Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo to stop using fur

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Luxury global fashion group Michael Kors has announced it will be 100% fur-free by the end of 2018, including the Michael Kors’ Jimmy Choo brand.

Michael Kors is the latest major fashion brand to pledge to become fur-free and join the international Fur Free Retailer program. The company will phase out all fur products by the end of 2018.

Designer 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 eliminated raccoon dog fur from its products in 2007 and has since been working with the Humane Society International to make its products more animal-friendly and cruelty free.

Kitty Block, president of the Humane Society International, said: “Killing animals for fur is cruel and outdated, and so it’s hugely exciting to see forward-looking fashion designers such as Michael Kors take fur out of their collections.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.”

The move follows an announcement earlier this week that London’s Spitalfields Market would be banning the sale of fur in 2018.