For most of us the dream of owning a genuine, authentic Hermes Birkin bag is really just that, a dream. Some of us maybe lucky enough to gain a the coveted Hermes Birkin from a preloved bag site, perhaps some of us will save a lifetime to be able to purchase this iconic item from a luxury boutique store, but one thing I’m sure of is that if you are ever lucky enough to own such a beautiful bag you would never, ever destroy it on purpose.
Bags can be seen is many ways, to some they are art, to others fashion or even life statements. Many are handed down as heirlooms and others sold at auction, many times for even more than the original purchase price, so what possessed Clint Eastwoods daughter to take to douse her Birkin in gasoline before setting it on fire? And then to take a chainsaw to the $100,000 Hermes Birkin Bag?
Francesca Eastwood is the 19 year old daughter of veteran film star Clint Eastwood and also starts in her own reality TV show and it’s here that she and her photographer boyfriend Tyler Shields decided to publicly accept a challenge to destroy the $100,000 crocodile Hermes Birkin bag, by setting it on fire with gasoline and then taking a chainsaw to it.
Tyler Sheilds website, http://www.tylershields.com contains several photos of the so called “art project where it was written “Destruction is a beautiful version of freedom…
Would you want this bag? Are you sad to see me destroy it?”
The photo shoot certainly caused controversy with comments ranging from “do you need therapy” to others expressing their annoyance that such an expensive bag was used to really garner publicity for a semi famous couple. Many people commented on how the money from the bag could have been used in much more positive ways.
Sources close to Clint’s daughter say how “the 19-year-old said she knew people would be shocked, but never expected this level of hatred. We’re told she’s been telling friends … people just don’t understand art.”
And her step mother Dina has been expressing her disgust at the fact that Francesca even owned a bag worth so much and stating that she does not understand the true value of money.
One thing is for certain and that is the “art” photo shoot certainly gained a lot of press attention, not that the brand need any free publicity for the Birkin bag is already the most sought after bag in the world and has numerous celebrity fans including Kim Kardashian, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez, Alessandra Ambrosio and Irina Shayk.
The legendary bags cost anywhere from $10,500 to $150,000 or more depending on the animal skins used.
And Victoria Beckham has more than 100 versions of the iconic bag, a collection that reportedly costs millions.