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October 7th, 2011
What do you do when you’re one of the world’s most famous fashion companies and you run out of crocodile skin for your luxurious handbags and accessories? Well, in the case of Louis Vuitton, you just buy your own crocodile supplier! That’s right, LV has invested in its very own crocodile farm (or “tannery”) based out of Singapore. The tannery will supply crocodile skin to the fashion house to be turned into bags, wallets, belts and – like LV unveiled on the runway this week – crocodile jackets.
You may be surprised at this move but what’s more surprising is that Louis Vuitton isn’t the first luxury company to buy its own crocodile farm. Hermes did the same thing last year. Their thinking is that they’ll be able to control the conditions to make sure the process is as humane as possible. Still, it’s kind of sad that they’re investing millions of dollars in a place where they kill crocodiles for their skin isn’t? Or is this just part of the “circle of life” for animals coveted by the fashion world? Tweet us your thoughts @trendingtheshow.
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