Chanel joins with big-name brands to ban fur AND animal skins

Renowned French fashion brand, Chanel has made the ethical decision to ban fur and skins from its future collections.

It was recently announced that the company would stop using fur and skins such as lizard and snake leather. A spokesperson for Chanel told CNN that part of this decision was due to it “becoming increasingly difficult to source exotic skins which match our ethical standards.”

Animal rights organisations have been praising the brand for making the ‘right decision.’

This news follows an increasing number of fashion brands claiming to be banning similar non-sustainable materials. The likes of Burberry, Michael Kors and Versace have already made their step in the fur-free direction.

It seems fur-free is the fashionable trend for most brands at the moment but the banning of skins isn’t as popular.

It is more likely for brands to try and find different ways of sourcing exotic skins than to abolish them from collections completely. Chanel is the first luxury brand to ban them.

Creative Director of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, has spoke out in the past about the criticisms of the brand’s use of fur.

In an interview with The New York Times in 2015 in response to PETA, Lagerfeld said: “It’s very easy to say no fur, no fur, no fur, but it’s an industry. Who will pay for all the unemployment of the people if you suppress the industry of the fur? The hunters in the north for the sable, they have no other job, there is nothing else to do.

Well, times have changed.

Which brand do you think will be next to go fur or animal skin free. Tweet us at @ecostyletweets. 

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