Victoria Beckham criticised by animal rights groups for carrying £16,000 crocodile skin handbag

The fashion designer has made her own brand ‘cruelty-free’
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  • Victoria Beckham has been criticised by animal rights activists for carrying a £16,000 Hermes Birkin bag made from crocodile skin, after claiming her own fashion and makeup brand are ‘cruelty-free’.

    The fashion designer was photographed attending Paris Fashion Week last week with her husband David Beckham, where she was carrying the sought-after design.

    Reports claim that Victoria has been sent a ‘Virkin’ bag, made from Vegan leather, so should have no excuse to continue to sporting real animal skin for ‘fashion’.

    Victoria Beckham

    In a statement to MailOnline, PETA director Elisa Allen said: ‘Victoria has taken a vital first step by ridding her brand of exotic skins, and we bet this decision will soon be reflected in her personal wardrobe choices, too, as fake snake and mock croc beat the corpse couture of yesteryear, vintage or not.

    ‘So many designers, including fellow British style icons Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood, create killer clothes that no one has to die for, and Victoria is heading in that direction.’

    In February last year, it was announced the mother-of-four’s clothing line would no longer use exotic animal skins in its collection, while it had previously been fur-free.

    And Victoria’s newly launched makeup line, Victoria Beckham Beauty, has described itself as a ‘cruelty-free makeup brand’.

    After announcing Victoria’s brand would ditch animal skins, a spokesperson said at the time: ‘Victoria Beckham will cease the use of exotic skins in all collections as of AW19.

    ‘The Victoria Beckham brand has never used fur in its clothing or accessories collections and confirmed last year that the brand will remain fur free.’

    Victoria and David’s trip to Paris came after the sad death of their friend, fashion PR Ed Filiposwki, who died at the age of 58 – following complications from surgery.

    Paying tribute to him on Instagram, Victoria wrote: ‘This is heartbreaking. So deeply saddened to hear that Ed Filipowski passed away today. He was the kindest man and an incredible force in the industry. I am so lucky he was an integral part of my extended VB team family for many years. RIP Ed. I will miss you. Sending love to his family and all at @kcdworldwide x.’