ROME, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Pretenders lead singer Chrissie Hynde reportedly is furious her name was used in connection with a line of leather handbags in Italy.
The vegetarian and PETA supporter has threatened legal action against the company, Hogan, and urged other to boycott the company, The Independent reported Sunday.
"At first, I thought this must be a joke, it's so outrageous and thoughtless," Hynde said of the red pony-skin bag that is part of Hogan's rock icon-inspired Guitar Bags.
I"Considering that The Gap asked me to participate in their ‘Everybody in Leather’ campaign and I refused, and then Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and I busted The Gap for using black-market leather from India that same year, it's obvious that the bright sparks at Hogan didn't do their homework," Hynde said in a letter to Tod's chief executive, Diego Della Valle.
Hogan spokeswoman Daniela Pezzini stepped in to head off a potential lawsuit and apologized to Hynde, the British newspaper said.
"Unfortunately we did not realize that she was supporting PETA. We will officially apologize to her. We respect 100 percent the ideas that Chrissie supports,"said Pezzini.