– EN Fashion – Victoria Beckham’s label will no longer use exotic skins, as it continues its pledge to create clothes and accessories out of “more ethically sourced products”.
Two months after Chanel also ditched exotic skins, former Spice Girls star Victoria’s brand has done the same, with a spokesperson telling Women’s Wear Daily in a statement: “As a business, we have been looking to action the use of more ethically sourced products that have less environmental impact for some time.
“We are happy to confirm that we will cease using exotic skins in all future collections as of our main fall 2019 ready-to-wear presentation. This decision reflects the wishes of not only the brand, but also that of our customers.”
The move was praised by animal rights organisation PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of animals), with director Elisa Allen saying: “Victoria Beckham’s decision to ban exotic skins will spare countless remarkable animals immense suffering, and PETA calls on other luxury brands to follow her kind example.”
Victoria has long had a no-fur policy, however, and has never used fur in her collections.
Speaking previously to Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper about her stance on fur, Victoria explained: “I just couldn’t do it. There is no way I would wear real fur, let alone think of using it for any of my designs.”
Victoria joins other brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Diane von Furstenberg, Nike, ASOS, Topshop, H&M and Puma by banning the use of exotic skins. Chanel announced their decision not to use any exotic skins in future ranges last December (18), with a spokesperson saying at the time: “We are continually reviewing our supply chains to ensure they meet our expectations of integrity and traceability. In this context, it is our experience that it is becoming increasingly difficult to source exotic skins which match our ethical standards.”