Michael Kors Holding Limited, a global fashion luxury group, has announced that it will no longer use animal fur in its products, with production being phased out by the end of December 2018.
“FOUR PAWS congratulates Michael Kors on the decision to stop the production of animal fur and commit to the Fur Free Retailer Programme. Thanks to such innovative steps being taken by leading companies, a fur-free future for the fashion industry is on the horizon. Moreover, we hope it will inspire other companies to join the fur-free movement as well.”
Thomas Pietsch, FOUR PAWS wild animal expert
“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, company 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 fabrics, we now have the ability to create a luxe aesthetic using non-animal fur. We will showcase these new techniques in our upcoming runway show in February.”
Michael Kors, designer
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 and Hugo Boss as fur-free leaders in luxury fashion.
FOUR PAWS is the global animal welfare organisation for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need and protects them.
Founded in 1988 in Vienna by Heli Dungler, the organisation advocates for a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding. FOUR PAWS’ sustainable campaigns and projects focus on companion animals including stray dogs and cats, animals in fashion, and wild animals – such as bears, big cats, orangutans and elephants – kept in inappropriate conditions as well as in disaster and conflict zones.
With offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Kosovo, the Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, Hungary, the UK, the USA and Vietnam as well as sanctuaries for rescued animals in 12 countries, FOUR PAWS provides rapid help and long-term solutions. www.four-paws.org.au