The Fur Free Alliance Celebrates Company for Being Latest International Brand to Drop 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. With this announcement, Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo have joined the international Fur Free Retailer Program.
“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.”
Mark Glover, Campaigns Director of Respect for Animals, the UK’s leading anti-fur organisation, says: “This announcement by Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo is great news. 100 million animals are killed every year just for their fur – a product nobody needs. The suffering these animals endure is extreme and completely unnecessary. Today’s announcement is another step towards the day when this appalling treatment of the animals we share the planet with is brought to an end.’
Joh Vinding, Chairman of the Fur Free Alliance, said: “The Fur Free Alliance congratulates Michael Kors for this monumental achievement. It’s becoming increasingly clear that fashion companies and consumers alike want nothing to do with unnecessary animal cruelty, especially when innovative alternatives are available.”
Michael Kors joins Gucci, Armani, Yoox Net-a-Porter, Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren,Hugo Boss and Elisabetta Franchi as fur-free leaders in luxury fashion.
Respect for Animals has been at the forefront of the anti-fur campaign in the UK since the mid 1980s. It’s innovative consumer campaigning has seen the closure of more than 90% of fur retail outlets and its lobbying work has helped see Fur Farming banned in Britain as well as the introduction of imports bans of dog and cat fur and commercial seal products in the European Union.
The Fur Free Alliance: The Fur Free Alliance is an international coalition of 40 animal protection organizations working together to end the exploitation and killing of animals for fur. The Fur Free Alliance represents millions of supporters worldwide.