Victoria Beckham has become the latest designer to ban exotic skins from her collections.
The former Spice Girl’s company issued a statement revealing her fashion line would no longer feature exotic skins in an effort to “reflect the wishes” of its customers.
“As a business, we have been looking to action the use of more ethically sourced products that have less environmental impact for some time,” a Victoria Beckham brand spokesperson said.
“We are happy to confirm that we will cease using exotic skins in all future collections as of our main autumn/winter 2019 ready-to-wear presentation. This decision reflects the wishes of not only the brand, but also that of our customers.”
The brand says its ban will commence from Autumn Winter 2019 onwards and that it will take some time for existing goods to leave the distribution network entirely.
The announcement has been praised by animal rights organisation Peta.
Behind every crocodile, alligator, snake, or lizard handbag or pair of shoes is a violent death,“ says Peta director Elisa Allen.
”Victoria Beckham's decision to ban exotic skins will spare countless remarkable animals immense suffering, and Peta calls on other luxury brands to follow her kind example.“
Beckham’s decision follows the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Diane Von Furstenberg who have also pledged not to use fur and exotic skins in their collections.