Breaking news: Fashion icon Michael Kors goes fur-free

By on December 15, 2017 with 79 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

In the latest seismic shift in the industry, leading luxury fashion group Michael Kors (including its Jimmy Choo brand) has joined the fur-free movement by announcing today that it is going 100 percent fur-free. The company will phase out all fur products by the end of 2018.

Michael Kors Holdings Limited, which had a revenue of more than $4.7 billion in 2016, has been engaging with The HSUS since 2007, when the company eliminated raccoon dog fur from its line. One thing that’s become clear from our discussions is that innovations in faux fur and other fabrics have allowed Michael Kors to now shed real fur entirely.

“Due to technological advances in fabrications, we now have the ability to create a luxe aesthetic using non-animal fur,” said designer Michael Kors. “We will showcase these new techniques in our upcoming runway show in February.”

This year has been transformative for the fur-free movement with some of the biggest names in fashion pledging to go 100 percent fur-free. Along with the advances in faux fur, and the introduction of other innovative materials, it’s becoming clear that there is simply no reason to continue using a product that causes so much pain and suffering. If a company chooses to retain the look and feel of fur, it can do so without contributing to cruelty.

Gucci, Armani, Yoox Net-a-Porter, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, and so many other fur-free companies recognize this fact. With such big names getting on board with the no-fur cause, companies clinging to fur in their fashion lines will be viewed by consumers as outliers, even as remorseless. The combination of human innovation and creativity has allowed us to march into a new era of fashion, making the greatest possible difference for animals.

Please join me in thanking Michael Kors for this ethical action by leaving a comment below, or on Facebook or Instagram.

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  1. Lynnette says:

    All top designers should follow the lead, YOU are the ones that have the most power and influence!

    • Colleen Glynn says:

      I will now buy Michael Kors products since the Michael Kors’ fashion product line is fur free and cruelty free! I couldn’t buy the Michael Kors’ products and other Designers using real animal fur in the past because they weren’t cruelty free and i won’t pay to have animals tortured. *Fashion Designers: the consumers don’t agree that fashion should encourage torturing animals. Follow Michael Kors and all of the cruelty free Fashion Designers and i will buy your products!!

    • Christine says:

      I hate this idea, I love his fox pom pom, They are a great accessory to his purses. If you don’t like it buy something else, do you wear shoes, or eat chickens, fish, cows, pigs, no cruelty to animals their

      • Anon says:

        i have a faux fur pom pom on my michael kors bag & the quality is just as good & just as soft. you don’t need real fur for an item to be a luxury item. i see your point about eating animal meat but c’mon; eating the meat gives us nutrients that we need to survive whereas a pom pom is an accessory. A lot of people nowadays are vegans anyways.

  2. Gail johnston says:

    Thank you so much, if you only knew how much this means to us…hoping everyone else that makes clothing follows right behind this outstanding decision you made to save our animals..thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Gail J.

  3. Joan Barrett says:

    Many thanks to Michael Kors! This news is an early Christmas present.

  4. Joan Barrett says:

    Many thanks to Michael Kors for going fur free. This is an early Christmas present!

  5. Barbara Thies says:

    Another prestigious fashion icon says “NO!” to animal torture!
    Michael Kors – Thank you for taking this compassionate, humane and honorable stance.
    We admire you and respect your integrity!

  6. Annoula Wylderich says:

    Just left a comment on their page to thank them and let them know I will resume my loyalty to them as a customer.

  7. Nicola Gordon Bowe says:

    So glad to hear about the ethical shift in Michael Kors’ welcome rejection of the use of animal fur, as he joins enlightened other major fashion companies committed to avoid causing pain, cruelty and finally death to innocent creatures whose survival is due to their coats of fur that they have grown themselves.
    Congratulations, Michael Kors & Co.

  8. Kathy Ruddock says:

    Terrific. What a wonderful holiday gift!

  9. Nina Edwards says:

    Thank you Michael Kors for making a choice that will save our precious animals. My hope is that others will carry the same choice you have courageously made.

  10. Marcia Coco says:

    Hooray it’s about time. I’m so happy !! 💜

  11. Marie Brygider says:

    I am so happy to hear these designers are going fur-free. Animals shouldn’t have to suffer for the sake of greedy humans.

  12. Alexis Gandelman says:

    This is such great news! Great job, Michael Lors and HSUS ! 😍

  13. Christy Muller says:

    Thank you Michael Kors for doing the humane thing for animals who have no voice without people! Eliminating needless cruelty for the sake of fashion is a crucial step towards compassion for animals.

  14. Deborah Ford says:

    This makes me so happy! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
    Now I am going to go buy that Michael Kors watch that I have been looking at. This was the deciding factor!
    Thank you, Michael Kors and thank you, Humane Society and thanks to all the Fur-free companies!

  15. robyn Wilson says:

    Thank you MK for going fur free. I will be purchasing your fashion products now.

  16. Ellen says:

    So glad that fashion designers are seeing that this is a major win for animals . Kudos to Michael Kors for going cruelty free !

  17. JoEllen Wilson says:

    Thank you Michael Kors!…I make a point to do some research on all companies.Animal rights,environmental concerns,&labor conditions all figure into my purchases.
    More&more consumers are watching…
    paying attention.
    Thank you,

  18. Brenda says:

    Awesome news!!!! Animals deserve to live free and not tortured for “fashion”

    Thanks for getting us to that wonderful point in time when no animal suffers for humans’ selfishness.

  19. Geneva Mercer says:

    Thank you for going fur-free. While I don’t purchase your products, I have a beautiful throw made totally fur free, but it looks like mink and it’s wonderfully warm. Just proves we no longer need to be using fur.

  20. Pat Testa says:

    The animals thank you!!!

  21. Samantha Ahdoot says:

    Thank you for your kindness Michael Kors!

  22. Strega says:

    Wonderful! Great job! You’ve always led by example in the fashion industry, and hopefully this move for your brand(s) will be no different. From now on, being a fan of your work will include a great sense of pride.
    Congratulations Michael Kors!!

  23. Bianca Sobral says:

    Thank you for going fur free! It’s a huge deal for such a famous brand to take this kind of stand. You’re setting an amazing example for all other brands!

  24. MYRNA JUAREZ says:

    I’m delighted with the news. #Michaelkors goes fur free is a major victory. I’m definitely buying

  25. Alma says:

    THANK U!!!!! THANK U!!!!! THANK U!!!!!

    FUR FREE!!!! Others should and MUST FOLLOW TO END TORTURE & CRUELTY!! HSUS U R IT!!!!❤️

  26. Anne Greene says:

    I’m thrilled that Michael Kors FINALLY decided to eliminate real for from his products!

  27. Anne Greene says:

    I’m thrilled that Michael Kors FINALLY decided to eliminate real fur from his fashion products!

  28. Cheryl Campos says:

    Well done Michael
    Should HAVE been done many moons ago
    You took great initiative
    I will now buy your perfume

  29. Elizabeth Lewis says:

    Thank you for your very wonderful decision to do the right humane thing.

  30. David Bott says:

    Thank you very, very, very much for going fur free! God bless you and the animals you’ve saved!

  31. Laura says:

    Thank you for your humanity.

  32. Sarit Shmulevitz says:

    Thank you Michael Kors and Wayne Pacelle. From Manhattan. Best regards,

  33. Marina Chris says:

    Well done!

  34. Brenda says:

    Thank you Michael Kors – it’s about time. What took you so long to do this?

  35. Dannelle says:

    Thank you MK for deciding to save millions of innocent and beautiful animals from being skinned and worn for fashion.

  36. Michele says:

    Thank you for making a compassionate choice and saving lives!

  37. Alma Rosa Cervantes Merlo says:

    Stop tortura y comercio de pieles

  38. Alma Rosa Cervantes Merlo says:

    No más muertes ni tortura

  39. Lucy Heagy says:


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  41. Gillyroze says:

    As founder of the Brooklyn Horse Rescue, and just a concerned human being, I commend and go further – applaud the initiative being shown by the MIchael Kors brand.

    It is to be emulated, it is to be thankful that not all corporations are just evil pieces of cr@p.

  42. Cindi Keane says:

    Thank you Michael Kors for joining the many companies who have seen the needless suffering of animals the use of fur has caused as being cruel and unneeded. I love your products and will now feel even better buying your beautiful clothing knowing you have gone fur-free!

  43. Dawn Rowan says:

    I love Michael Kors fashion esthetic and have purchased his clothing for years. Now I have another reason to love him!!
    Thank you Michael Kors for choosing compassion!!
    A very satisfied customer.

  44. DORRIE silverstone says:

    Thank you.God,bless..will buy your brand with enthusiasm

  45. Maggie S says:

    Yay! If this is true I think many folks will no longer loathe fashion!

  46. Patti says:

    A huge thank you to Michael Kors for abandoning the cruel and senseless practice of using animal fur in your clothing line. This decision represents compassion, altruism, and conscience – all of which represents style and sophistication!!!

  47. Jenny says:

    Whoop Whoop! Michael, welcome to the revolution!

  48. Lynn Modrow says:

    Thanks to Michael Kors for taking a stand on beautiful fashion without the pain and suffering of natural fur.

  49. Karen Tirandazi says:

    Thank you for going fur-free!
    So many people, especially young adults are long vegan.
    Next on the list is leather!

  50. Linda Kirk says:

    Thank you from all the innocent animals!!
    God did not intend for man to torture and kill his creatures.
    Linda Kirk

  51. Lisa Soldavini says:

    Thank YOU sooo much for making the compassionate choice NOT to sell fur anymore!!

  52. Gracious Store says:

    Thanks to technology more animals can live without sacrificing their fur to the luxury of humanity

  53. Eva Ferret says:

    It’s about time they understand they can’t continue supporting the animal holocaust! Fur free is not enough! Today they all should have a ZERO animal policy! No more phasing out – just STOP!

  54. Maria says:

    Stop cruelty

  55. Katherine Nelson says:

    THANK YOU for going fur-free!

  56. Lena says:

    This is GREAT NEWS!! Thank you Michael Kors!!! ❤️

  57. Sandra Faucher says:

    Thank you for caring.

  58. Linda Hallman says:

    Thank you for saving innocent lives

  59. DIANE M KASTEL says:

    Thank you, Michael Kors, for finally realizing the immense, egregious pain and suffering to which fur-bearing animals are subjected! We are very grateful that you have made the moral decision to finally join the fur-free movement by announcing that you are going 100 percent fur-free! We are very appreciative that your company will phase out all fur products by the end of 2018!

    Your Michael Kors Holdings Limited, which had a revenue of more than $4.7 billion in 2016, has been engaging with The HSUS since 2007, when your company eliminated raccoon dog fur from its line! One thing that’s become clear from your discussions is that innovations in faux fur and other fabrics, have allowed you to now shed real fur entirely!


    We look forward to seeing you creation of a luxe aesthetic using non-animal fur, and, are quite eager to see your showcasing of these new techniques in your upcoming runway show in February!

  60. Deb Veach says:

    I’m very happy to hear the awesome news about your company going fur free!!! I believe that you made the right choice.

  61. Deb Veach says:

    I’m an animal advocate and believer that all species have the right to be loved and treated with dignity. Thanks for all the long hours and dedication you have instilled in this great cause.

  62. Harriet Russell says:

    Wonderful news!

  63. Denise says:

    Thank you thank you thank you! It is the right thing to do.❤

  64. Bobbie Lynn says:

    Michael Kors stopped using fur….REALLY? He should have never used fur in the first place….However I went to his store yesterday and they were selling REAL rabbit fur pom poms for your purse. 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

  65. Bonnie S. D. says:

    Thank you HSUS for your work and MK for this incredible, wonderful leap forward in consciousness.

  66. Julie Stephens says:

    I am ecstatic at this news!!!! Thank you MK!! The next step toward a compassionate collection is to go leather-free!

  67. Beverly Colgan says:

    Bravo! I’m going to look for your designs soon–and talk about them!

  68. Patricia Rochard-Buyse says:

    Well ok, that’s great and / BUT… IT IS ABOUT TIME !!!

  69. samuel says:

    thank u for going fur free not only does it save animals but it also helps the environment and you choice will make lots of people go fur free thank u

  70. Natalie says:

    Thank you for going fur-free! This is amazing news!

  71. Sally Palmer says:

    I adore Michael Kors’ work, and I am so happy he will as always be a fashion leader as he goes forward in this new direction that will save countless animals from a nightmare life of suffering and despair and a horrific death. Thank you, dear Mr. Kors. Can’t wait to see the new luxe line.

  72. Valerie Stern says:

    Bravo and welcome to the kinder, compassionate, concerned and committed human community.

  73. Chloe says:

    Thank u so much for caring about poor animals that have been killed just for money and clothing.Thats not important, life of animals are.



  75. Natalie says:

    From the countless animals who rely on us to be their voices- THANK YOU! As for me I will now proudly (and finally) wear your label. It does mean a lot to us, as consumers, to know that large organizations like yours are listening and doing something good and profound to bring change in the industry.
    Many thanks- now time to go shopping!

  76. Susan Krauss says:

    It is delightful to learn that Michael Kors will be creating Faux Fur designs and end all fur design for it’s creations.

    I am lookinf fprward,to Faux Leathwr purses,as well and hope to buy your jewellery and watch designs,now that you are a Compassionate and Faux FurCompany.

    Thank you.

    Best Susan


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