FUR-FREE PLEDGES: After what was said to be years of appeals and pressure by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and its affiliates, the Karl Lagerfeld brand is among the latest labels to go fur-free. The animal rights group revealed the news Wednesday.
Executives at the AM Retail Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of G-III Apparel Group, and G-III Apparel Group itself have agreed to ban fur, according to PETA. The AM Retail Group operates stores owned by G-III — Wilsons Leather, G.H. Bass & Co., Calvin Klein Performance, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, and DKNY stores. The G-III Apparel Group includes such brands as Andrew Marc. Supporters of PETA had first reached out to Lagerfeld in 1995, a PETA spokeswoman said Wednesday. Lagerfeld, who designed Chanel and Fendi women’s as well as his own line, died in February.
G-III’s Morris Goldfarb, chairman and chief executive officer, was not immediately available for comment Wednesday.
A representative from the International Fur Trade Federation did not respond immediately for a request for comment Wednesday.
Andrew Marc is selling through its fur inventory and Wilsons Leather has pulled fur merchandise from its e-commerce site, according to the PETA spokeswoman. The fur-free policy applies to the Karl Lagerfeld brand
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