Chanel officially bans the use of exotic skins and furs
Chanel's decision will save a lot of furry animals.
Chanel has announced that it will no longer use exotic skin, including fur, in the production of its fashion and accessories. The news came on the eve of the retailer's Metiers d'Art fashion show at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Bruno Pavlovsky, Chanel's president of fashion said in an interview with WWD that the designer will "no longer use exotic skins in future creations."
According to Chanel, the ban on exotic skin includes crocodile, lizard, stingray, snake and fur. So this means that the brand will be officially going fur free!
And it seems Chanel has plans to innovate and help in the fight against using animal skins in fashion. Pavlovsky said that the designer has hinted at creating "a new generation of high-end products."
Sourcing exotic skins can be incredibly difficult, which is why these pieces usually have a higher price tag compared to ordinary leather goods. The design house will be using fabrics and leathers from the "agri-food" industry – which means using the by-products of cattle and other livestock.
Chanel has recently been cutting down on the use of fur, and it hasn't been seen in the designs and fashion shows for a while. But now, Chanel is committing to the decision and animal lovers around the world are overjoyed.
Chanel is just one of the many labels who have decided to join the movement. The brand is following in the footsteps of Versace, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo and Gucci, who have all announced they are going fur-free, making this decision just another great step for the high-fashion industry.
The arrival of this news has been met with praise among animal activists across Twitter.
Chanel will no longer be using fur or exotic skins. CHANEL. pic.twitter.com/3fbbA1RFvY
— Cort (@bonillacortne) 3 December 2018
Chanel to stop using “exotic” animal skins (crocodile, snake, stingray) is major news from a brand of this stature. https://t.co/mKNEZJhjep
— Lisa Tant (@LisaTant) 3 December 2018
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