With Karl Lagerfeld, another large brand now dispenses with the use of furs in its products. The AM Retail Group, which operates the Lagerfeld stores, and the US parent company G-III Apparel Group will also stop using furs.
Even though the name Lagerfeld is certainly in the foreground here, the more extensive decision by AM Retail to generally become fur-free is important. Especially since the company not only operates stores from Karl Lagerfeld Paris, but also chains such as Wilsons Leather, GH Bass & Co. and Calvin Klein Performance.
The news itself came from the animal welfare organization PETA, which said that this move reflects the views of today’s “ethical buyers”. She added that “these fur bans are evidence that the fashion industry is changing to meet the increasing demand for luxurious, pet-friendly alternatives.”
The late Karl Lagerfeld regularly used fur in his collections.
Lagerfeld had spoken out in an interview with The New York Times in 2015 for the use of fur. Even then, his reasoning was poorly tied up rather than convincing: Lagerfeld warned that there was a whole industry behind the fur, which would then be robbed of its work.
There was also a round of Whataboustism: people wear leather and eat meat – then it is hypocritical to only fight against the brutal killing of animals for the fashion industry. Whether those who were behind the decision probably thought of Lagerfeld’s stance? We do not know. However, we think this new development is great!!
The fur ripped off, including blood and muscles: This is what an activist protested against a fur fashion show by Karl Lagerfeld in Paris.
In recent years the number of high-end labels that reject fur has increased significantly. The top labels that have taken the path to fur-free today include Burberry, Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors and Versace.
The French group SMCP recently announced that its premium brands Sandro, Maje and Claudie Pierlot will stop selling fur.
Both consumers and employees of fashion and retail companies are increasingly opposed to fur and focus on “vegan” alternatives.
This is also reflected in legislation – California has banned the sale and manufacture of new fur products in this state this year.
My comment: “I have no boss, except myself and my cat Choupette,” said Lagerfeld shortly before his death, last June in the business newspaper “Les Echos”.
Obviously his moral principles stretched to the love of his cat, but he ignored other fur animals and used them excessively for the senseless world of fashion.
I always asked myself: What would he say if one were to pull off the skin of his “Choupette” while she were alive?
Criticism of his love for fur left the fashion tsar completely cold. “The problem with fur…For me, as long as people eat meat and wear leather, I don’t get the message.” he told the New York Times in 2015.
And then I heard that he finally died, that was February 2019, and immediately thought: One less asshole!
“There are not too many people with an opinion I care for”, he used to say.
Oh Karl! Animal torture is not about opinions but about abolish it.
What a pity you couldn’t experience it!!
I’m an ASSHOLE, I’m wearing FUR
My best regards to all, Venus