Chanel Announces an End to Exotic Skins

Chanel Announces an End to Exotic Skins

An end to its most covetable line of accessories.

An end to its most covetable line of accessories.

Text: Brandon Tan

Just yesterday, Chanel announced its halt to the use of exotic skins. While not the first in the industry to make this move, the luxury French fashion house is definitely the largest player to partake.

For the longest time, accessories made of these top-dollar textiles were ingrained to the DNA of Chanel's extravagance. Once the most covetable items in the market, and arguably still so, it seems matte crocodile flap bags and python boots will see their end. While some could suspect that this in response to animal-rights activists' long fought efforts to ban the abusive practices of sourcing skins and endangering species, the company revealed that it was due to the difficulty in acquiring the exotic textiles up to its standards.

Chanel disclosed in its statement, "We are continually reviewing our supply chains to ensure they meet our expectations of integrity and traceability. In this context, it is our experience that it is becoming increasingly difficult to source exotic skins which match our ethical standards.”

Additionally, the house has vowed to decrease its use of fur, which follows in the footsteps of other houses who are moving towards an overall banning, including Gucci, Versace, Margiela and Burberry among others.

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