Macy's new anti-fur policy
From link in NY Times article on 10/22/2019, announcement likely made same day:
Text for posterity:
Macy’s, Inc. will be fur free and stop selling fur by the end of fiscal year 2020
Macy’s, Inc. Fur Policy
Our animal fur policy aligns with the Fur Free Alliance guidelines and prohibits most animal furs. Those guidelines permit the use of fur that is a by-product of domestic farming to feed our society. This policy applies to all subsidiaries of Macy’s, Inc. and its vendors and suppliers and is effective at the end of fiscal 2020.
Macy’s private brands are fur free immediately. Other private brands will be fur free by the end of fiscal 2020. Macy’s & Bloomingdale’s will stop the sale of fur and close its Fur Vault and Maximilian locations by the end of fiscal 2020. The company will work through a transition plan to support customers with fur storage and services (drop off and pick up in select locations).
Why have Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s decided to go Fur Free?
We curate our assortment based on the wants and needs of our customers. Our customer is migrating away from natural fur and we are aligning with this trend.
With the rise of new fabric technology, alternatives like faux fur and other fabric innovations make this a seamless transition for our customers.
Macy’s private brands are already fur free, and expanding this practice to all of Macy’s, Inc. is the natural next step in this process.
Many of our national brand partners are already fur free. Both our private brands and national brand partners offer faux fur and new fabric innovations.
Will Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s carry faux fur?
Yes, we already sell many faux fur products, and we will continue to offer our customers the best fashion in-stores and online.
Both our private brands and national brand partners offer faux fur and new fabric innovations.
Will the Fur Vault at Macy’s be closing? When?
Macy’s & Bloomingdale’s will stop the sale of fur and close its Fur Vault and Maximilian locations by the end of fiscal 2020. The company will work through a transition plan to support customers with fur storage and services (drop off and pick up in select locations).
We appreciate our longstanding partnership with the Fur Vault and Maximilian and thank them for their partnership through this transition.
Can I still store my coat with Macy’s or Bloomingdales?
We intend to end our commercial interest in the service & storage business and are working through a transition process.
We will reach out to customers who use this service with additional details.
What exactly is included and excluded from “Fur Free?”
Our fur-free policy was developed in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States and in alignment with Fur Free Alliance guidelines, which allow ethically sourced sheep fur products referred to as “shearling” or “sheepskin,” and cattle fur referred to “calf hair” and “cowhide.”