Pharrell’s Purple Croc HAC


In response to our story about Cameron Silver’s Hermes bag, a reader sent us a picture of bags Pharrell had made. Look at the monster of a HAC (the original birkin) and in purple croc no less!! How over the top fabulous is that? And so fitting for the new hip hop mogul. My only question is, what is he going to do with it? I am guessing this is a travel bag but still, it must be quite weighty. He is seen here in the Paris workshop where he went to pick up the bag.

Bag Snob Tina note: Gross, I am forever turned off to purple crocodile because of this garish and giant bag with a keychain by Jacob the jeweler (is he still in jail?). Hermes or not, it’s tacky! And if this was not taken at the Paris workshop I would have thought it was fake.


  1. Deborah
    November 13, 2007 / 1:07 pm

    Great photo! Kelly, I’m curious, having only seen the Birkin in photos, how much do they typically weigh? BTW, I just finished reading Dana Thomas’ DELUXE, and her description of how Hermes bags are constucted made me want one of my own — not that it’s even in the realm of possibility where my budget is concerned!

  2. Nancy
    November 13, 2007 / 1:28 pm

    Where did they find a gator so big and with perfect scales?! Only Hermes can pull that off.

  3. mette
    November 13, 2007 / 2:35 pm

    I think the purple large Birkin is quite fun. Wondering what the price would be.. I have no intension of getting one,but wouldn´t mind if someone does.

  4. kamo
    November 13, 2007 / 3:46 pm

    this is what came to mind reading yesterday’s post about the make-your-own hermes… what’s keeping people from making totally hideous ones? just because you have $11,000+ doesn’t mean you know how to design a decent bag.


  5. Anonymous
    November 13, 2007 / 3:53 pm


  6. EliG
    November 13, 2007 / 4:19 pm

    Completely agree with Tina. The first truly ugly Hermes bag I’ve ever seen.

  7. Mevin
    November 13, 2007 / 4:34 pm

    OMG – Hermes was about discreet good taste, well that’s gone out of the window, gross! I love my manbags (Cameron’s was nice), but this grotesquery on any man (straight or gay) is a complete turnoff!

  8. November 13, 2007 / 5:32 pm

    i kinda like it – lol. i can totally see posh pulling this off (not Pharrell).

  9. Richard Cook
    November 13, 2007 / 6:49 pm

    I do have to laugh at Tina’s comment…

    “I am forever turned off to purple crocodile because of this garish and giant bag”

    You weren’t already turned off of purple crocodile by the simple fact that it is PURPLE CROCODILE???



  10. Renee'
    November 13, 2007 / 10:55 pm

    ok –ewwwwww, yikes and double uk!(missing a few letters)

    thanks tina, I agree. It does look like a knock off too.

  11. enc
    November 13, 2007 / 11:15 pm


  12. November 14, 2007 / 2:14 pm

    OK, this is strange but, I wonder if he actually took both bags, or left the orange one behind. Today, a 50cm (20 inch) orange Birkin “travel tote” popped up for sale on reputable fashion retail site (note, NOT eBay). I have never ever seen a Birkin come up for sale on this site (although they have sold other Hermes bags and products).The bag was (what I thought was) an unusual size, orange and looked exactly like the one in this photo. I wonder if Pharrel decided not to take the orange “special order” bag and Hermes sent it for resale to this website. It sold this morning for $7,560. The weight was 7lbs. if anyone is wondering. I was so shocked to see it, that I printed out the page from the website to show my husband.

  13. Anonymous
    November 14, 2007 / 3:20 pm

    Even if Audrey Hepburn carried this it would be hideous. Bright colors look cute in little bags, but a giant bag in purple? Gag!!!

  14. Anonymous
    November 14, 2007 / 5:21 pm

    sorry elizabeth, posh could not pull this off. it is just so big! maybe in black or chocolate? love Pharell though, why he needs such a big purple monster is beyond me.

  15. fatefullotus
    November 15, 2007 / 4:32 pm

    Ugh. Just ugh.

  16. Anonymous
    November 16, 2007 / 7:41 am

    I totally agree, it doesnt mean if you BUY /own expensive designer stuff shoes or bags especially Hermes, it will makethem stylish or part of the “in” crowd…

    This pic is sooo “Noveau Riche” mentality…

  17. Anne
    November 16, 2007 / 9:47 am

    This is hideous. It’s just so big and gaudy! Unforgivable! Even for Hermes. And I agree, NO ONE can pull it off, especially not Miss Tacky Posh herself.

  18. Nirodha
    November 17, 2007 / 7:50 am

    Hmm, I actually like it. Besides, the man didn’t have it designed to please anyone but himself. Good on him! 🙂

  19. Mekey Gabriel
    November 18, 2007 / 10:15 pm

    If it weren’t for the “noveau riche”, no one would even know about these brands. I mean, how many of you can honestly say that your mom owned a Birkin?

    You guys crack me up. Noveau riche is still riche, honey.

    Taste in itself is determined by your bank account…haute couture, anyone?

    I like it.

  20. Jahpson
    November 19, 2007 / 12:15 pm

    Everybody who says “gross” to this bag, would probably have a heartattack if it was given to them for free! lol

    I like it, and if I was into Hermes bags like that, I would definitely use this as luggage!

    Posh would definitely use this as lugguage. One would look pretty ridiculous using this as an everyday bag

  21. eliza Bacon
    December 2, 2007 / 8:57 am

    Taste is not determined by your bank account. It definitely helps – no question about that, but I couldn’t disagree more. Money doesn’t buy great style… in most cases too much of it leads to gaudyness – yuck!


  22. Gsimms
    December 3, 2007 / 5:08 pm

    I don’t really know…. I think the bag is sickeningly over the top…. But then again it has a charm since it is so over the top…. I think since it is so quirky and tacky I would like to own one.. but I would probably never carry it… My mom has had Birkins since the very late eighties….and she is in love with this bag..

  23. Jay
    March 3, 2008 / 9:35 am


    This bag is soooooooooo hot.

    Pharrell is just so f-ing hot with his style

  24. fashonista
    June 23, 2008 / 10:22 am

    well all i want to say is stop hating…. pharell is hot and that bag is 2 die for… didnt u people see it in the new madonna video how good does it look i was almost drooling… i think pharell carries the bag off and looks sexy with his hermes Hac… come on its a hermes bag , its patent, purple and also croc three of the hottest trends together dnt hate appreciate…!

  25. CHiLD
    August 3, 2008 / 10:04 pm

    Oh!!! My dream bag~HERMES

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