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Diatribe: When Your $10,000 Hermès Bag Smells Like Pot Or A Skunk And You Don’t Have A Chicken Box To Hide It In.
My dog is a spoiled little creature who, generally, thinks she’s the boss of me. But, when it comes time to go for a walk I make it very clear that I am in charge and we both know who is in charge. I don’t let HER walk ME. She has two routines … “Short Walk” and “Long Walk” and she does a good job of knowing when we’re out for a stroll and when it’s time to do her business and get back inside. Our routine ends with her leash (and her towel on rainy days) going back into the Chicken Box just inside the door.
The Chicken Box was procured, after a lengthy search, as a decorative yet functional addition to our home’s interior design. It is a wooden box measuring approximately 20”x14”x12” with a hinged lid and coated with a dark ebony stain that makes it look a dark black. The top and sides of the box are decorated with hand painted roosters, ethnic in appearance, with golden undertones that have been burnished to look aged and antiqued. We discovered our Chicken Box at an import store on one of our adventures and knew it would be the perfect place to store leashes and dog sweaters and other things that we like to keep just inside the door of our den.
That old black Chicken Box, however, had a stench in it like we’d never experienced before. We asked the clerk at the store about the smell and he assured us that it would go away in time and that, surely, it was nothing to worry about. We paid (too much) for the Chicken Box and brought it home. That was more than six years ago and it still stinks.
Wealthy purse shoppers are, apparently, encountering a similar problem as luxury shoppers have recently begun to return coveted Hermès handbags, some worth almost $20,000, because they smell like pot and skunks. The iconic French bags are being returned because of a “badly tanned” batch of leather from a supplier. It is believed that the tanning process can make the leather bags smell like cannabis when it is warmed up in a hot car or when left in direct sunlight.
Many, if not most, of these customers had to wait months for their bags to be manufactured to begin with, addition to paying exorbitant prices, and now they’ll have to wait for them to be repaired or replaced. It’s tough to be a luxury shopper!
Some online commenters were advised to put dryer sheets in their $10,000 bags to get rid of the smell. I know from personal experience that this does not work in a Chicken Box and I imagine it won’t work in an expensive handbag either.
Our Chicken Box has become a very functional and decorative feature in our home. It’s been “aired out” each spring on the patio, stuffed with dryer sheets, sachets, moth balls and Stick-Ups but it is clearly saturated with an imported aroma that is simply meant to be in our home. As long as the lid remains closed, nobody seems to notice the smell. Except, of course, for my dog … she knows that when the Chicken Box is open she gets to go outside! When she needs to go outside, she waits by the Chicken Box!
If anyone ever does notice the smell, it will be an exotic fragrance from an imported Chicken Box and not an expensive skunky pot-like smelling purse stench. Eww.
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