Neiman Marcus Goes Fur-free


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Luxury retail chain Neiman Marcus announced that they will end the sales of fur in all its stores by the end of 2022. All The Neiman Marcus Group (NMG) which includes also the luxury retailer Bergdorf Goodman will remove all fur from its websites and will shut down its 22 fur shops. 

“We are delivering an ultimate luxury experience for our customers and their evolving preferences. We are updating our assortment to feature multiple sustainable and ethical luxury fashion categories, It is clear the future is fur-free, and that includes the ultra-luxury space. As a leader in luxury retail, NMG has an opportunity to help build a better future for our industry. We’re grateful to the Humane Society of the United States for their partnership.”

Geoffroy van Raemdonck, NMG’s CEO

The decision was made after decades of protests made by animal-rights groups and organizations, such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), In Defense of Animals (IDA), and many more, to end sales of fur and other animal materials at Neiman Marcus. 

“We work with retailers to adopt fur-free policies because they have the capacity to save hundreds of thousands—perhaps millions—of mink, foxes, raccoon dogs, rabbits, and chinchillas from ever having to know what the inside of a cramped fur-farm cage looks like, Plus, fur-free policies help forge a more humane world for animals by challenging the fur trade head on and eliminating the demand for its products, making production economically unviable. For a top luxury retailer like Neiman Marcus to now join the campaign for a more humane world is a nod to all those who have been fighting against fur for so long. Together, with compassion and perseverance, we are making a difference for so many animals.”

 Kitty Block, HSUS CEO and President

PETA’s president Ingrid Newkirk was campaigning to stop the fur sales at Neiman Marcus for the past forty years.

“After decades of pressure from relentless grassroots activists and PETA, Neiman Marcus Group will end fur sales at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goldman, Many thousands of animals will be spared from being electrocuted, gassed, and beaten to death by closing down its 22 fur salons. We are sure the company will move more quickly to end fur sales than the stated end goal as no one wants to be caught dead in fur anymore.”

 Ingrid Newkirk, PETA’s president

Neiman Marcus is not the first retailer to commit to a fur-free policy following. We’ve published before that similar announcements were made by other famous retailers such as Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Holt Renfrew. 

Store shelves around the world are becoming free from fur since more than 1,500 brands joined the Fur Free Alliance between them we can find leading brands which include Adidas, H&M, Prada, Zara, Valentino, and Gucci. 

Also this month, after many years of pressure from animal-rights activists, Canadian brand “Canada Goose”  joined the movement by announcing they stop buying fur by the end of this year and that they will discontinue all its manufacturing of fur made items by the end of 2022. Despite banning fur, Canada Goose will still continue using duck and goose feathers.

In 2023, California will enact its ban on the sale and manufacture of fur, they’ll be the first state in the United States to adopt such legislation. The intense and rapid move toward removing fur from their product lines and shelves allows brands and retailers to continue operations in the state 

“Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and TJ Maxx have now joined the ever-expanding group of compassionate retailers, making it clear that fur is ugly, outdated, and cruel, No animal should die for fashion, and we urge all states to follow in the footsteps of Neiman Marcus and other major retailers by passing legal bans on all fur sales.”

Julie Massa, IDA Fur Campaigner

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Worldwide, the number of countries putting some restrictions on fur production, manufacturing, and sales keeps growing. In June Israel became the first country in the world to ban fur sales, a law that will be enacted in 2026. In the United Kingdom, Humane Society International (HSI) keeps working hard to update the country’s 2003 fur production ban and is working toward including the import and sale of animal skins. HSI’s campaign is supported by countless brands and celebrities, including designer Stella McCartney who recently unveiled her Autumn 2021 collection called “Our time has come,” highlighting a fur-free future.

After Neiman Marcus’ announcement, HSI UK Executive Director Claire Bass urged all British luxury retailers to implement a ban on fur. 

“With every luxury retailer that goes fur-free, the more the UK’s last remaining fur-selling department stores Harrods, House of Fraser, Flannels and Harvey Nichols are looking increasingly isolated, Fur is firmly out of fashion, the vast majority of British consumers consider retailers still selling animal fur to be ‘outdated,’ ‘cruel,’ ‘out of touch,’ and ‘unethical.'”

Claire Bass, HSI UK Executive Director

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