Faux Fur May Not Be So Faux
Faux fur may amazingly look like real beacause its real. Humane Society of the United States filed a legal petition with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that 11 retailers have falsely labeled or advertised fur fashions as being “faux fur.”
The Humane Society says Barneys, Neiman Marcus, Gilt, Revolve Clothing, Yoox and other online retailers have listed real fur apparel as faux fur on their websites. The non-profit animal protection agency sent the garments for laboratory testing to identify the fur on garments from brands including Woolrich, Mackage, Stuart Weitzman, and Marc by Marc.
Ralph Henry, senior attorney for the Humane Society in Washington D.C said he doesn’t believe the retailers are intentionally mislabeling the items. “I don’t think they’re trying to maliciously mislead consumers, but it’s a pervasive problem,” he said, suggesting the retailers do a better job of auditing their product descriptions.
The problem occurs most frequently with garments originating in China, he said, where fur is exceptionally inexpensive – and labels often don’t even mention the fur or fur-like trim on collars or other parts of the garments. “Some of the best synthetic furs are more expensive than real” fur,” he said.