Saks Fifth Avenue joined a growing list of retail chains and brands like Macy’s, Versace and Prada on Wednesday that will stop using animal skins in response to consumer feedback.
Saks Fifth Avenue said it will phase out the use of fur by the end of fiscal year 2022. That includes partner brand and private label merchandise sold online and in stores. As part of the decision, Saks will eliminate the sale of products made from animals that were raised for their skin or those made from the skins of wild animals. Sheepskin, goat, cattle, down, feathers, leather and faux fur products will continue to be sold online and in stores, the New York-based retailer said.
Saks Fifth Avenue also plans to close all of its fur salons by the end of fiscal 2021.
“Throughout the Saks Fifth Avenue experience, we evaluated a number of factors when making decisions about our assortment, including customer preferences and societal changes,” Tracy Margolies, Saks chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “We recognize that trends are constantly evolving and that the sale of fur continues to be a major social problem.”