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The Karl Lagerfeld brand has ditched fur – following years of pressure from animal rights advocates.

The brand’s founder, designer Karl Lagerfeld – who died earlier this year – was a staunch defender of using animal skins in his designs.

But now, according to vegan charity PETA, the AM Retail Group (which operates Wilsons Leather, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, and other brands) and its parent company, G-III Apparel Group, have also banned fur.

‘Compassionate decision’

“PETA applauds these companies for their compassionate and business-savvy decisions, which show that fur is out and kindness is in,” PETA Director Elisa Allen said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.

“Ethical shoppers simply don’t want animals to be abused and killed for coats, collars, and cuffs, and these fur bans are proof that the fashion industry is changing to meet the rising demand for luxury animal-friendly alternatives.”

Karl Lagerfeld, AM Retail Group, and G-III Apparel Group join a growing list of other top labels – including Burberry, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Versace – in going fur-free. 

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.