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People Are Returning Birkin Bags Because They Smell Like Weed

Somewhere, Snoop Dogg is shaking his head.

Hermès Birkin bags are some of the most coveted purses in the world.

They're also some of the most expensive: Bags START at $20,000 — this crocodile skin one retails for $129,000


J. Lo, Khloe Kardashian, and Rachel Zoe are all fans.

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And Victoria Beckham seems to have one to match every outfit.

Getty Images Koichi Kamoshida
Getty Images Koichi Kamoshida

Because they're all hand made, customers can wait months and YEARS to get their hands on one.

Which is why it was especially heartbreaking for some recent buyers, who had to return their bags after complaining that their coveted Birkins smelled like weed.


Hermès blames the weed smell on a batch of "badly tanned" leather.

In most cases, they say, the leather is perfectly fine. But when exposed to warm temperatures or direct sunlight, the leather emits a skunky smell. A source told Page Six, "The bags are being sent back to Paris as nobody knows quite how to deal with this embarrassing situation.”

Hermès is reportedly sending the weed-rific bags straight back to its Paris headquarters.

The bad-smelling panels are being removed and the whole bags are being rebuilt from scratch.


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