Nordstrom, Inc. announced today it is the latest department store to ban the sale of fur from all 355 stores. The ban includes Nordstrom Rack and Last Chance stores. All stores will phase out fur by the end of 2021.
The move comes in a partnership with the Humane Society of the United States.
“As a leading fashion retailer, we’re committed to delivering the best possible service and merchandise for our customers. Delivering on that commitment means continually listening to customer feedback and evolving our product offering to ensure we’re meeting their needs,” Teri Bariquit, chief merchandising officer at Nordstrom, said in a statement. “As part of our ongoing product evolution, we’ve been working with the Humane Society of the United States and recently made the decision to stop offering products made with genuine fur or exotic animal skin in any of our stores or online. Our private label brands haven’t used these materials for years, so extending this policy to all the brands we carry is a natural next step for our business.”
Nordstrom joins other major retailers including Macy’s, as well as leading labels including Versace, Chanel, and Gucci.
“We applaud Nordstrom for ending the sale of fur and becoming the first U.S. based retailer to ban exotic animal skins,” said Kitty Block, HSUS President and CEO. “This is a pivotal step toward a more humane business model and a safer world for animals, sending a clear message that animals should not suffer for the sake of fashion. Nordstrom’s decision will surely have a ripple effect on other influential fashion leaders.”