Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s will stop selling fur by end of fiscal 2020; Commitment made in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States
Macy’s, Inc. announced that it will stop selling fur by the end of fiscal 2020. This includes all Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s private brands, as well as items sold from brand partners. Fur will no longer be sold in Macy’s, Inc. off-price stores, including Macy’s Backstage and Bloomingdale’s The Outlet. As part of this commitment, the company will be closing its Fur Vaults and salons.
“Over the past two years, we have been closely following consumer and brand trends, listening to our customers and researching alternatives to fur. We’ve listened to our colleagues, including direct feedback from our Go Green Employee Resource Group, and we have met regularly on this topic with the Humane Society of the United States and other NGOs. Macy’s private brands are already fur free so expanding this practice across all Macy’s, Inc. is the natural next step,” said Jeff Gennette, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc. “We are proud to partner with the Humane Society of the United States in our commitment to ending the sale of fur. We remain committed to providing great fashion and value to our customers, and we will continue to offer high-quality and fashionable faux fur alternatives.”
“We applaud Macy’s, Inc.’s forward-thinking and principled decision to end the sale of fur by the end of fiscal 2020,” said Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. “This announcement is consistent with the views of countless consumers in the marketplace, and other retailers should follow. With so many designers, major cities and now a state taking a stand against the sale of fur, we’re that much closer to ending this unnecessary and inhumane practice.”
The Humane Society of the United States is the most effective animal protection organization, as rated by our peers. For more than 60 years, we have celebrated the protection of all animals and confronted all forms of cruelty. We and our affiliates are the nation’s largest provider of hands-on services for animals, caring for more than 100,000 animals each year, and we prevent cruelty to millions more through our advocacy campaigns. Read about our more than 60 years of transformational change for animals and people at HumaneSociety.org. Subscribe to Kitty Block’s blog, A Humane World. Follow the HSUS Media Relations department on Twitter.
About Macy’s, Inc.
Macy’s, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier retailers. With fiscal 2017 sales of $24.837 billion and approximately 130,000 employees, the company operates approximately 690 department stores under the nameplates Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, and more than 170 specialty stores that include Bloomingdale’s The Outlet, Bluemercury, Macy’s Backstage and STORY. Macy’s, Inc. operates stores in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as macys.com, bloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com. Bloomingdale’s stores in Dubai and Kuwait are operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under license agreements. Macy’s, Inc. has corporate offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and New York, New York. NOTE: Additional information on Macy’s, Inc., including past news releases, is available at (www.macysinc.com/pressroom)
PETA x Coalition LA unites the largest animal rights organization in the world and the premium outerwear brand with 20-years of cruelty-free manufacturing experience! The collaboration is working with retailers to design custom fashion-forward outerwear capsules made from premium vegan materials. The two animal rights advocates launched the collaboration late last year with a limited-edition “Go With The Faux” vegan leather jacket.
Due to the success of this initial collaboration jacket, PETA x Coalition LA will be offering retailers the chance to design and carry a custom fashion-forward outerwear capsule made from premium vegan materials. The collaboration has had the support of WWDMAGIC from the start and will be debuting this custom production service to their buyers first at this coming February show.
“We felt it was important to partner strategically with Coalition LA to bring awareness to all of the WWDMAGIC buyers to know that they too have cruelty-free options when it comes to buying,” said Kelly Helfman, President of WWDMAGIC.
What’s to come:
• Conscious fashion is a focus this show and WWDMAGIC will highlight this important issue to the B2B world at MAGIC
• This year’s show bag will be made from PETA x Coalition LA’s premium vegan leather and will be available to attendees
• PETA x Coalition LA will present a Vegan Fashion Panel on the main floor that will dive into the rise of the conscious consumer and how brands are taking steps toward accommodating the growing cruelty-free fashion market.
• Tuesday, February 5th at 10:30AM – WWD Social House
Conscious Fashion Choices Are Getting Trendy
This panel will dive into the rise of the conscious consumer and how brands are taking steps toward accommodating the growing cruelty-free fashion market.
We’ll be talking with celebrity animal rights activist Daniella Monet, vegan fashion influencer Molly Tuttle, and PETA’s Fashion Campaigns Manager Christina Sewell on the benefits of offering more sustainable options for your shoppers. As a secondary point, all attendees will get the opportunity to look up-close at a vegan materials portfolio swatch books that contain the latest fabric technology such as Pinatex pineapple leather, mushroom leather, and faux fur made with recycled plastic bottles!
“The PETA x Coalition LA collaboration is uniquely positioned to move retailers across the nation towards a more mindful buying behavior, due to the fact that this is PETA’s first campaign with a wholesale manufacturer,” said Darci Wong, Creative Director of Coalition LA.
Fashion and Social media influencer Urszula Makowska is a fashionable New Yorker with over 116k followers on Instagram. She was invited to almost every event of the New York Fashion Week. Urszula is influencing others with her fashion style and at this occasion, she had an interview that revealed what the fashion trends are of 2018, as seen at the NYFW.
As a fashion blogger, what were you looking forward to seeing in New York Fashion week?
The most exciting time of the year for bloggers is always fashion week. This time of the year is the busiest for us. We plan our outfits and the events we will attend in advance. We work hard to coordinate everything to perfection including travel and hotel stays.
Personally, I love fashion week. For me, it is extremely exciting. I am a fashion addict and I love to attend shows and presentations to view the upcoming trends for the next seasons. I love to see what designers have created for the upcoming seasons. It is all a work of art and a way to express yourself. Then I love to share the upcoming trends with my followers and readers. During this F/W 2018 New York Fashion Week, I was super excited to attend my shows since I officially received over 40 invitations, and this included some of the big designers from Badgley Mischka to BCBG Maxazria. I was extremely proud of myself to have the ability to attend my shows and presentations. It has shown me how far I came into my career as a blogger. I was also looking forward to not only attending the shows and events, but also seeing friends who were flying into New York City, networking, meeting other bloggers, and working together with photographers to take photos of my looks.
Why is it important for a fashion blogger to attend Fashion Week?
Fashion week is extremely important for any fashion blogger and fashion influencer. Now-in-days, we bloggers and influencers hold the power to influencing and generating sales. We dominate the market and this directly means that we always have to be on top of the upcoming trends. Followers and readers look up to us as having the knowledge of our niche and market. They know us as the experts for getting style inspiration or simply buying what we are wearing or using. Fashion week allows us to keep up with the upcoming trends. We are able to see what products will be hot for the next season and how they can be styled. We are able to see the new trends before anyone else and we are able to introduce these new innovations to our followers and readers.
Aside from that, attending fashion week is also important to us in terms of networking. By attending these events, we are meeting people constantly. These people may be bloggers, editors, or photographers. We have the ability to form a relationship and partner together in the future. I know I personally have met a lot of people this season and I created strong friendships with them. We are always working together and supporting one another. At the end of the day, this only benefits you.
What was your best event so far from NYFW and why?
The best event from NYFW for me was going backstage with Aveda for Tibi. I personally love Tibi and have always wanted to attend one of their shows. Tibi’s fashion shows are extremely popular. A lot of bloggers always want to attend Tibi’s show. Luckily, I was able to go backstage with Aveda since I have a strong relationship with Aveda as one of their influencers. I was able to see the full on hair trends, hair tips, hair inspirations, makeup trends, makeup inspirations, and looks beforehand. I was extremely happy to see everything beforehand, but to learn a lot myself. I was happy to network and see my Aveda family.
Which look was your favorite look that you wore to NYFW?
One of my favorite looks for the shows was the classic Chanel themed look I went for from the S/S 2018 show. I bought a cute classic Zara dress and jacket that looked similar to the Chanel vibes from their S/S 2018 show. I layered a lilac turtleneck under the dress and paired it off with Kanye West Tubular shoes.
Which fashion trends are going to be popular this year according to NYFW?
There are a lot of upcoming trends that I saw during the F/W 2018/2019 shows that I am looking forward to.
Currently plaid is in, but don’t worry, it is not leaving anywhere anytime soon. For the upcoming seasons, we will see plaid like never before. It will be bolder than ever. We will be making statements in plaid. Plaid in saturated hues such as hot pink will be hotter than ever. During NYFW plenty of designers showcased plaid suits in hot pink and they were incredible.
Regarding outerwear, puffers, fur, and trench coats will be in trend. They will be more dramatic than ever. They will catch anyone’s eyes. We saw puffers on the runway in bright hues and extremely oversized. That is how we will see them in the fall and winter. Fur jackets were seen in bright colors from yellow to red. Trench coats were seen in leopard prints everywhere during NYFW.
One new trend that was introduced the new crop top silhouette. This top is a part bathing suit, part sports bra, and part strapless bra with underwire. It was seen a lot on the runway and will be extremely popular.
In terms of color trends, red and hot pink will be the hottest colors of the season. We saw bright pink everywhere on the runway from tops to shoes. We also saw red dominate from head to toe. The most exciting part is that the combination of pink and red will be extremely popular. Most designers used a combination of both of their pieces.
What is your personal favorite trend from NYFW?
One of my personal favorite trends will be tea length floral dresses. During the shows, these dresses were paired with cute booties. I am a big fan of booties and floral prints. I find this trend to be extremely chic, but casual. It is perfect for any person to easily put together for any occasion.
Urszula Makowska is a growing social media influencer, full-time fashion blogger, and actress born and raised in the heart of New York City. Growing up in Brooklyn, she attended dance class for five years and completed her certificate in acting. As an actress, she is best known for my role on MTV’s show CatfishSeason 5B Episode 1: Lucas & Many. Since the episode aired, MTV filmed a follow up with Urszula Makowska in February of 2017, adding the footage to the original episode.
Urszulala formerly launched as Fash Fab in 2012 by Urszula in the early development of her fashion career. Strictly, blogging about fashion at the time, she shared her daily fashion inspirations, outfits, and tips with viewers with the hope of inspiring them with her taste. Through her blog, she has affiliated and partnered with major brands such as Aveda, NYLON, Amika, Christian Dior, LA MER, I SAW IT FIRST, Cartier, Estee Lauder, Givenchy, Daniel Wellington, and many other brands.
What was once known as Fash Fab, soon became re-branded to Urszulala. The blog took a step into the darker side of fashion. The darker and edgier look has grown the blog’s popularity. The bold eyebrows and cat eyes are her signature look. Furthermore, the blog has expanded into beauty, lifestyle, and travel that has inspired others.
Just what are pet owners looking to gift their furry family members this holiday season? Pet product manufacturers have listened to their customers and the trends are going toward toys, treats and accessories among most popular options. According to the 2017-2018 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey half of dog owners and 39 percent of cat owners buy gifts for their pets for Christmas or Chanukah. The Survey also reveals that dog owners spend an average of $14 on any gift for their canines while cat owners spend an average of $12. Below is a range of gifting ideas to cover everyone from the always nice to the sometimes naughty.
Dogs that love to play fetch will go wild for the Orbee-Tuff® Holiday Balls by Planet Dog. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit all winter holidays. Owners can throw a snowball indoors and outdoors, stuff their pets’ stocking with coal or give them some peace and quiet. Orbee-Tuff® balls are chewy but durable that will keep dogs entertained all season long.
Price: $13.95 www.planetdog.com
When it comes to the holidays, owners have to stick to the classics. That’s why they can’t forget about Purina’s Beggin Strips, Friskies Party Mix and Busy Beggin Twisted. These favorites are offered in 6 ounce packs making them great for stockings and even have a ‘To’ and ‘From’ tag, so pets know who to lick and thank. The Friskies specially designed Party Mix is holiday themed with snowmen, stars and evergreen trees.
Price: $3.49 www.purina.com
Busy owners looking for a cute stocking all ready to go might like Dog Stockings by Pet Factory. Filled with colorful raw-hide bones and holiday shaped treats that dogs can enjoy by the fire while the rest of the family opens presents, this makes for a convenient option for any gift-giving owner this holiday.
Price: $13.99- $15.99 www.petfactory.com
Dress to Impress
Holiday gatherings bring families together so make sure the entire family is looking their best. The Cassandra Party Dress by Pooch Outfitters perfect for holiday parties, pictures and more. Every dog will feel glamourous with the sequin and lace applique top, rosette bow at waist and layered tulle skirt. Its Velcro opening makes it easy to get on-and-off and can be found in sizes XXS-L.
Price: $38.00 www.baxterboo.com
Canine companions will be in style for the holiday season with the Snowman Party Premium Collar & Leash Set from Country Brook Design. This festive set is made of durable, comfortable polyester and the collar features a metal side-release buckle with a brilliant, shiny finish.
Price: $19.95 www.cbpetz.com
The Jackson Poop Pick-Up Pouchby A Pet with Paws makes a unique, stylish and functional gift for every dog mom out there. Not only is this bag fashionable, but it’s eco-friendly, cruelty-free and vegan too! The discrete small opening on the backside makes it easy to access poop bags. This vibrant red accessory will be sure to add a “poop” of color to any walk or adventure with Fido.
Price: $21.50 www.apetwithpaws.com
The Backcountry Pattern Nylon Collar by Hamilton is a subtle way for both rugged and fashionable pets to show off their holiday spirit. The jacquard ribbon overlay pattern fits the wintertime theme without calling out any one specific holiday. It comes with a custom buckle and cuts are finished away from the neck to avoid irritation.
Price: $7.99- 11.99 www.hamiltonproducts.com
The Kitty Tippy Cardboard Cat Scratcher by K&H is an interactive toy with an optional tippy rocker that rocks back and forth encouraging them to play with the balls in the middle. It also includes a middle scratching surface and small packet of catnip that appeals to their playful instinct and keeps them busy while guests are over.
Price: $25.99 www.khmfg.com
What easier way to get Fido in the holiday spirit than with Lulubelles Ginger Snapped and PupSaverPower Plush Toys by Huxley & Kent. This is a gift that gives back too, as $2 is donated to a local charity for each toy sold. Made with soft plush on the outside and fused with tough plush on the inside, this will be a favorite out of Fido’s toy pile.
Price: $7.99-21.99 www.huxleyandkent.com
Forget about making a gingerbread house, try making a Pet Cake by Lucky Paws LLC. There is a dog and cat version and they are simple to make. No need to be Betty Crocker, just mix, microwave and decorate and it’s done. People get the fun of baking without be tempted by the sweets at the house. The holiday kit includes one re-usable pan, one holiday flavored mix, and one frosting mix! Cooks in less than three minutes.
Price: $9.99 www.ilovepetcakes.com
Posh’d Pets and Gifts
FurHaven’s NAP™ Sofa Pet Beds are cozy, affordable and can be the coziest gift for Fido. Thick foam bases and wide bolsters stuffed with high-loft recycled fiber, provide cozy support for pets of all ages to ensure a longer, rejuvenating rest. Owners can choose four different fabric styles and the covers can be removed and washed easily. Available in four sizes: Small, Medium, Large and Jumbo.
Price: $26.99 www.furhaven.com
For those just jumping into the pet owner role, the 3-gallon Bubble-Shaped Aquarium Kit by KollerCraft, might be the perfect gift. It comes with everything needed to set up to a successful aquarium. An aquarium is not only decorative, adding beauty to a home, dorm, or office but it has been proven to provide therapeutic effects. It includes, water care conditioner that makes tap water instantly safe enabling immediate addition of fish, tropical fish food and a How-to Set-up Your Aquarium Guide.
Price: $29.99 www.kollercraft-products.com
Keep Fido warm and up on current style trends with the Loft Dog Coat by Kurgo, a reversible and quilt-shelled jacket. Ready for a city stroll or a snowshoe adventure through the mountains, this waterproof and lightweight jacket is perfect for any activity and is designed with mobility in mind while keeping dogs warm to the core. The Loft Dog Coat is available in five different colors, size XS-XL.
Price: $35.00 www.kurgo.com
In charge of bringing dessert to a holiday gathering? Don’t forget the pets! The Perfect Pooch Gift Pack by Exclusively Pet contains a variety of cookies and different flavors including Vanilla Wafer Cookies, Best Buddy Bits Peanut Butter Flavor and more. The rustic winter gift set doesn’t need to be wrapped and it makes for an ideal hostess gift, present for the dog–obsessed and, of course, for letting your Best Buddy know he’s loved.
Price: $22.99 www.exclusivelypet.com
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