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Burberry bans fur from catwalk and reviews its use elsewhere in its collections

Lauretta Roberts
06 May 2018

British luxury house Burberry looks set to be the next big name in fashion to banish fur having confirmed it has banned it from its catwalk shows and will be reviewing its use throughout the rest of its collections.

According to The Times, the brand confirmed it did not use real fur in its September 2017 and February 2018 catwalk shows at London Fashion Week but it had been present elsewhere in its collections, though it insisted the fur was ethically sourced.

“On the limited occasions . . . fur has been considered important to design, we have insisted that it is sourced from authorised, regularly inspected suppliers operating to high ethical standards,” the brand told the newspaper.

Burberry confirmed that it has used furs such as Arctic fox, Asiatic raccoon, mink, fox and rabbit fur "which adhere to EU laws and our responsible sourcing policy”. Their use, however, is now being reviewed with a view to phasing them out.

On the brand's website it is currently selling trench-coats with detachable fox fur collars, as well as puffer coats and parkas with raccoon-trimmed hoods, along with some faux-fur styles.

Should Burberry abstain from fur use altogether, it would join a growing number of luxury and premium brands and designers to do so in the past year including Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Tom Ford, Versace, John Galliano, Furla, Donna Karan and DKNY.

The review at Burberry is not believed to be linked to the change of guard at the top of the business. Former chief creative officer Christopher Bailey showed his last collection for the brand in February of this year and has been replaced by Riccardo Tisci, formerly of Givenchy. Tisci has designed with fur in the past.

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