Sustainable Fashion News Feature: Tommy Hil And CK Ban Exotic Skins For Good
Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein take their efforts on sustainable fashion towards the next level by banning exotic skins. In a statement by Tommy Hilfiger representative said, "we are committed to creating a better fashion industry by crafting fashion that "wastes nothing and welcomes everything." It was PVH Corp, the parent company of TH and CK that banned the use of exotic skins.
PVH Corp representatives have told PETA US about this long term strategy and the decision of the company to work towards not just the good of fashion but fashion moving towards what is good. This decision was implemented following discussions with the designers' concern about wildlife and its connection to contagious diseases like COVID-19.
An expose by PETA showed 30,000 crocodile skins are exported every year. This cruelty to animals is brought about by the demand for exotic crocodile skin by consumers. Animals are imprisoned in close quarters where filth, injury, infection, and disease are common. Snakeskins, lizard skins are also used for fashion which makes these animals targets for poaching. They are used by "luxury" brands for handbags, coats, belts, wallets, and a whole lot more products.
According to sources, the future of fashion, not just sustainable fashion, is vegan. PETA has urged retailers to meet the rising demand for cruelty-free and sustainable fashion by making it more available to ethical shoppers who want animals respected and not abused and killed just for the sake of becoming a coat. GNL Accessories have produced tote and hobos, cross-body bags, clutches and wallets, and other accessories which are PETA approved, ethically crafter, and cruelty-free.
This drive of PVH Corp is loudly calling other luxury brands to forego the use of exotic skin for their fashion. Maybe it's time for Hermes, Louis Vuitton, and others to follow suit.