Victoria Beckham has become the latest designer to vow to ban exotic animal skins in future collections.
The brand has pledged to cut materials like python and snakeskin from future designs.
“As a business, we have been looking to action the use of more ethically sourced products that have less environmental impact for some time,” a Victoria Beckham brand spokesperson told WWD.
“We are happy to confirm that we will cease using exotic skins in all future collections as of our main autumn/winter 2019 ready-to-wear presentation. This decision reflects the wishes of not only the brand, but also that of our customers.”
The brand has never used fur in its designs, but has sold snakeskin bags and shoes in the past.
Other brands that have banned the use of exotic skins include Chanel, Diane Von Furstenberg and Vivienne Westwood, and there's mounting pressure on other high-end designers to end their use.
The latest announcement from Victoria Beckham has been praised by PETA.
BREAKING: Following years of pushing by PETA, iconic British fashion icon and designer @victoriabeckham has pledged to stop using exotic skins in her designs days ahead of #LFW ❤️🐊🐍 https://t.co/0sHhF8h2i1 pic.twitter.com/NYbaPW6RD6- PETA UK (@PETAUK) February 12, 2019
"Behind every crocodile, alligator, snake, or lizard handbag or pair of shoes is a violent death,“ PETA director Elisa Allen told the Independent.
"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 days before the brand’s show, which will be held in London again after it moved to the UK from New York last year.
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