10 August 2022

Copenhagen is the latest city to announce Fashion Week will be fur-free

The city joins the likes of Oslo, Amsterdam and Helsinki in a forward-thinking move for the fashion world.

As the fashion industry slowly transitions from natural to fake fur, Copenhagen has made a statement of intent by announcing a fur ban on all participating brands at the city’s Fashion Week.

Mimi Bekhechi, PETA Vice President for Europe, said: “PETA and compassionate fashionistas everywhere are celebrating the news that Copenhagen Fashion Week will go fur-free. The event will now join the fashion weeks of Amsterdam, Helsinki, Oslo, and others as well as brands like Gucci, Versace, Prada, Valentino, Armani, Chanel, and just about every other major fashion brand that has already banned animal fur.”

Notably, Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks have still not decided to go fur-free, and according to Thomas Pietsch, Head of Wild Animals in Entertainment and Textiles at FOUR PAWS, must “immediately decide to join the majority of the European shows in banning this promotion of this inhumane and unsustainable practice.”

“The momentum with banning fur farming and in particular as a practice in fashion is at a historic moment and a major turning point. What we are witnessing is consumers saying en masse that they want the brands they buy from to be in favour of animal welfare,” he added.

Not only is Copenhagen protecting our furry friends, but they’re also one of the leading fashion weeks in the world when it comes to pushing sustainability. In 2020, CEO Cecilie Thorsmark shared that Copenhagen fashion week would have designers meet sustainability requirements in order to show throughout the week. She confirmed that CPHFW will begin implementing this change in 2023, starting with the Fall/Winter 2023 season.

  • Writer Chris Saunders
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