Mulberry, the renowned luxury brand celebrated for its iconic handbags, has recently announced its commitment to no longer use exotic skins in its upcoming collections. This decision serves as an integral part of Mulberry’s ongoing dedication to sustainability and follows its previous shift to becoming fur-free.

Rosie Wollacott, Group Sustainability Manager at Mulberry, explained that through a comprehensive evaluation of sustainability metrics and goals, the brand arrived at the conclusion to abandon the use of exotic skins. “During the early stages of this process, we made the decision not to incorporate exotics in our collections, and this stance remains unchanged,” Wollacott emphasized.

By taking this step, Mulberry joins a league of major fashion brands that have taken similar measures to put an end to the use of exotic skins. Notable names such as Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Paul Smith, Victoria Beckham, and Vivienne Westwood have also made significant strides in this direction.

The announcement regarding Mulberry’s decision was made by PETA, a renowned animal rights organization that has long campaigned against the use of fur and exotic skins in the fashion industry. PETA has also raised concerns about the potential risks to public health associated with the trade in exotic skins, particularly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Elisa Allen, Director of PETA, emphasized the critical link between the trade in exotic animals and the spread of diseases like Covid-19. She highlighted that the coronavirus is believed to have originated in a Chinese market where live and dead wild and exotic animals are sold for human consumption. Allen stated, “The intensive farming of exotic animals for their flesh and skins poses a significant risk of animal-to-human transmission of newly evolved viruses. Exotic animal farms serve as breeding grounds for pathogens and escalate the likelihood of future pandemics.”

Mulberry’s decision to cease the use of exotic skins not only aligns with its sustainability objectives but also signifies the growing consciousness within the fashion industry regarding the necessity of prioritizing ethical practices and animal welfare. As the demand for cruelty-free and sustainable products continues its upward trajectory, more luxury brands are compelled to reevaluate their practices and make responsible choices.

Useful links:
PETA: Exotic Skins in Fashion
EcoWatch: Are Exotic Skins Sustainable?