A genuine Hermès Birkin handbag at an auction preview in Paris. The fake bags were made with crocodile skins from an Italian supplier, using zips and other components smuggled out of Hermès workshops. Photo: Reuters A genuine Hermès Birkin handbag at an auction preview in Paris. The fake bags were made with crocodile skins from an Italian supplier, using zips and other components smuggled out of Hermès workshops. Photo: Reuters
A genuine Hermès Birkin handbag at an auction preview in Paris. The fake bags were made with crocodile skins from an Italian supplier, using zips and other components smuggled out of Hermès workshops. Photo: Reuters

Fake Hermès Birkin bags scandal: 10 sentenced in Paris over items sold for up to US$35,000 to Asian tourists and clients in Hong Kong

  • Highest sentence of three years in prison with one year suspended went to a man considered to be a ringleader, who has not been arrested yet
  • Prosecutors said the gang took in about US$2.3 million a year by selling the fakes for between US$23,000 and US$35,000

Topic |   Fashion
A genuine Hermès Birkin handbag at an auction preview in Paris. The fake bags were made with crocodile skins from an Italian supplier, using zips and other components smuggled out of Hermès workshops. Photo: Reuters A genuine Hermès Birkin handbag at an auction preview in Paris. The fake bags were made with crocodile skins from an Italian supplier, using zips and other components smuggled out of Hermès workshops. Photo: Reuters
A genuine Hermès Birkin handbag at an auction preview in Paris. The fake bags were made with crocodile skins from an Italian supplier, using zips and other components smuggled out of Hermès workshops. Photo: Reuters
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