British department store, Selfridges, has announced today that it will ban the sales of exotic skins and begin phasing out products made from python, alligator, and lizard and crocodile skin.
Selfridges buying director Sebastian Manes commented: “We are dedicated to being at the very forefront of future-thinking retail. For us, that’s where luxury is defined by craftsmanship and material innovation.”
Selfridges banned real fur back in 2005, and led several campaigns to encourage consumers to think consciously. Furthermore, the retailer is enforcing its Buying Better, Inspiring Change initiative, by making sure that 50 per cent of all its products are eco-friendly by 2022.
The motivation behind the initiative is to make sure that “ethical and environmental considerations are made visible and accessible towards customers.”
Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society International, said: “It is wonderful to see Selfridges end the sale of exotic skins, a move that will save countless crocodiles and snakes from losing their lives.”
“When Selfridges went fur-free more than a decade ago, it positioned itself as a retailer at the forefront of compassionate fashion. Banning exotic skins in recognition of the serious animal welfare issues that exist in this industry is a natural next step for a responsible retailer.”
Selfridges joins Chanel, Victoria Beckham, H&M, ASOS, Arcadia Group and many more in the ban on exotic skins.