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Its veteran designer Karl Lagerfeld had earlier told the industry bible Women’s Wear Daily that Chanel used fur so rarely that he could not remember the last time it featured on the catwalk.He said the brand had chosen to drop exotic skins rather than having it “imposed on us. We did it because it’s in the air.
“It’s a free choice,” he added.
Animal rights groups hailed Chanel as giving a lead to other luxury brands.
By turning its back on exotic skins, “Chanel is saving countless crocodiles, lizards, snakes and stingrays from suffering,” said HSI director Claire Bass.“The growth in fabulous luxury and eco-friendly fibres that don’t involve animals suffering and dying is helping to drive forward this new era of ethical fashion.“Fur-using brands such as Fendi (for which Lagerfeld also designs), Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton need to take heed and embrace this fur-free future,” she added
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PETA also piled the pressure on Vuitton, which is owned by fashion giant LVMH.
“It’s clear that the time is now for all companies, like Louis Vuitton, to follow Chanel’s lead and move to innovative materials that spare countless animals a miserable life and a violent, painful death,” it said.Although top fashion brands have been under heavy pressure to renounce fur, with Gucci, Armani, Versace and John Galliano all deciding to go fur-free, Chanel’s decision to stop using exotic skins came out of the blue.It said that it was now concentrating on developing a new generation of “ultra-luxurious” products to replace them from its famous design studios.Animal rights campaigns against the use of crocodile and snakeskin products have not got the same traction with the public as similar crusades against fur, with some luxury brands even investing in reptile farms so they can guarantee that skins are sourced ethically.
Chanel has made the world a little safer for snakes.