(Picture: Yui Mok/PA)Good news, fashion fans. Department store Selfridges has announced it will no longer sell exotic skins to keep up with ethical standards.
The department store said it will phase out the skins, such as python, alligator, crocodile and lizard.
From February 2020 will only sell leather from agricultural livestock including cow or calf, sheep, pig, goat, water buffalo and lamb.
They banned the sale of real fur in 2005 but have continued to sell handbags, shoes and other items made from exotic skins.
But the fashion world is now also moving away from the use of exotic skins. In December last year, Chanel became the first luxury fashion house in the world to stop using exotic animal skins.
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.’
(Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/PA Images)Humane Society International executive director Claire Bass said: ‘It is wonderful to see Selfridges end the sale of exotic skins, a move that will save countless crocodiles and snakes from losing their lives.
‘When Selfridges went fur-free more than a decade ago, it positioned itself as a retailer at the forefront of compassionate fashion.
‘Banning exotic skins in recognition of the serious animal welfare issues that exist in this industry is a natural next step for a responsible retailer.’
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