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 an international animal protection organisation with headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Founded by Heli Dungler in 1988, the organisation strives to help animals in need through work which is based on substantiated research and scientific expertise, as well as national and international lobbying. FOUR PAWS focuses on animals who suffer under human influence: stray animals, animals used in fashion, companion animals, wild animals and farmed animals.
With offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam, FOUR PAWS aims to help animals in need directly and quickly.