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Buy Nothing

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Today is Buy Nothing Day, an international day of protest against consumerism. On Buy Nothing Day participants pledge to refrain from the whole Black Friday madness and keep their wallets in their pockets (or handbags).

I think this is a great idea. We all know the horrors of overbuying – it’s hard on our finances and it’s hard on the environment to manufacture all the stuff, which ends up in the landfill or in the case of clothing, headed on a big container ship to another country.

What to do with the free time? How about making something? Or read a book. Watch a movie. Write a letter. Call a friend. Volunteer. Take a nap!

Today is also the 35th annual Fur-Free Friday, when animal rights activists gather at large retail stores and protest the selling and wearing of fur. (Of course the only stylish fur is faux fur.)

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Last week fashion brand Gucci announced that they will no longer use fur in future collections. The official comment from the company was – It’s not modern.

c13c28c6e72f13f53196076b39897233--lucy-lucy-i-love-lucyFor sure it’s not! No matter how old or young you are, nothing says “stodgy old lady” more than a dead fox or mink or rabbit dangling off a shoulder. Now, having said that I will add that lately some designers have been using dyed fur in bright colors and that definitely is modern. But faux fur works just as well. In fact, didn’t faux do it first?

With this decision Gucci joins Calvin Klein, Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger.

I’m thrilled that Gucci is taking such a stand and I hope it’s the beginning of a permanent shift away from fur in fashion.

 

 

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Animal rights activists from the Brigitte Bardot Foundation protest Lagerfeld's use of fur.

Animal rights activists from the Brigitte Bardot Foundation protest Lagerfeld’s use of fur.

It was my way of highlighting Karl Lagerfeld’s incoherence – he bends over backwards for his cat but doesn’t care an ounce for all the animals sacrificed for his collections, for this most futile and vulgar of fashions. Fur is not luxury: it is an industry of death and suffering. We must boycott fur coats, as well as all the accessories. It is unbelievable that in 2015 this is something we have to fight for, when it really should be obvious to all.

Brigitte Bardot, French actress and animal rights activist.

Ms. Bardot is speaking about the open letter she sent to Karl Lagerfeld’s cat after the designer’s all fur collection for Fendi at the recent Paris couture fashion shows.

(I love the fact that Ms. Bardot turned the tables on Lagerfeld by doing what he does and use his cat as a marketing tool.)

Thank you, Ms. Bardot for shaming Lagerfeld and for bringing this important issue to worldwide attention.

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