would buy one croc birkin
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    Default Re: Hermes now breeding it's own crocodiles

    I think it's insane. Exotics are called that for a reason. It's not exotic anymore when there are mass amounts of the animal to make bags.
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    Poor little crocs.

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    Hi, anyone who knows the price of a blue dogon wallet in crocodile? i'm a new here, so wasn't sure where to post it..

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    Three to four crocodiles to make only one bag?!?! WOW!
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    Default Re: Hermes now breeding it's own crocodiles

    Quote Originally Posted by THE-GUY View Post
    Poor little crocs.
    I'm with you guy.

    I wonder what a crocodile farm looks like anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zombiegirl View Post
    Three to four crocodiles to make only one bag?!?! WOW!
    Yeah I was surprised by that too. I thought it would only call for one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zombiegirl View Post
    Three to four crocodiles to make only one bag?!?! WOW!
    Seriously! I thought one bag took one crocodile!?!?!

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    Default Re: Hermes now breeding it's own crocodiles

    ^ Maybe that's for larger bags? Or maybe the crocodiles are small?

    It could also be because they may want the scales to match nicely on the different parts of the bags, so it could take more crocodiles b/c they can only use some pieces from each crocodile. Or something.
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    This info is good to know I didn't know they breed in Australia! Croc skin bags should be cheaper here if they do breed them here!!! LOL...

    Steve Irwin won't be happy with that though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pingping View Post
    Interesting article I found today...I thought they already did breed their own crocs? Maybe they are expanding that now?

    Hermes breeds own crocs to meet bag demand | Industry Summits | Reuters

    Hermes breeds own crocs to meet bag demand
    By David Jones

    PARIS (Reuters) - French luxury goods group Hermes has resorted to breeding its own crocodiles on farms in Australia to try to meet demand for its leather bags, its chief executive said on Monday.

    Customers sometimes have to wait several years for certain exotic-skin bags, which can fetch over 35,000 euros ($48,410).

    "It can take three to four crocodiles to make one of our bags so we are now breeding our own crocodiles on our own farms, mainly in Australia," Patrick Thomas told the Reuters Global Luxury Summit in Paris.

    Hermes already faces a major challenge producing 3,000 crocodile bags a year, Thomas said, adding: "The world is not full of crocodiles, except the stock exchange!"

    Crocodile farming can be expensive, with the reptiles having to be kept apart in separate rooms to protect their skins from bites, but even so allowances have to be made for natural losses that can amount to around a third of bred crocodiles.

    Hermes' leather goods, which account for 40 percent of its business, have been the most robust in the current downturn with the group taking on 50-100 leather workers this year to add to the 2,000 craftsmen it already employs at French sites.

    Thomas admits the group has been pushing other areas of the business, such as fashion and textiles, so it is not so reliant on leather bags, but says this area continues to be its fastest-growing product line.

    "We cannot face demand. We have massive over-demand. We are limited by our ability to train new craftsmen," he added.
    I don't believe all that info put out by Hermes. I've been offered more croc bags the last two weeks then ever. The pitch to sell them to me is "hermes factory will be closed for two months". That line isn't going to get me to purchase a croc bag.

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    Default Re: Hermes now breeding it's own crocodiles

    Quote Originally Posted by 50transcendent50 View Post
    I don't believe all that info put out by Hermes. I've been offered more croc bags the last two weeks then ever. The pitch to sell them to me is "hermes factory will be closed for two months". That line isn't going to get me to purchase a croc bag.
    Lucky you! I wish I were being offered more croc bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermesmerized View Post
    Lucky you! I wish I were being offered more croc bags.
    Not so lucky, I can't afford a croc Hermes bag.

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    Default Re: Hermes now breeding it's own crocodiles

    or maybe they need 3 crocadiles because they made a mistake on the cut? haha
    This is a really interesting article! Thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by pingping View Post
    ^ Maybe that's for larger bags? Or maybe the crocodiles are small?

    It could also be because they may want the scales to match nicely on the different parts of the bags, so it could take more crocodiles b/c they can only use some pieces from each crocodile. Or something.

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