Rooting from a very compassionate direction towards responsible fashion, Selfridges, the renown British department store has recently announced the ban of exotic skins sale. 14 years after initially banning fur from its designers selections,
this ethical movement aims to cut python, alligator, crocodile and lizard skins. However, sales of leather from agricultural livestock will resume.The use of leather alternatives such as recycled polyester instead of Brazilian calf leather are on the rise. A movement referred to as material innovation.
Selfridges’ buying director, Sebastian Manes, said: “I am proud to confirm that exotic skins will no longer be available to purchase at Selfridges as of February 2020. We will continue in our ambition to inspire our brands and customers through thoughtful, ethical and transparent buying strategies.”
Sloughing off the skins of four crocodiles to create one single handbag has been described as heartless and extremely wasteful. Naturally, this ban will mainly affect sales of very high end, expensive accessories, particularly shoes and handbags.
By taking this step forward, Selfridges joined a number of other renown brands that managed to enforce the same ban. Chanel enforced the same ban earlier this year, followed by Victoria Beckham who announced earlier this month that she would stop the sale of such skins. Moreover, Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, ASOS, H&M, Mango, Nike and PUMA are under the umbrella of ethical fashion responsibility..