The Humane Society praises Michael Kors' ban on fur
Michael Kors is the latest luxury fashion brand to announce it is banning fur from its collections, prompting applause from the Humane Society International.
The Michael Kors group, which also includes British footwear and accessories brand Jimmy Choo, is to phase out all fur from its collections by the end of 2018.
In a statement the brand's founder Michael Kors said: "Due to technological advances in fabrications, we now have the ability to create a luxe aesthetic using non-animal fur. We will showcase these new techniques in our upcoming runway show in February."
Michael Kors is the latest in a string of brands to remove fur from its collections. Italian luxury house Gucci recently announced a ban, while global luxury online retailer Yoox Net-A-Porter has also said it will no longer sell fur products across its online platforms.
The move by Michael Kors prompted praise from the Humane Society International whose president Kitty Block said it represented the shifting sentiment of consumers who are now demanding more ethical fashion. "Killing animals for fur is cruel and outdated, and so it's hugely exciting to see forward-looking fashion designers such as Michael Kors take fur out of their collections.
"It's clear that consumer demand for ethical fashion includes a strong desire for an end to fur, and so we are delighted to welcome Michael Kors as a fur-free leader in luxury fashion alongside the likes of Gucci, Armani, Yoox Net-a-Porter, Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss," Block said.
British designer Stella McCartney, who has led the movement in ethical luxury fashion by refusing to use fur, animal skins and feathers in collections, was awarded a Special Recognition Awards at The Fashion Awards earlier this month in recognition for her innovation in this field.