Los Angeles, has become the largest city in the U.S. to ban the sale of fur clothing and accessories.
The ban was unanimously voted in on Tuesday and it directs the Los Angeles City Attorney to design a policy that would make fur sales completely illegal.
The council expects that the city attorney will return with the requisite language in about a month. The ban will take effect two years from the day it is signed into law. Council member Bob Blumenfield, who introduced the motion, said: “This is L.A. taking a stand and saying we will no longer be complicit in the inhumane and vile fur trade that’s been going on for years.”
Recent London Fashion Weeks have also been in the news for the multitude of anti-fur protesters outside shows. Burberry was often the biggest target.
The British brand has announced that they will be reconsidering its use of fur in the near future.
“On the limited occasions... fur has been considered important to design, we have insisted that it is sourced from authorised, regularly inspected suppliers operating to high ethical standards,” the fashion house told the Sunday Times. “There wasn’t any real fur in Burberry’s September 2017 or February 2018 runway collections. We can confirm that we are currently reviewing our use of real fur.”
This move in the right direction will put Burberry in the good company of designers who have chosen to go fur-free as well:
In October 2017, Gucci CEO Marco Bizzari revealed that Gucci would be removing fur from all its collections as of Spring/Summer 2018. "We've been talking about it, Alessandro and I, for a few months. Technology is now available that means you don't need to use fur. The alternatives are luxurious. There is just no need," Bizzarri told Vogue.
Michael Kors committed to going fur-free in December 2017, with production of fur set to be phased out by the end of December 2018. The company's policy also applies to the Jimmy Choo brand, which Kors acquired in July.
Donatella Versace announced in March of this year that her family's brand will no longer use real fur in its products. "Fur? I am out of that. I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion. It doesn’t feel right," the Italian designer told Luke Leitch in an interview for The Economist's 1843 magazine.
DKNY and Donna Karan's parent company announced that the brands will be going fur-free in 2019. This comes as a result of a long standing relationship with Humane Society International's American affiliate HSUS. "HSI is delighted that since Gucci declared fur to be out-dated, designers have been racing to prove their relevance by dropping the archaic material," said Wendy Higgins, director of international media at HSI.
Giorgio Armani revealed his intentions to stop using fur in March 2016. The brand committed to the new policy for its Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani and Armani Privé Collections from Autumn/Winter 2016 onwards.
Vivienne Westwood is one of the designers who has been anti-fur for a very long time. She banned fur from her collections in 2007 after meeting with members of PETA.
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