Is Fur ‘Back’?

For Immediate Release:
April 3, 2015

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Last month, in the wake of international fashion week events, the presence of fur on the runways led some writers to publish their annual “fur is back” story. But appearances can be deceiving, as this piece from last week’s Telegraph reveals. Fur may be featured on runways as the result of deceptive sponsorship deals, but the only fur that’s flying off the shelves is faux.

This week, American raw-fur buyers announced that prices were plummeting because of a lack of demand, and Canadian sealers said that they won’t bother killing animals this spring for the same reason. In addition to the many designers—including Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, and Ralph Lauren—who have renounced fur, many American mass-market chains, such as The Limited, Gap Inc., Banana Republic, and Express, have also adopted a fur-free policy.

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