If Zara can provide a lesson to leading luxury fashion brands other than that it can and will sell a carbon copy of your Spring 2015 showpiece for $79.95, it’s that animal cruelty allegations are something customers take very seriously.
So we imagine there’s a bit of head-scratching going on behind the scenes at Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, and Louis Vuitton, the three brands who have so far declined to comment on allegations of animal abuse brought forward last week by Last Chance for Animals.
Following an investigation of 70 rabbit farms in Spain, the LCA reported farm workers “callously bashing sick rabbits to death” and “crippled, diseased and severely wounded rabbits left to suffer with no medical treatment,” among other things, says WWD. Hidden cameras have linked Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Burberry, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton with animal cruelty at some of those locations, including fur distributer Curticub.
Dior has denied the allegations, with a spokeswoman telling WWD:
“The House of Dior has never had any dealings with the company involved in these facts. The House of Dior is deeply shocked by the documented images, which are against our values and practices. The House of Dior emphasizes that all of its products made of fur fully respect the EU guidelines.”
Burberry has also denied the charges:
“Burberry has no relationship with the farms featured and we are sure that Curticub is not part of our supply chain,” he said. “Burberry strongly condemns the practices shown in the footage which demonstrates cruel and illegal behavior. Burberry sources all natural raw materials very carefully in our efforts to safeguard the correct ethical standards in line with our Ethical Trading policy. Burberry will not use fur if there is concern that its production has involved the unacceptable treatment of animals.”
But representatives for Jacobs, von Furstenberg and Louis Vuitton have all declined comment.
The LCA would eventually like to see fur phased out as a garment, but until that happens angora rabbits are going to be a solid part of the fashion food chain. It’s disgusting that in 2014 customers still aren’t able to tell whether their fur is cruelty free. We get it — it’s fashion month, there are Kendall Jenners and bedazzled slides on the brain, but we’d suggest some of these companies get their shit together and do some investigating of their own.