We already know burning Hermès bags is an unpopular activity. So we're a bit stunned to learn that Hermès itself has been engaging in a bit of fashion arson, torching its own products behind the scenes.

As Fashionista noted, Mulberry's Emma Hill says Hermès disposes of any imperfect bags by burning them. Referring to the high standard of quality kept at the French company, Hill told the Telegraph:

"A friend who was working at Hermès said that if there was even the most minor imperfection on a bag they would take it out the back and burn it -- no compromise."

Be still our Birkin-loving hearts! We nearly had a heart attack seeing photographer Tyler Shields torch his girlfriend's red Hermes bag, not to mention Lady Gaga taking a Sharpie to hers. But the idea of Hermès incinerating its own leather beauties just makes us sad inside.

But the corporate policy may be par for the course, as a source also tell us that Alexander Wang may have done the same. Years ago, when tweaking the design of the trademark Rocco bag, the company decided to discontinue all versions without a shoulder strap, leaving hundreds of strapless Rocco bags sitting in the warehouse. Some were given to interns but others, sources say, were considered for burning. We wonder how many other fashion companies do the same...

If there is a Purse Heaven, we bet there are hundreds of Kellys, Birkins and Roccos resting there in peace.

See what other dishy deets Emma Hill told the Telegraph at Telegraph.co.uk.

See totally intact Hermes bags on the arms of celebs:

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  • Kim Kardashian, March 2012

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  • Sienna Miller, February 2012

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  • Jo Wood, February 2012

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  • Kim Kardashian, January 2012

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  • Claudine Keane, January 2012

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  • Kim Kardashian, January 2012

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  • Gabriella Ellis, November 2011

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  • Kelly Rutherford, September 2011

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  • Jessica Simpson, July 2011

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  • Julia Roberts, November 2010

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  • Lady Gaga, April 2010

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  • Catherine Zeta Jones, March 2010

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  • Julia Roberts, March 2008

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  • Victoria Beckham, June 2007

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  • Ellen Barkin, March 2007

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  • Ashley Olsen, February 2007

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  • Jada Pinkett Smith, December 2006

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  • Janet Jackson, November 2006

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  • Victoria Beckham, June 2006

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  • Victoria Beckham, June 2006

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  • Victoria Beckham, April 2006

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  • Brandy, September 2005

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  • Kelly Klein, September 2005

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  • Tori Spelling, June 2005

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  • Sharon Osbourne, May 2005

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  • Lindsay Lohan, January 2005

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  • Lake Bell, January 2005

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  • Julianne Moore, November 2004

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  • Renee Zellweger, November 2004

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  • Sharon Stone, January 2004

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  • Sonya Walger, September 2003

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  • Catherine Zeta Jones, July 2003

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(Via Fashionista)

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