The Birkin bag is one of the most sought after and desired luxury items with a price tag of thousands.
So when Francesca Eastwood and her photographer boyfriend burned a Hermès Birkin worth a whopping $100,000 for a photoshoot, to say that it didn’t go down too well would be an understatement. In fact, since posting the photographs of their Birkin bonfire online, the daughter of film legend Clint Eastwood is now receiving death threats.
The pair massacred the luxury crocodile-skin version of the bag, setting it alight before hacking into the red leather with a chainsaw have posted a barrage of abuse aimed at the pair online. Eighteen-year-old Francesca, who says they burned the bag in ‘the name of art’, has been accused of being a ‘rich girl with nothing better to do than burn money’, whilst others say that the wasted money could have been used to benefit charities or people in ‘real need’, and called the shoot ‘crazy’.
It’s not the first time Francesca and her photographer boyfriend have butchered a luxury item as part of a shoot: in January, she also set fire to a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes worth $10,000.
Despite Francesca’s declaration to friends that the bag was burned in the ‘name of art’, intriguingly, the pair appear to have taken the criticism seriously. Earlier today, Tyler Shields posted a response to the comments, stating that if someone buys one of the photographs which caused such a stir, he’ll donate $100,000 to a family in need. Not. Even. Kidding. Read on, friends:
‘The Birkin photos are for sale,’ Tyler says on his website. ‘If somebody were to buy — all right, let’s do this. If somebody wants to buy one of the Birkin photos, I will donate $100,000 — not to a charity — but to a family. I will give one family in need $100,000 cash…I would select somebody who — my father had a stroke when I was 15, and it became very difficult financially for the family, so I think I would do that. I think I would find a family that someone had a stroke or some type of ailment. I think that if somebody had done that for us when that happened to me, it would have been like a miracle. So, I’ll find somebody who that just happened to and I will help them out.’
Do you think this is art or just plain stupidity?