It is well known. Fashion designer Marc Jacobs uses dead animal products in his creations, mostly leather, fur, that sort of thing. Real fur. Until lately, or it seemed.
Some say — under pressure from animal lovers (maybe, not really) — Jacobs produced a collection for retail outlets stating the fur used was faux. But he got busted.
It was later exposed in a sort of sting operation by the Humane Society that the fur actually came from Chinese raccoon dogs “who are often skinned alive for their soft coats”.
This weekend I came across this tweet.
Ms Kerr tweets for WhoWhatWear.com.
Just in case Jacobs and those like him think — if they think about it all which is highly unlikely — that pony hair or pony skin products somehow come from live ponies or horses, let us assure you that the pony hair and skin come chiefly from the remains of slaughtered horses, and in other instances horses who have died naturally or euthanized and their bodies rendered.
Do not be fooled like Angelina Jolie (if indeed she was) who when asking where the horse hair for her $5,000 Akris handbag came from, was told that “horses get haircuts just like we do”, and believed it. Ms. Jolie said she looked into it because she loves horses. She probably does. But.
In the article about Jacobs Chinese dog fur expose it states:
- Jacobs did not respond to a call for comment, but fashion expert Phillip Bloch predicted fans of the designer would fur-get about the flap.
“He’s a good guy; he’s philanthropic, he cares,” said Bloch. “It’s upsetting to anyone to have that story come out. But Marc didn’t go out and kill the raccoon dogs.”
The split hairs of denial.
Come on Jacobs. Enough. Say whoa to pony hair ball caps. And shoes. And handbags. And . . .
REPORT PONY HAIR/SKIN PRODUCTS
Here are the retail stores we are protesting for selling pony hair merchandise:
Macy’s (Vince Camuto)
Saks Fifth Avenue (Marc Jacobs)
Nordstroms (Marc Jacobs)
If you spot products using pony hair or skins, please contact us with a brief description of the product and the location/store where it is being sold. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and upload an image.