The Neiman Marcus Group will discontinue promoting any merchandise containing animal fur by early 2023.
The new coverage eliminates animal fur merchandise from the Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman shops and web sites and requires shutting down the fur salons at each divisions. Neiman Marcus has 21 fur salons in shops; Bergdorf’s has one fur salon.
The change follows the corporate’s latest announcement that it created a group to “identify, improve and disclose performance on material environmental, social and governance [or ESG] issues,” together with subjects like animal welfare and to emphasise presenting sustainable and moral merchandise.
NMG’s actions on fur additionally observe selections by a number of different retailers over the previous few seasons to ban fur, together with Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, in addition to Nordstrom, and simply final week, Holt Renfrew in Canada, which each determined to remove fur in addition to unique skins. Several different luxurious manufacturers and designers have already determined to forgo fur, amongst them Prada, Gucci, Burberry and Chanel. Most lately, outerwear model Canada Goose revealed plans to remove all fur from its merchandise, sparking criticism from the International Fur Federation.
At the Neiman Marcus Group, “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,” mentioned Geoffroy van Raemdonck, NMG’s chief government officer. “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.”
The firm labored with the Humane Society of the United States on its dedication to exit fur and drafted an “animal welfare policy” that aligns with the rules of the Fur Free Alliance.
“We welcome this important policy from Neiman Marcus Group,” mentioned PJ Smith, director of Fashion Policy for the Humane Society of the United States. “The company’s fur-free pledge represents a transformational change in retail, and we applaud NMG for making progress on an issue that so many consumers care deeply about.”
Neiman Marcus Group has had a major fur enterprise. Asked how the corporate will fill the void that might be left behind, notably in outerwear and a few equipment and trims on clothes, NMG issued an announcement to WWD, indicating, “While we are stepping away from our fur business and products using fur, we will continue to evaluate the business and the needs of our customers and work toward curating a sustainable and ethical assortment of products. NMG will continue to sell products made from synthetic, faux fur materials, as well as traditional animal fabrics like cashmere, leather, mohair, down, wool and silk. We will also continue to monitor animal welfare concerns associated with these materials and work with brand partners to promote best practices related to their sourcing, production, processing, use and innovation over time, including through our ‘sustainability edits’ that feature products with certified materials and other preferred product attributes for consumers.”
All of the fur salons might be transformed into areas “customized for modern luxury experiences,” NMG instructed WWD, with out specifying what these experiences can be. The firm added that it plans to work with luxurious manufacturers creating “new and innovative ultra-luxury concepts that satisfy the discerning tastes of luxury customers.”
As reported, final week Holt Renfrew unveiled a “360-degree commitment” to sustainability, encompassing lowering emissions and waste in addition to sourcing extra ecologically secure merchandise and stopping the sale of animal fur and unique skins.