After all that??
So, people can shut their mouths now because the $100,000 Hermes Birkin that was destroyed in a Tyler Shields photo shoot was a total fake!
After pics were released showing Tyler's girlfriend Francesca Eastwood taking a chainsaw and some lighter fluid to the expensive red crocodile handbag, the two received intense negative criticism, including some death threats!
But, now, experts say that there is no way the purse was authentic.
Amanda Mull of PurseBlog.com says:
"The bag depicted in Tyler Shields' photos struck me as a fake as soon as I saw it and the Hermes experts who read our blog and post in our forum agree. The bag in the pre-burning photo looks thin, wrinkled and plasticky, which are all the signs of a cheap material, probably PVC, that's been embossed with a scale pattern to mimic real crocodile. If it were real the bag would be quite stiff and incredibly smooth with strong handles that wouldn't twist the way that they do in Francesca Eastwood's mouth and material that wouldn't wrinkle or bunch as it does throughout the body of the bag."
That's not saying that the purse wasn't pricey though! She also confirms that "a crocodile Birkin similar to the one in the photos would retail for about $38,000," which is waaay below the $100,000 price tag Francesca claimed it's worth.
Mill went on to add:
"If Tyler has proof that the bag is real, such as a credit card statement showing the purchase or a statement from the Hermes employee that sold the bag, he should definitely show it. The entire artistic intent of his work is predicated on his willingness to destroy something for which he paid a great deal of money. If he didn't actually carry out that part of the work then it would negate whatever merit the photos might have, if any."
Nevertheless, the whole thing still seems silly - especially since Tyler could have just given the purse to US! Ha!
[Image via Tyler Shields.]
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