Versace Will No Longer Carry Fur, Donatella Says in New Interview

"I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion."

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Despite a history of using fur in their designs, Versace will apparently no longer carry fur, according to the brand's creative director Donatella Versace.

Currently, Versace's website features several items made from fur, including this coat with a Mink collar (opens in new tab). But as Versace tells 1843 (opens in new tab) in the new interview, "Fur? I am out of that. I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion. It doesn’t feel right."

As 1843 announces, "Change at Versace is happening fast."

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Versace also spoke about the possibility that she might step down as the brand's creative director soon. She revealed, "Somebody came up to me recently and said, 'there will be a huge crisis if you leave–it will be a fashion disaster!'"

But Donatella doesn't share that opinion, as she revealed, "Yes I am Versace. But also Versace needs to mean change. And it needs to be an opportunity for others to express themselves."

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The Guardian reports (opens in new tab) that Versace's declaration sees them join other brands that have already made the decision to boycott fur, such as Armani, Michael Kors, Stella McCartney, Hugo Boss, and Calvin Klein.

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But the International Fur Federation isn't happy with Versace's decision, revealing to The Guardian (opens in new tab), "With growing concern about the environment and plastics in fashion, I truly believe fur is the natural and responsible choice for designers and consumers." However, consumers and creatives alike will likely welcome the decision.

Versace's interview comes after the announcement this week that Italian brand Furla will be going fur-free (opens in new tab), starting with its cruise 2019 collection.

Amy Mackelden
Amy Mackelden

Amy Mackelden is a freelance writer, editor, and disability activist. Her bylines include Harper's BAZAAR, Nicki Swift, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, ELLE, The Independent, Bustle, Healthline, and HelloGiggles. She co-edited The Emma Press Anthology of Illness, and previously spent all of her money on Kylie Cosmetics.