Designers ditch fur for London Fashion Week


In this file photo taken on February 20, 2017 models present creations from the Burberry collection during a catwalk show on the fourth day of the Autumn/Winter 2017 London Fashion Week in London.

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No animal fur will be used on the catwalk at London Fashion Week, which starts next Thursday, following a survey of the attitudes of leading designers, the British Fashion Council (BFC) said Friday.

The survey results reflected "a cultural change based on ideals and choices made by designer businesses, international brands as well as consumer sentiment," the council said in a statement. 

Activists praised the move, with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) tweeting: "Well done to the designers showing at #LFW for ditching fur this season."

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London fashion week vows to be fur-free

London has become the first of the main fashion weeks to ditch animal fur in its shows after the British Fashion Council (BFC) said none of the designers participating on the official schedule would be using it.

The council’s chief executive, Caroline Rush, said the 100% fur-free event this month ‘highlights a trend we have seen over the past few years, with more and more brands deciding to use alternative materials to fur’.

Wendy Higgins, the director of international media at Humane Society International UK, said the organisation first met Burberry almost a decade ago to urge the company to drop fur.

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  • Publisher: the Guardian
  • Date: 2018-09-07T05:00:30.000Z
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Burberry Stops Destroying Product and Bans Real Fur

A PR backlash enveloped Burberry following the revelation that it destroyed ‘28.6 million worth of unsold product last year. Now, the company is ending the practice and banning animal fur. In a global exclusive interview, BoF’s Imran Amed sits down with Burberry CEO Marco Gobbetti to decode the thinking behind the move.

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LONDON, United Kingdom — Burberry is stopping its longstanding practice of destroying unsold product after a firestorm of negative press and social media posts in July. That month, it emerged that the British brand had destroyed £28.6 million ($36.8 million) worth of product — including clothing, accessories and perfume — in fiscal 2017/2018. The company has destroyed £105 million ($135 million) of unsold product in the last five years, a practice it has previously disclosed in its annual reports.

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  • Date: 2018-09-06 05:28:10
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Will London Fashion Week Ditch Fur Following Pressure?

In her letter to BFC Chair Stephanie Phair, Faith asked the organization to ban the use of animal fur at all its events, including London Fashion Week.

Faith claims the market for fur has all but disappeared in the UK, which banned fur farming almost two decades ago, saying: “The BFC shouldn’t be endorsing a material whose production is deemed so cruel that it is outlawed in the UK.

According to PETA, it carried out a poll which found that 95 percent of designers with a show or presentation at London Fashion Week in February didn’t use fur in their autumn/winter 2018 collections, including Burberry and Mulberry.

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