For Fashion Week, let’s celebrate the brands putting fur out of fashion

By on September 9, 2022 with 12 Comments

I remember when fall fashion used to be practically synonymous with fur on the runways and in the stores of many of the top luxury brands. Not so, anymore. We’ve seen a paradigm shift over the past several years, with major company after major company announcing fur-free policies, Elle Magazine no longer publishing photos or stories that show fur, not to mention fur sales bans passing in city after city in the U.S. and fur farms being shuttered in countries across the globe. And after COVID-19 swept through hundreds of mink fur farms (including 18 in the U.S.), the absurdity of continuing to support the fur trade became even further underscored.

As New York Fashion Week kicks off, I’m excited to announce that this year our signature To The Rescue! Gala, taking place in New York City on Nov. 11, will take an inside look at our fight to end the cruel fur industry, as we congratulate the designers, companies and innovators who have cleared fur from their racks and chosen faux.

Indeed, there’s a lot to celebrate when it comes to this theme: A majority of brands, retailers and designers have gone fur-free in recent years. We’ve recently seen Italian luxury brands Moncler and Dolce&Gabbana announce fur-free policies, joining so many others that have opted for modern, cruelty-free materials that do not involve the inherent cruelty and environmental degradation that goes hand in hand with caging and killing millions of animals such as foxes, raccoon dogs and mink.

We’ve already been seeing a lot less animal fur on the runways this year, and I look forward to seeing more and more fur-free styles and innovations during this fashion week, especially as we gear up for our gala. To help celebrate this progress, we’re honored to have Neiman Marcus Group, whose fur-free policy takes effect in 2023, be this year’s top sponsor. We worked with the luxury retailer to announce its fur-free policy last year and have worked with them closely ever since.

Not only will our gala take a deeper look at why the fashion industry is distancing itself from animal fur, but we’re also going to explore the material innovation that is replacing fur and other materials in stores and on runways. To that end, the event will also be sponsored by Mylo, the company behind bio-based leather made from mycelium, the root-like structure of mushrooms.

The fashion industry has come so far by first taking an important step away from using fur—and the future looks extremely promising, with exciting innovations leading to an even more humane world of fashion.

We’re looking forward to our gala so that we can further shine a spotlight on a fur-free future and celebrate today’s work to end animal cruelty around the world. We are also delighted to be honoring Mars, a top global partner in our work to protect all animals. You can learn more about To The Rescue! Gala or purchase tickets here.

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  1. Ewa Urbanski says:

    Es muss verboten werden Tiere zu schlachten damit wir uns die Haut derer auf die eigenen Körper legen können und die Kleidung damit schmücken.
    Vielen Dank für Ihren Einsatz zur Beendigung diese Geschäfte !!!!!

  2. Ulrich Stolarczyk says:

    Denmark killed 17 Millions fur-animals in an hurry, because corona-mutation- for a stupid brutal fashion trend animals have to suffer. Stupid arrogant and ignorant people buy fur – not able or willing to recognize the brutality and torture. Denmark the biggest fur-torture country in Europe! A civilized country?

  3. Marlene Ponce says:

    Cuanta ignorancia entre algunos seres humanos que creen ser más importantes por usar pieles, solo son un cementerio de animales.Dios que creo al hombre a su imagen y semejanza y nunca para esto.

  4. Laurie Rovner says:

    We still have celebrities like Jennifer Lopez who wears furs all the time and has done for many years.

  5. Ellen Swager says:

    There are just so many more animals affected with this than I ever new. Even sheep for wool. I think most of us have a picture of pastoral scenes with sheep calmly being shaved for their wool. From what I’ve seen and read, this is not the case at all. Please educate yourself as much as possible on this subject, as I did. They suffer terribly, too, as do goats, chickens, turkeys, and the list just keeps going.
    I’m even questioning whether saving the animals from extinction is such a great thing. Basically they just end up as more animals to torture.
    Thank you, Neiman Marcus, for doing a great thing!

  6. Kelley King says:

    Let us not forget some of the famous female celebrities out there who flaunt their fur coats.

    Why is no one calling them out?

  7. Gay Smith says:

    There is no need for real furs when they can be made with artificial material. I don’t understand why people want to wear them anyway.

  8. Janet M. Ginepro says:

    Besides fur farms, something needs to be done about trapping. There are shows on tv like Mountain Men and Life Below Zero that feature people who are trappers. I feel like they are trying to normalize this cruelty and encourage it. Something needs to be done to take these shows off the air.

    • Rosemary Lowe says:

      Absolutely! I rescued a coyote from a steel trap–it took some time, and we luckily had a folding shovel to help open the trap. Luckily, the coyote was not injured to badly yet–just the toes was in the trap’s grip. It seemed like forever before we freed him–he limped off, several yards toward the Rio Grande. Then stopped and turned to look at us two humans–as if to say, “thank you for saving me.” It was a Life Changing Moment, and I have been an animal defender ever since–and will remain so until I die. Traps are still everywhere–out here in The West, the Livestock Industry encourages and uses them, with help from U.S. Animal “Services” (aka Animal Damage Control) My motto is: If you see a steel trap, Take It–the info below suggests ways to safely remove them.

  9. Patty says:

    Thank you so much for your work on banning the use of fur— the cruelty involved in for farming is abysmal. Thank you for standing up for animals.

  10. Karin Erker says:

    Stop das grausame töten von Tieren

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