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Italian fashion house Gucci to go fur-free in 2018, says CEO

Remaining fur items to be auctioned as luxury brand prioritises sustainability and follows Armanis 2016 lead

Gucci will go fur-free next year and auction off all its remaining animal fur items, the Italian fashion houses president and CEO Marco Bizzarri has announced.

The changes will come into force with the brands spring-summer 2018 collection, Bizzarri said during a talk at the London College of Fashion.

Guccis president said on Wednesday the move demonstrated our absolute commitment to making sustainability an intrinsic part of our business.

Bizzarri said the new approach was made possible thanks to Guccis creative director, Alessandro Michele, who was appointed in 2015.

In selecting a new creative director I wanted to find someone who shared a belief in the importance of the same values, Bizzarri said. I sensed that immediately on meeting Alessandro for the first time.

As part of the change a charity auction of the fashion houses remaining animal fur items will be held, with the proceeds going to the animal rights organisations Humane Society International and LAV.

Kitty Block, president of Humane Society International, celebrated the luxury brands move as a compassionate decision.

Gucci going fur-free is a huge game-changer, she said in a statement. For this Italian powerhouse to end the use of fur because of the cruelty involved will have a huge ripple effect throughout the world of fashion.

Gucci will become part of the Fur Free Alliance, an international group of more than 40 organisations which campaigns on animal welfare and promotes alternatives to fur in the fashion industry.

The fashion house is owned by luxury holding group Kering, which also has designer Stella McCartney as another fur-free brand under its umbrella.

The new decision by Gucci comes after fellow Italian brand Armani announced in 2016 that it would no longer feature fur in its collections.

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