The fashion world is fulll of excentricities, and I shouldn’t be surprised, but still, this is like a slap in the face. Hermès, the luxurious French maletiere firm, just unveiled a piece of clothing perfect for the closet of the fashionistas and the über rich, but would make any animal right advocates (and anyone with common sense) rage: a $91,500 t-shirt made from skin of Nile crocodiles.
The garment forms part of their Spring 2013 collection, properly named “Crocodile Chiffon”, but was just recently spotted at Hermès stores. Hermès boutiques do not allow photographs, but savvy bloggers from The Awl managed to take a snap of the price tag for anyone who might have any doubts of the veracity such mind-blowing price for a t-shirt. The explanation behind the price tag is that not only is the Nile crocodile a rare species, it’s also very lightweight and does not have that sticky feel leather has when temperature rises. It is now officially the world’s second most expensive t-shirt, far behind an organic cotton t-shirt bejeweled with diamonds that costs (hold your breath) $400,000. No joke.
As one would expect, PETA had something to say about this: “The highest price for this rather cheap-looking and ludicrous Hermès T-shirt is paid by the crocodiles who were bludgeoned to death or even skinned alive to make it. PETA suggests showing creativity, not cruelty to animals, and offering killer looks that no one had to be killed for to create,” said Colleen O’Brien, spokeswoman for the animal rights organization.
I certainly do love fashion and the fashion industry, but this is just ridiculous. Not much different from an exquisite crocodile skin Birkin, but for some reason, this here has caused much more controversy than the exclusive handbag.