Chanel has announced that it will ban fur and exotic skins from its collections saying it wants to maintain ethical standards and following pressure from animal rights campaigners.
The internationally renowned French fashion house announced that it will stop producing garments and accessories made from animal fur as well as leathery skins such as crocodile, lizard and snake.
A spokeswoman for Chanel told CNN that the decision was taken partly because it is not possible to obtain such products which meet the company’s principles.
She said: “At Chanel, we are continually reviewing our supply chains to ensure they meet our expectations of integrity and traceability. In this context, it is our experience that it is becoming increasingly difficult to source exotic skins which match our ethical standards.”
Chanel’s creative director since 1983 is Karl Lagerfeld. He took the job 12 years after the death of its founder Coco Chanel. In a former role at Fendi, he introduced the use of skins such as mole, rabbit, and squirrel pelts into his designs.Gucci announced a similar move last year by pledging not to use mink, coyote, raccoon dog, fox or any other animal bred or caught for its fur.