Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo Collections Will Stop Using Fur
Michael Kors Holdings Limited a global fashion luxury group, today announced that it will no longer use animal fur in its products, with production being phased out by the end of December 2018.
“I am pleased to announce our company’s commitment to no longer use animal fur in our Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo collections,” said John D. Idol, the Company’s Chairman and CEO. “This decision marks a new chapter as our company continues to evolve its use of innovative materials.”
“Due to technological advances in fabrications, we now have the ability to create a luxe aesthetic using non-animal fur,” said designer Michael Kors. “We will showcase these new techniques in our upcoming runway show in February.”
Michael Kors’ move follows a similar initiative by Gucci, which in October pledged to drop fur from its collections, joining brands like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Armani, which are all fur-free.
SKY NEWS asked a fibres expert to analyse “fake fur” being sold on the high street – he identified real rabbit, racoon dog, mink and cat fur.
Born Free patron, Dan Richardson talks about today’s news.
PETITION TO BAN THE SALE OF FUR – U.K RESIDENTS
Fur farming was banned in England and Wales in 2000, followed by Scotland in 2002. However fur products can still be legally imported from other countries and sold here in the UK. Much of this fur comes from countries that have very weak or no animal welfare laws at all.
Fur sold in the UK comes from the following countries:
(Main suppliers) China, North America, South America, Russia and Europe.
(Other suppliers) Belize, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, El Salvador, Greenland, Hungary, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Maldovia, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Poland, Republic of Korea, Republic of Slovenia, Romania, Slovak Republic, and Turkey.
West Hollywood is the first city in the world that decided to ban the sales of fur in 2011. In 2015 Sao Paolo adopted an import and sales ban on fur products. In January 2017 India adopted an import ban on mink, fox and chinchilla fur skins. The ‘International Anti-Fur Coalition’ leads the bill to ban the sale of fur in Israel.