Fashion designer extraordinaire Victoria Beckham, has joined the league of no-exotic skin usage designers, who have vowed never to use animal skins in their subsequent fashion products. The Victoria Beckham fashion house, already credited with never using fur in their designs chipped in this new policy as a result of the brand’s wishes and also that of their customers.
A spokesperson from the fashion house told WWD, “As a business, we have been looking to action the use of more ethically sourced products that have less environmental impact for some time. 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 move to desist from using exotic skins was welcomed well by the animal right group PETA, who have campaigned against the use of snake skins in the fashion industry. Making their excitement known, PETA UK’s director Elisa Allen disclosed, ” Behind every crocodile, alligator, snake, or lizard handbag or pair of shoes is a violent death. Victoria Beckham’s decision to bane exotic skins will spare countless remarkable animals immense suffering and PETA UK calls on other luxury brands to follow her kind example.”
Notable brands such as Chanel, Vivienne Westwood and Diane Von Furstenberg have all banned the use of fur and exotic skins in their fashion items, whereas brands such as Armani, Coach, Versace, Michael Kors, Gucci, Burberry and Philip Lim have only exempted fur from their designs, but still maintains a strict exotic skin usage.