To the joy of animal lovers everywhere, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen both announced that they were finally ditching fur in late March 2021. This compassionate move follows in the footsteps of many other luxury fashion designers who have gone fur-free over the past few years.
Of course, designers like Calvin Klein and Stella McCartney have built their brands on the basis of being fur-free, which has helped pave the way for other brands to do the same. It’s a relief to finally see so many other brands ditching the cruel material, and to celebrate that, we’ve rounded up 12 luxury fashion houses that have gone fur-free in recent years.
On March 30, 2021, Kering, the parent company of Alexander McQueen, announced that the designer was officially ditching fur, W reported.
Italian fashion label Armani pledged to ditch fur back in 2016, following years of animal rights campaigns targeting the company.
Like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga is owned by Kering, and Kering also announced that Balenciaga is officially fur-free as of March 2021. However, Balenciaga actually began phasing out fur when Demna Gvasalia joined the company as creative director in 2015, as per W.
Following a PR scandal when it was discovered that Burberry was incinerating unsold merchandise, in 2018, Burberry committed to both ditching fur and to quitting burning garments, Elle reported.
In 2017, Gucci banned the use of fur. This followed 20 years of campaigns aimed at the company by PETA, according to the animal rights organization.
In 2015, Hugo Boss enacted a fur-free policy across the entire label.
In 2017, luxury shoe label Jimmy Choo announced it was phasing out fur by the end of 2018, as part of Michael Kors Holdings Limited’s (now Capri Holdings Limited) pledge to do the same, as per Plant Based News.
In early 2020, Global Brands Group announced that all of its subsidiaries were going fur-free, including Kenneth Cole. Other Global Brands Group fashion labels affected by the change included AllSaints, Calvin Klein (which had already been fur-free for decades), Dakine, Ellen Tracy, Frye, Goats, Jones New York, Juicy Couture, Karen Millen, Katy Perry, Sean John, Spyder, Tahari, and Taryn Rose.
In 2019, Prada and its subsidiaries Car Shoe, Church's, and Miu Miu all committed to becoming fur-free labels.
In 2017, Michael Kors announced that it was going fur-free, along with all other Capri Holdings Limited brands.
In 2018, Versace made its decision to phase out fur even clearer, with Donatella Versace telling The Economist, “I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion. It doesn’t feel right.”
Some of these animal-based materials have gained reputations for being natural or sustainable; however, the truth is that they are anything but. With so many innovators creating new, environmentally-friendly, and animal-free vegan fabrics, hopefully the above brands will continue shifting away from animal-based materials in the near future.