Ahead of its pre-fall 2019 Metiers d’Art show in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chanel has announced that it will “no longer use exotic skins in [its] future creations.”

This includes crocodile, lizard, snake, stingray and fur, of which Chanel uses very little. “There is a problem of supply and that was not Chanel’s business anyway,” Bruno Pavlovsky, president of Chanel fashion and president of Chanel SAS, commented. “We did it because it’s in the air, but it’s not an air people imposed to us. It’s a free choice.”

“The future of high-end products will come from the know-how of what our atelier is able to do,” Pavlovsky continued. It will, however, take time for existing products in exotic skins to leave Chanel’s distribution network entirely.

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