Karl Lagerfeld Bans Fur After PETA US Appeal

For Immediate Release:
19 December 2019

Sascha Camilli +44 (0) 20 7923 6244; [email protected]


Brand Adds Its Name to Growing List of High-End Designers Who Have Gone Fur-Free

London  –  Following decades of pressure and protests from PETA and its affiliates, the Karl Lagerfeld brand – whose namesake founder defended the gruesome killing of animals for their skin – has banned fur. AM Retail Group (which operates Wilsons Leather, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, and other brands) and its parent company, G-III Apparel Group, have also banned fur.

“PETA applauds these companies for their compassionate and business-savvy decisions, which show that fur is out and kindness is in,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “Ethical shoppers simply don’t want animals to be abused and killed for coats, collars, and cuffs, and these fur bans are proof that the fashion industry is changing to meet the rising demand for luxury animal-friendly alternatives.”

Most animals used by the cruel fur industry spend their entire lives inside cramped cages, where they frantically pace back and forth, gnaw on the bars, and mutilate themselves. Others are caught in steel-jaw traps – which slam shut on animals’ legs, often cutting down to the bone, causing excruciating pain and blood loss. Some attempt to chew off their own limbs to escape. If trapped animals don’t die from blood loss, infection, or attacks from other animals, trappers strangle, shoot, or stamp them to death.

Karl Lagerfeld, AM Retail Group, and G-III Apparel Group join hundreds of other top labels – including Burberry, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Versace – in going fur-free.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – is sending the companies vegan chocolates in thanks for their compassionate decisions.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.