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  • Guest

    Am I the only one who finds it disturbing to see handbags being promoted along with animals that are tortured and killed so that the bag could be born? Not a good aesthetic at all.

    • Aliza Zibkoff

      I’m I missing something? There’s a sloth, kangaroo, owl, hedgehog and a parrot, did I miss the cows, goats and pigs? Which are by the way a by product of the meat packing industry. If we do the math we find that cost of cow is about 2000 bucks. A finished cow skin (even a very expensive one!) does not go over 1200 dollars. as you can deduce no one would kill a cow just for its skin. This I know for sure (I do handbag product development.) Not sure what the cost breakdown is for goats and pigs but I image it’s similar.

      • Stina Sias

        lizards are killed for their skins :( I get what the OP is trying to say

      • Aliza Zibkoff

        This may be true in some cases… and in some cases not. I lived in Colombia for a few year and they eat iguana and caiman flesh there (no really!) In any case Mansur’s bag seems to be mostly in full grain (gorgeous!) leather, leather that clearly moos. As always everyone is entitled to their opinion. If you don’t like, you don’t have to buy.

      • Stina Sias

        Yeah these are beautiful bags! I don’t love the bucket bags but I think the leather is really nice. I just agree that it’s an interesting contrast, using cute, live animals to sell animal products.

      • Maria

        Sure! Because the mooing cows are just a commodity, so why bother. Yes, if you don’t like you don’t buy. But you are still allowed your freedom of speech, even if that offends individuals in denial about the torturous origin of their arm candy.

      • Aliza Zibkoff

        I assure you I’m not offended. The truth I haven’t bought a bag in over 4 year (I find it better to invest in a classic that are well made and have it for years.)

    • shueaddict

      I am going to go on a whim here and say yes; I clearly remember a few PB members saying they’d trade a kidney for a Chanel exotic ;-) .

    • From sentiment I’ve seen on similar photos both here and on our Forum, it seems like people who already object to leather processing tactics are inclined to agree with you about depictions of leather bags with any animals, even those not used for leather, but those who don’t have a problem with it to begin with (which is, to be fair, most of our audience, since we write about almost exclusively animal products) aren’t going to agree with you.

      • Stina Sias

        I think someone already said this but I would love to see a feature on vegan leather bags! Although I don’t buy exotic I do buy other leathers, and I love stories like this. This blog has turned me on to some of my favorite bags! But I’ve run into a lot of really interesting synthetic options from major brands that haven’t made it to PB. I respect everyone’s opinion but I personally feel better buying synthetics than I do natural leather, and I would love to get your level of insight on what is available.

      • I’m compiling some bags for a non-leather feature right now! This is definitely coming in the near future.

      • Stina Sias

        That’s so exciting thank you!!

      • Guest

        That sounds awesome! Looking forward to a great feature with some buzz worthy vegan handbags! My comment was to draw attention to a gut reaction on seeing the post. It’s great that it Got people talking. There are always people who will agree with you and those who don’t. That’s what makes life interesting! Hope I haven’t offended any individual;)

      • anon

        Yes! That would be great! Very excited to other bags that aren’t Stella McCartney.

    • Amazona

      I find it kinda comical that nobody (else but me, apparently) objected to it when Mulberry put parrots in a round cage for a photoshoot with Cara Delevingne but when the animals are featured here free of any boundaries that’s a sin and grotesque. The animals here look relaxed and happy, go see the photos of the cockatoo clinging to the cage bars and tell me this campaign is wrong…

    • anon

      Not alone. It’s difficult for me to take a stance on that though. Overall, I’m against of using animals in the promotion. At the same time, I use leather bags as well so I’m not one the talk. Hopefully there isn’t too terrible a level of exploitation for these animals and this type of campaign design won’t happen in the future.

  • Guest

    Would these esteemed PB members have their kidney removed without anaesthetic or pain control while fully conscious for the Chanel just the way our furry friends undergo their organ donation? I doubt it;)

    • Elisa

      Okay, Okay! If we’re going there, let’s go there… At least one of those animals in the photos is a predator. And most of us who carry leather, also eat meat. As far as live, normally wild-animals-living-in-captivity being featured in a fashion shoot, yeah that kind of sucks. But as long as we keep over-popluating the planet, stuff like this will keep happening. To me this is an advertisement for family planning and perhaps the reintroduction of the notion of promoting birth-control in developing and emerging economies (as well as smug, developed nations with hopelessly inefective notions about say funding organizations who refuse to promote family planning to teens and low-income folks, hint-hint). The population explosion makes life, all life seem cheap and replaceable. Very sad!

  • Laura Hess

    Aaaaand…. all of the bucket bags are sold out already. That was fast. *le sigh*

  • Elisa

    Okay, Okay! If we’re going there, let’s go there… At least one of those animals in the photos is a predator. And most of us who carry leather, also eat meat. As far as live, normally wild-animals-living-in-captivity being featured in a fashion shoot, yeah that kind of sucks. But as long as we keep over-popluating the planet, stuff like this will keep happening. To me this is an advertisement for family planning and perhaps the reintroduction of the notion of promoting birth-control in developing and emerging economies (as well as smug, developed nations with hopelessly inefective notions about say funding organizations who refuse to promote family planning to teens and low-income folks, hint-hint). The population explosion makes life, all life seem cheap and replaceable. Very sad!

  • watchinfo

    why animals are used with those handbags?

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