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Gucci goes fur-free – Now, how about leather?

ABC News: ‘Italy’s Gucci will stop using fur in its designs from next year, joining a growing number of fashion houses looking at alternatives after coming under pressure from animal rights activists and changing consumer tastes. Gucci, part of Paris-based luxury group Kering, has paraded models down the catwalk in luxurious fur coats for decades and creative director Alessandro Michele brought in loafers and sling-backs lined with kangaroo fur two years ago. But the brand said it would now join an alliance of fur-free companies, adding it would sell off the remaining accessories and clothing made with animal fur in a charity auction. The proceeds will go to animal rights organisations Humane Society International and LAV… Animal rights campaigners said they hoped the move by the Italian fashion house could have a knock-on effect. “Gucci’s decision will radically change the future of fashion,” Simone Pavesi, manager of animal-free fashion at Italian campaign group LAV, said. “As fashion becomes more and more ethical, supply chains that revolve around animals will be a thing of the past”.’ SOURCE…

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