Crocodile, lizard, snake and stingray are officially out of fashion at Chanel as the brand cite the difficulty in sourcing skins that match their ethical standards.
The French fashion house is making significant steps that many of the other brands have taken. Bruno Pavlovsky, president of Chanel fashion and president of Chanel SAS, told WWD that exotic skins are not the brands future, and that fur is also on the list, despite little use any of their collections. He added:
“There is a problem of supply and that was not Chanel’s business anyway. We did it because it’s in the air, but it’s not an air people imposed to us. It’s a free choice.”
Instead of focusing their energy on finding ethical suppliers, the Maison will instead research and develop textiles and leathers generated by agri-food industries.
While it will take some time for the exotic leather goods to disappear from stores, one thing for sure is that any Chanel croc in your wardrobe will go up in value for it’s rarity.