Gucci boss pledges firm to go fur free in 2018

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    Image caption The policy change will come into effect in 2018

    Luxury fashion brand Gucci will go fur-free from next year, the company’s chief executive has announced.

    Marco Bizzarri said on Wednesday during an event at the London College of Fashion that the move formed part of a commitment to “sustainability”.

    The Italian fashion house will make the changes from the brand’s spring-summer 2018 collection and auction off all of its remaining animal fur items.

    Campaigners hailed the move as a “huge game-changer” in the fashion world.

    The change means Gucci will no longer use mink, coyote, raccoon dog, fox, rabbit and all others species specially bred or caught.

    Mr Bizzarri 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.

    He said the new approach was in part thanks to Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, who was appointed in 2015.

    “In selecting a new creative director I wanted to find someone who shared a belief in the importance of the same values. I sensed that immediately on meeting Alessandro for the first time,” Mr Bizzarri said.

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    Image caption Mr Bizzarri made the announcement during a talk at the London College of Fashion on Wednesday

    Gucci’s remaining animal fur items will be sold at auction, with the proceeds going to animal rights organisations Humane Society International and LAV.

    Kitty Block, president of Humane Society International, welcomed the brand’s “compassionate decision”.

    “Gucci going fur-free is a huge game-changer,” she said.

    “For this Italian powerhouse to end the use of fur because of the cruelty involved will have a huge ripple effect throughout the world of fashion.”

    Gucci will become part of the Fur Free Alliance – an international group of organisations which campaigns on animal welfare and promotes alternatives to fur in the fashion industry.

    Joh Vinding, the alliance’s chairman, said: “Gucci is taking a bold stand for animals, showing the world that the future of fashion is fur-free.”

    Gucci’s decision follows that of its Italian fashion rival Armani, which announced last year that it would no longer feature fur in its collections.

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41590946

    Fur farming was banned in the UK in 2000.

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