Victoria Beckham Bans Exotic Skins
Waves are happening in the designing world as of late. With the rise of veganism and animal equality, luxury brands are implementing strict no animal skin policies. The most recent brand to step up to the mark is Victoria Beckham.
The British fashion mogul has in fact always implemented a no-fur policy within her brand, but has now announced a leap forward by banning the use of exotic skins. This new mandate excludes the use of snake, crocodile and other reptile skin—materials that are most notably used to manufacture luxury handbags and shoes. The decision comes into effect starting with her Fall/Winter 2019 ready-to-wear collection.
VB’s pledge certainly follows a recent shift in intolerance towards animal cruelty, with the likes of Chanel and Vivienne Westwood also pledging to ban the use of fur and exotic skins. This progression into more ethically sustainable fashion is not only satisfying consumer demands but puts a significant amount of pressure on other luxury houses to practice ethical trading.
Upon hearing the news, director of PETA, Elisa Allen commented:
"Behind every crocodile, alligator, snake or lizard handbag or pair of shoes is a violent death. 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."
The announcement comes just ahead of London Fashion Week this Friday and seems perfectly in tune with the last LFW that was completely fur free. For the very first time last September, not one of the 80 featured designers used fur in their collections. The tide is starting to turn across the international fashion capitals too, with Los Angeles hosting the first Vegan Fashion Week at the start of this month.
(Related: The First Ever Vegan Fashion Week)