Victoria Beckham has announced she will be banning the use of exotic animal skins in her collections from AW19 – her luxury brand is already fur-free.
In a statement the brand said: “Victoria Beckham will cease the use of exotic skins in all collections as of autumn 19. The Victoria Beckham brand has never used fur in its clothing or accessories collections and confirmed last year that the brand will remain fur free.”
The move was applauded by animal rights organisation PETA, which has been lobbying designers to drop exotic skins from their collections.
"Behind every crocodile, alligator, snake, or lizard handbag or pair of shoes is a violent death," said PETA Director Elisa Allen. "Victoria Beckham's decision to ban exotic skins will spare countless remarkable animals immense suffering, and PETA calls on other luxury brands to follow her kind example."
The move by Beckham follows a string of announcements from fellow luxury brands dropping fur and/or exotic skins from their collections. Recent announcements to drop fur have come from Gucci, Michael Kors, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Versace, John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Tom Ford and, just yesterday, New York designer Phillip Lim added his name to the list.
Global luxury online groups Farfetch and Yoox Net-A-Porter have both banned the sale of fur on their platforms.