Friday, March 08, 2013

Marc Jacobs Fake Fur Coats Are Actually Real Fur

If you have ever decided to buy a faux fur Marc Jacobs coat and pat yourself on the back for your love of the animals, you might want to take that coat off. It turns out that independent tests of the coats were done and found to be dog hair. Not just any dog hair, but raccoon dog hair which are skinned alive for the coat. The investigation was conducted by the Humane Society because the faux seemed way too real. Did Marc think no one would ever find out? This is going to turn into a huge lawsuit and a big apology and probably blame on some $1 a day Chinese worker.

46 comments:

Wen said...

Diddy did it first.

GemTwist said...

Wtf is a raccoon dog?

VIPblonde said...

If you have that amount of money, and want to be assured that your clothes are actually cruelty-free, buy Stella McCartney. She's the only one I can think of off the top of my head that cares enough to ensure that her fakes are really fake

Henriette said...

JBlow has been using dog fur forever. Wonder how Koehl's feels about that.

LottaColada said...

Why exactly do they have to skin the poor thing alive? *shudders*

Izzie Marceaux said...

@GemTwist, here's one.

I keed, I keed.

Henriette said...

The raccoon dog:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9RbJEI_rYI

cleo said...

I was thinking the exact same thing LottaColada. I'm going to have nightmares about that!!

GemTwist said...

Yes, yes...I see why they insisted it wasn't real.

GemTwist said...

They never HAVE to, it's just quicker. Aren't people super?

Baka Neko said...

I thought most fake fur was real fur? I was always told if your against fur don't even get fake because it could be real.

GemTwist said...

Why would someone want a fur made of that?! It's like raccoon mixed with wolverine. All fur makes my skin crawl, but that looks hella course.

hunter said...

Just google image'd Raccoon Dog - for those wondering it looks more like a giant fluffy raccoon than anything resembling a dog. Still shitty to get skinned alive though, can't imagine why that would be necessary. :(

auntliddy said...

Yes, I find fur creepy too. Dont know why, just skeeves me. Plus really no reason for it. And i sure as hell dont want any racoonbdog fur!!

Gypsy said...

Izzy Marceaux- I adore you. Laughed so hard, almost fell out my chair!

SKOR said...

I can't condone this, but I am a bit surprised that anyone could confuse genuine fur (regardless of the animal) with faux. Even the very high-end, Tissavel faux furs feel completely different to the touch.
FYI: The Raccoon Dog is often called "Murmansky Fur"; it has recently shown up quite frequently to trim the hoods on parkas.

Jurmanji said...

This may have ruined my day. I'm sad now.

Christopher Cruz said...

Sickening.

Ms Cool said...

OH no. What is wrong with humans? How can someone skin an animal alive?

Lucas said...

Oh man. Raccoon dogs are KEWT! This makes me sad :(

loubea said...

My dogs naturally shed about a billion pounds of hair every day. Anyone wanting fur can just come sweep up my house. It's beautiful and super soft. I also think dog genes might be the miracle cure for male pattern baldness. If they can splice human brain cells into mice, why not hair cells onto heads? Just a thought.

crila16 said...

I'm confused. Why would Marc Jacobs spend a lot of $$$ on real fur, when faux fur is so much cheaper...and then he's selling it as Faux fur?

Also...I will never ever ever wear fur. I saw a video from JLo's farm one time, showing from beginning to end what they do to these poor animals, and watched them being skinned alive and thrown into a pit with the rest of the dying animals after being skinnned. It's sickening.

ino said...

The feel of real fur has always creeped me out. Reminds me too much of a friendly animal you would pet. I've never liked it, never worn it. I know it makes me kind of a hypocrite to wear leather, but I just don't get the same heebie jeebies from leather hide. At least I'm pretty sure they're not skinning animals alive for my leather products.

Sherry said...

I think the representation of fur even faux needs to be discouraged. In fact over the weekend I bought I gorgeous turquoise coat that had a detachable fur collar. My friends said that is what didn't work with my coloring so I am giving the collar to my SIL and nieces who can use it in a costume. I really didn't want to fur collar.

And why do the donors have to be alive? And better still why should they die for it? So very, very wrong.

annabella said...

yes, they skin alot of animals alive in china. cats too I believe.

well, either he knew or he should have known. no excuses here. people should boycott his stuff. that is just tooooo disgusting and horrifying.

MadLyb said...

JC, this is horrible.

EmEyeKay said...

Oh I love and miss Century 21!

And this whole thing sucks. Learned too much about raccoon dogs yesterday :(

KaySea said...

News outlets (Enty included) need to quit describing this as dog fur. Domestic dogs were not skinned for their hides. Raccoon Dogs are similar to foxes ... people don't get up in arms over fox fur as long as it is properly labeled. Yes, I agree all fur trades are a disgusting enterprise and should be banned, that isn't going to happen.

g.strathmore said...

I can't watch this video, but it's of a racoon dog being skinned alive to make UGG boots. I can't understand why they would skin the animal alive. It is so evil. If there is a Hell, these people are going there.


http://www.ecouterre.com/raccoon-dogs-flayed-alive-to-make-knockoff-ugg-boots-graphic-video/

maggs said...

omg g.strathmore why did I click on your link, that is HORRENDOUS!!! SMH

maggs said...

why must they be skinned alive?? that is so cruel!!

annabelle nagy said...

Marc Jacobs cruelly tortures a talented young girl and steals her designes. He's been stalking her for 5 years. Read the truth about the sick designer on: http://styleangelique.blogspot.hu/2013/01/marc-jacobs-is-obsessed-with-women-it.html

fubugrass said...

Good thing I'm so adverse to fur that I don't even like faux fur. All those poor little tanuki.

Jennifer H. said...

Does this mean Michael Vick will want to do his own line of dog fur coats?

Anna Nonymous said...

Let's do a Consumer Boycott of everything Marc Jacobs FOREVER. That will teach him, and others of his ilk.
Now listen carefully designer children, We do not skin anything alive, ever. Got it?

Mooshki said...

The way our food animals are treated isn't any more humane than skinning animals alive. Just sayin'. (Ever seen a video of thousands of male baby chicks being dumped into a shredder because the breeders only need the females?)

Zeeky_Boogy_Doog said...

Mooshki, that makes me very happy I quit eating birds about 10 years ago. Horrifying!

That was kinda my complaint about the hatred of Michael Vick -- he deserved it, but we should also hate companies that skin animals alive or throw them in a shredder, etc.

Zeeky_Boogy_Doog said...

I do have some fake fur, but it's *obvious* fake fur. Looks like stuffed animals or shag carpet.

It's pretty crazy, fake vs. real in the world. They put real lemon juice in dish soap, put fake in food. Natural coloring comes from bugs, blueberries are faked, a lot of fish isn't what they say it is. And now fake fur is secretly real! At this point, they're just trolling us.

car54 said...

This is just gross. I see people all the time here with real fur coats and I find it really creepy.

Just so unnecessary in these days when it is possible to have a good fashionable warm coat without some living creature suffering.

g.strathmore said...

I agree @Anna Nonymous. I'm wondering if someone has started one already.

*off to do some googling*

Mango said...

@ g. strathmore - I could only watch a few minutes of that video. Vile, vile and so heartless. Why must the animals be skinned alive?

Fuck Marc Jacobs and fuck Jennifer Lopez.

I see nothing wrong with faux fur because it's an alternative to real fur. If there's an alternative there's no reason for the atrocity like being shown in that video.

The Black Cat said...

I believe they don't kill the animals first because it is too time consuming, they don't value the life of the animal, it is just a commodity. The skinned animal is simply garbage. It's just how certain cultures think, I hate it but we are supposed to respect different opinions otherwise we are racists apparently.

g.strathmore said...

Any designer who uses real fur is aware of these atrocities, and guilty for them. This is far from the first time videos like this have surfaced. Burberry's fox fur came from farms where they skinned the foxes alive. It's pure evil in my opinion.

Mary Ann said...

I have a fake fur jacket. It looks fairly real, but it's totally fake. How do I know? I can (and have) wash it in the automatic washing machine. I have to air dry it, but it's machine-washable. You cannot do that with fur.

I won't wear fur. I do wear leather shoes but only because I literally cannot wear the alternatives. Except for my New Balance walking shoes, that is.

I am also an almost-vegetarian. I cannot go full-veggie because of medical issues. I am not militant or judgmental about it. It's a choice.

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Barton Fink said...

I have detested Marc Jacobs ever since he started mainlining methamphetamine 24/7. You can see the change in him a few years back. He is gaunt, wasted, hollow-eyed, soulless, and no longer human. He won't recover, and he won't come back, and this fur thing is just a tiny detail in the disgusting tale of a human being who sold his soul to become a brand.

And a tacky, cheap brand. Always going for the obvious. He's like a male version of Stella McCartney.

Sandy said...

But at least Stella McCartney would never, EVER use fur from any animal (nor leather or feathers, I guess). Gotta give her that.