Chanel is Banning the use of Exotic Skins & Fur

Chanel will no longer manufacture products made from snakes, crocodiles, lizards and other exotic skins. The luxury French fashion house announced the decision earlier this week, just days before its pre-fall 2019 Métiers d’Art show in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Parisian maison cited difficulties in sourcing skins that meet the house’s quality and ethical standards as reasons behind the decision. “The future of high-end products will come from the know-how of what our atelier is able to do,” explained Bruno Pavlovsky, president of Chanel fashion and president of Chanel SAS. 

The move makes the Chanel the biggest luxury fashion house to ban exotic skins. High street brands including ASOS, Nike and H&M have already banned exotic skins, while luxury players including Gucci, Versace and Burberry are amongst the few that have ceased to use fur in future collections. 



Miss Crabb to Close its Doors for the Final Time in March

Homegrown fashion icon, Kristine Crabb, has announced that she will be closing the doors to her fashion label Miss Crabb for the final time. 

“This has been a huge decision for me, but since deciding to finish I feel calmly confident, even happy,” Crabb says. “Already I have more energy for life and I look forward to channelling my creativity into something new. Nonetheless, I have loved everything about this business.”

For almost 15 years elegant silks and distinct Miss Crabb pieces have been worn by women all over New Zealand, and the world including prime minister Jacinda Ardern, Lorde and Bic Runga.

“It’s been the most amazing journey that began with Rip Shit and Bust in 2001 on K Road and grew into Miss Crabb on Ponsonby Road in 2004 – it’s much more than a fashion label, it’s an art project, a state of mind and a ‘culty’ family; I have had three children along the way which has added another dimension to things. Now it’s time for the project to take on a new direction – just what that is, I am not sure,” Crabb says.

Today the final Miss Crabb collection is dropping in-store and online; a select high summer collection aptly named Private Idaho, inspired by daydreaming. The made-to-order service Dreams Top Rock will be taking orders until 1st February 2019 which will be fulfilled by Kristine herself. 

The Miss Crabb flagship store on Ponsonby Road will close its doors on 31st March 2019.

The Miss Crabb Bic Runga Cherry Blossom dress, pictured above and as shot on location in Fiji for the Spring/Summer issue of MiNDFOOD STYLE, is available online here