British retailer Selfridges has announced that it will stop selling commodities made from tropical swine scalps such as python, alligator, lizard and crocodile bark from 2020.

selfridges bans exotic animal skins

Cruelty-free fashion is in vogue right now, so much better so in fact that decorators are reporting their intentions to ban the use of fleece and strange animal surfaces from their collectings with increasing frequency.

Fur has been rapidly falling out of fashion with decorators in recent years with large-hearted firebrands such as Yoox Net-a-Porter Group, Gucci, Michael Kors, Versace, Burberry, Donna Karan, Coach, Chanel, Jean Paul Gautier and Jimmy Choo all turning their backs on fur.

Now high-street retailers are waking up and making see by examining their own sale of makes formed with fabrics that are far from cruelty-free.

British department store Selfridge has just announced plans to phase out sales of products made of python, alligator, lizard and crocodile skin with its ultimate aim being to only sell leather from agricultural livestock as of February 2020, despite the agony of swine at the entrusts of the leather industry.

The retailer is also working towards must make sure that half of all its produces are eco-friendly by 2022 and that “ethical and environmental considerations are perform noticeable and accessible towards customers.”

Speaking about the decision to WWD, Selfridges’ buying head Sebastian Manes said:” We are dedicated to being at the terribly forefront of future-thinking retail. For us, that’s a future where indulgence is defined by artistry and substance innovation .”

The decision to cease the sales of commodities made from exotic skins has been praised by Humane Society International.

“Banning exotic surfaces in recognition of the serious animal welfare issues that exist in this industry is a natural next gradation for a responsible retailer, ” said Claire Bass, the organization’s executive director.

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