Nordstrom is about to make a landmark change.
In partnership with the Humane Society, the luxe department store will ban real fur and exotic animal skins from its online shop as well as its brick and mortar stores, starting at the end of 2021, CNN Business reported Tuesday.
The policy will apply to Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Last Chance, and all of Nordstrom’s e-commerce sites and will make the retailer the first based in the U.S. to ban exotic animal skins, according to Humane Society of the United States President and CEO Kitty Block.
Nordstrom’s chief merchandising officer Teri Bariquit says the company’s private labels stopped selling products with fur and exotic animal skins years ago.
For those brands Nordstrom sells, which would be affected by the new ban, the department store suggests “those brand partners to re-evaluate their use of fur and exotic animal skins,” a company spokesperson told CNN Business, noting that many such partners “have already made this update.
“Extending this policy to all the brands we carry is a natural next step for our business,” the spokesperson continued.
The move won’t ban all animal skins from merchandise sold by Nordstrom though, as the company will still carry products derived from sheep and lambs, cows and calves, goats, pigs, and water buffalo.
The exotic animal skins that will no longer be carried include, among others, alligators, crocodiles, snakes, pythons, lizards, ostriches, kangaroos, sharks, and stingrays.
Last October, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s both vowed to stop selling fur in 2021. Coach, in 2018, said it would stop using real fox, mink, coyote, and rabbit fur by 2019.