"You have a number of concerns regarding the treatment of animals. We respect them, but we don't necessarily share your position regarding farming," Dumas replied, reports WWD, defending the company's position. "Farming conditions strictly comply with international regulations because we want to apply the best practices in this field, and I think that Hermès has always been at the forefront of wanting to pay attention to ethics and the treatment of animals."
The organisation bought shares in the French fashion house last year, following controversy over the label's famous Birkin bag. At the time, it stated that it had made the investment "in order to put pressure on the company to end its sale of exotic-animal skins".
It's the second time that the storied house finds itself in the news this week. Yesterday, at Christies's Hong Kong bureau, a Himalaya Birkin bag broke records when it sold under the hammer for $300,000. The reason for the high re-sale price is because the bag is "the most rare, the most coveted, the most collectible" Hermes bag in existence, Christie's handbag auction specialist Caitlin Donovan, told Racked.