GUCCI GOES FUR FREE
October 12, 2017
London (October 11, 2017) - Humane Society International (HSI), along with the Fur Free Alliance (FFA), are pleased that the leading global fashion house Gucci has announced it will no longer use animal fur, beginning with its spring summer 2018 collection. Gucci's President & CEO Marco Bizzarri announced the fur-free policy on Wednesday, October 11th during the 2017 Kering Talk at The London College of Fashion.
Gucci's commitment follows a long-standing relationship with The Humane Society of the United States and LAV - members of the international Fur Free Alliance, a coalition of more than 40 animal protection organisations working together to end the fur trade.
Gucci's fur-free policy includes mink, coyote, raccoon dog, fox, rabbit, and karakul (otherwise known as Swakara, Persian lamb or astrakhan) and all other species specially bred or caught for fur.
The HSUS and LAV will continue to support Gucci in identifying and reducing its impact on animals and the environment.
The company joins many other leading fashion brands and retailers in going fur-free - including Armani, HUGO BOSS, Yoox Net-a-Porter, Stella McCartney and more - and will be part of the international Fur Free Retailer Program.
Kitty Block, President of Humane Society International, said: "Gucci going fur-free is a huge game-changer. For this powerhouse to end the use of fur because of the cruelty involved will have a huge ripple effect throughout the world of fashion. A staggering one hundred million animals a year still suffer for the fur industry, but that can only be sustained for as long as designers continue to use fur and consumers purchase it. So we commend Gucci's compassionate decision, and for helping to ensure that the future of fashion is fur-free."
Marco Bizzarri, Gucci's President & CEO, said: "Being socially responsible is one of Gucci's core values, and we will continue to strive to do better for the environment and animals. With the help of HSUS and LAV, Gucci is excited to take this next step and hopes it will help inspire innovation and raise awareness, changing the luxury fashion industry for the better."
Joh Vinding, Chairman of Fur Free Alliance, said: "For decades animals in the fur industry has been subjected to intense cruelty, living their entire lives in miserable, filthy cages. Gucci's new fur free policy marks a game-changer for the whole luxury fashion industry to follow. Gucci is taking a bold stand for animals, showing the world that the future of fashion is fur-free."
Image: Raccoon dogs - Jo-Anne McArthur / SPCA