Carolina Herrera, Jean Paul Gaultier, and other Puig labels ditch exotic skins – Totally Vegan Buzz
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The Spanish luxury fashion company ditching exotic skins signals ‘that no matter your taste in fashion, the skins of exotic animals have no place in fashion today.”

Luxury fashion company Puig will no longer sell items made from the skins of snakes, crocodiles, and other exotic animals.

The commitment means that Puig owned companies—which include Carolina Herrera, Paco Rabanne, Jean Paul Gaultier, Nina Ricci, and Dries Van Noten—will all ditch the cruelly obtained fabrics.

The family-owned Spanish company, which “aims to leave a better world for the next generation,” told vegan charity PETA that “steps have already been taken to no longer use exotic skins”.

However, CH Carolina Herrera sub-brand will carry crocodile and python accessories till stocks last.

Cruel and dangerous exotic-skins industry

According to the animal advocacy group, exotic skins are produced in atrocious conditions and a number of exposés of the industry confirm the rampant cruelty.

Additionally, the industry also poses a significant public-health risk given many experts warn that the trade in exotic skins risks fuelling the spread of diseases like COVID-19.

‘Exotic animals have no place in fashion today’

“Given Gaultier’s unconventionality and Herrera’s elegance, they are signalling that no matter your taste in fashion, the skins of exotic animals have no place in fashion today,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement.

 “This wise decision marks a major victory for PETA and an even bigger one for the animals who won’t face a violent end.”

Puig’s brands join a growing list of top designers and retailers—including Calvin Klein, Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Selfridges, and more—that have banned the sale of exotic skins.

Read: Dame Judi Dench, Nathalie Emmanuel, and more celebs join Stella McCartney’s anti-fur campaign

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