Ralph Lauren to stop using mohair in all garments

Ralph Lauren will no longer use mohair in any products.Following pressure from officials at animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), representatives from the Ralph Lauren Corporation, founded by designer Ralph Laur…

Ralph Lauren will no longer use mohair in any products.

Following pressure from officials at animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), representatives from the Ralph Lauren Corporation, founded by designer Ralph Lauren in 1967, have confirmed that they are ditching mohair, a silk-like fabric or yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat.

The ban will apply to all of the New York-based retail giant’s brands, including Ralph Lauren Home, Polo Ralph Lauren, Chaps, Club Monaco and American Living.

“Because a credible animal welfare standard for sourcing mohair does not currently exist, we will not include it in our product pipeline going forward,” a Ralph Lauren spokesperson said, according to The New York Post.

The decision comes after PETA campaigners conducted an expose of the mohair industry in South Africa, where more than 50 per cent of the world’s mohair is sourced. Video footage depicted shearers working quickly and carelessly, leaving angora goats with gaping wounds.

In addition, unwanted goats were slaughtered in agonising ways – with PETA’s legal team asking law enforcement agencies in the nation to investigate and file charges, as appropriate, for potential violations of the Animals Protection Act.

“PETA’s expose pulled back the curtain on the violent mohair industry, and Ralph Lauren responded by banning the cruelly produced material,” added Anne Brainard, PETA director of corporate affairs, in a statement. “Ralph Lauren has joined the growing list of fashion brands that recognise that today’s shoppers don’t support cruelty to animals in the fashion industry.”

Other fashion brands that have banned mohair include Zara, Gap, Banana Republic, H&M, Topshop, Uniqlo, Diane von Furstenberg and Brooks Brothers, among others.

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Brooks Brothers and Theory lead winners at 2018 ACE Awards

Brooks Brothers and Theory were winners at the Accessories Council Excellence (ACE) Awards on Monday night (11Jun18).Each year, officials from the U.S. Accessories Council pay homage to those individuals and groups that have made great strides in raisi…

Brooks Brothers and Theory were winners at the Accessories Council Excellence (ACE) Awards on Monday night (11Jun18).

Each year, officials from the U.S. Accessories Council pay homage to those individuals and groups that have made great strides in raising the awareness of the accessories industry, with the 2018 gala held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

Among the big brands to be honoured was Brooks Brothers, the men’s clothing business founded in 1818, which took home the American Heritage Award.

“Honoured to receive the American Heritage Award at the 2018 #ACEAwards,” owner Claudio Del Vecchio posted on the brand’s official Instagram page. “Being presented by our friend @caseycott was the icing on the cake. Thank you @accessoriescouncil and congratulations to all of the recipients tonight!”

While co-founder of contemporary fashion brand Theory, Andrew Rosen, was bestowed with the Business Leadership Award. Footwear company Allbirds won the Breakthrough Award, The Jewelry Group was awarded the prize for Business Excellence and Sam and Libby Edelman, founders and designers of Sam Edelman, were given the Legacy Award.

French accessories and leather goods label Longchamp won the Retail Influencer Award and rising streetwear company KITH was awarded the Retail Innovation Award.

Meanwhile, a number of celebrities were in attendance, including Lupita Nyong’o, who was on hand to support her stylist Micaela Erlanger as she was presented with the Style Influencer Award.

And Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross was also feted with the Style Ambassador Award.

“ACE AWARDS – so grateful to receive the style ambassador award from the @accessoriescouncil,” she wrote alongside a snap of her posing in a sequinned Germanier dress, which she matched with a Tyler Ellis purse and jewellery from Lynn Ban.

The 2018 ACE Awards winners are as follows:

American Heritage Award – Brooks Brothers

Breakthrough Award – Allbirds

Business Excellence Award – The Jewelry Group

Business Leadership Award – Andrew Rosen, Theory

Hall of Fame Award – Sam and Libby Edelman

Legacy Award – Longchamp

Retail Influencer Award – KITH

Retail Innovation Award – Westfield

Specialty Retailer Award – STORY

Style Ambassador – Tracee Ellis Ross

Style Influencer Award – Micaela Erlanger

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