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[VIDEO] Celeb Photographer Tyler Shields Feeds $100,000 Crocodile Birkin Bag to an Alligator

 

Celebrity photographer and famed Birkin destroyer Tyler Shields has just upped the ante in fashion stunt photography, feeding a genuine $100,000 crocodile skin Hermes Birkin bag to an alligator.

Shields, the guy who famously set another Birkin bag on fire in 2012, tells RE-TOX.com, the photo shoot starring model Ana Mulvoy Ten is part of his newest art series “Indulgence,” set to premiere soon at the Guy Hepner Gallery in L.A. and Imitate Modern Gallery in London.

Shields says the bag is so prized, it took 7 months just to get one because the waiting list was so long. Meanwhile, the alligator only took 4 days to find.

Indulgence by Tyler Shields

And with anything involving wild animals, the photo shoot wasn’t without its risks. Shields says, “At one point during the shoot, when Ana and the gator were both biting the bag, it closed one of its eyes as if it was going to attack her, but didn’t. It was one of the most insane moments I have ever photographed. Inches from death at any moment.”

The shoot took place in Downtown L.A. and was shot using the latest Hasselblad camera.

As for the bag, Shields says it’s destroyed, unless you’re interested in a Birkin that’s full of gator teeth holes.

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Christopher Lowell Sues the Bejesus Out of Office Depot: You Took My Stapler, Now Pay

Interior decorating guru Christopher Lowell is going Milton Waddams all over Office Depot, suing the retail giant for hundreds of thousands of dollars over his line of office supplies. Including staplers. But the timing might be terrible: Office Depot just announced it’s closing 400 stores.

Lowell filed the lawsuit last week in Florida, claiming he entered into a licensing agreement with OD to market and sell his signature office supplies from 2008-2012 – pencil cups, hole punchers, staplers, staple REMOVERS,  computer desks, armoires, you name it – but OD majorly shortchanged him on the royalties.

Lowell claims Office Depot continues to owe him $194,190.73 in unpaid royalties, despite his attempts to get paid, and now he wants interest on top of that, plus attorneys’ fees, and court costs.

But wait, there’s more! According to Lowell, the damages don’t end there. Lowell says OD continued to sell his products through 2013 (and today) despite having no signed agreement in place, which, he argues, would make Office Depot guilty of trademark infringement. Lowell claims he’s entitled to triple damages for trademark infringement alone.

In other words, Lowell’s going after Office Depot with a vengeance, and if we know anything about Christopher Lowell, it’s going to be a bloodbath. Especially now that, as AP reported, Office Depot plans to close 21% of its 1,900 store locations in the wake of its merger with OfficeMax.

WEIRD FACT: Christopher Lowell is his professional name. According to the legal documents, Christopher’s real name is Richard Madden. What.

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Ralph Lauren Wins Lawsuit Over Ultra-Rare Car Garage: Bugatti Be Kidding Me!

Ralph Lauren has emerged victorious in a $300,000 lawsuit involving his secret garage facility in Westchester, New York — home to roughly 60 of the world’s rarest and most valuable cars, including a 1938 Bugatti coupe, a 1938 Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia roadster, and the world’s only 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK “Count Trossi” roadster.

Lauren was sued by a contractor, who claims he performed roughly $1.7 million worth of renovations on Lauren’s famous D.A.D. Garage back in 2007. The contractor claims Lauren failed to pay the bill in its entirety and still owed him $297,367.

Lauren fired back with a two-pronged attack: 1) he claimed the contract was with D.A.D.’s business entity, so he couldn’t personally be sued; 2) he said the contract mandated arbitration out of court. The contractor failed to follow up, so the case was terminated. Lauren, 1; contractor, 0.

FYI, the name D.A.D. is an acronym that stands for the names of Lauren’s three children: David, Andrew, and Dylan. All of the cars in the garage are kept in pristine driving condition.

Of course.