In a huge victory for the animals, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s department stores are going fur-free and shutting down their fur vaults.
Macy’s operates more than 600 department stores and the decision will include all vendors, suppliers and subsidiaries, according to an FAQ attached to the company’s fur policy.
“Our animal fur policy aligns with the Fur Free Alliance guidelines and prohibits most animal furs,” says the website. “Those guidelines permit the use of fur that is a by-product of domestic farming to feed our society. This policy applies to all subsidiaries of Macy’s, Inc. and its vendors and suppliers and is effective at the end of fiscal 2020.
“Macy’s private brands are fur free immediately. Other private brands will be fur free by the end of fiscal 2020. Macy’s & Bloomingdale’s will stop the sale of fur and close its Fur Vault and Maximilian locations by the end of fiscal 2020.”
In explaining why Macy’s chose to go fur-free (in addition to working with Humane Society of the United States), the official website notes, “We curate our assortment based on the wants and needs of our customers. Our customer is migrating away from natural fur and we are aligning with this trend. With the rise of new fabric technology, alternatives like faux fur and other fabric innovations make this a seamless transition for our customers.”
This is a significant step in our ongoing work to Make Fur History, and we hope to see Canadian retailers following the lead of Macy’s and others like Gucci and Michael Kors.