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Gucci goes fur-free in move praised as a game-changer

12 October 2017

Gucci joins several other major fashion brands and retailers in going fur-free, including Armani, Stella McCartney, Yoox Net-a-Porter and HUGO BOSS.

The move has been welcomed by animal rights activists, who have campaigned for years to ban fur in the fashion industry.

Gucci has agreed that beginning with its spring summer 2018 collection, the fashion house will no longer use real animal fur in any of its designs.

Marco Bizzarri, president and CEO of Gucci, has announced that the Italian fashion house is going to stop producing fur, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Gucci's commitment follows a long-standing relationship with the HSUS and LAV-members of the global Fur Free Alliance, a coalition of more than 40 animal protection organizations working together to end the fur trade.

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"We will continue to strive to do better for the environment and animals". For this powerhouse to end the use of fur because of the cruelty involved will have a huge ripple effect throughout the world of fashion. Products, like Gucci's fur-lined loafers, will be replaced with products made of faux-fur, wool, and new fabrics.

Gucci has joined the fur-free brigade.

Senior manager of fashion policy for The HSUS PJ Smith praised Gucci's decision, saying, "Gucci's decision is a game-changing moment in the fashion industry". Protesters have long flocked to fashion weeks around the world to decry the practice of wearing animal skins.

The approach, Bizzarri explained is making "sustainability an intricate part" of the Gucci business.

Guccis fur-free decision is part of the companys new 10-year "Culture of Purpose" sustainability plan, which also includes the houses commitment to contribute 1 million euros as a founding partner of UNICEFs Girls Empowerment Initiative. The moves comes as Bizzarri added that over 60 percent of Gucci's employees are women and that gender diversity was a priority for the luxury label.

Gucci goes fur-free in move praised as a game-changer