10 Things to Know About San Francisco’s Fur Ban

In What's New, Industry News by Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Michael Kors as pledged to go fur free. Now, the city of San Francisco has.

The City of San Francisco has banned fur, causing animal rights activists to cheer and some fur manufacturers to substitute faux fur options. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. San Francisco isn’t the first city to fully ban fur, but it is the largest. West Hollywood and Berkeley, California are already fur-free zones.
  2. The San Francisco fur ban officially goes into effect January 1, 2019.
  3. The ban includes the sale of fur coats and accessories (also including key chains, phone cases, gloves and scarves).
  4. Even fur items purchased online can’t be delivered to a San Francisco address. How this is to be policed is still unclear.
  5. San Francsico retailers who violate the ban will be fined $500 “per item per day.” Therefore, selling a fur coat and a fur hat on the same day would result in a fine of $1,000.
  6. Current retailers will have until 2020 to clear out their existing inventory of fur products.
  7. Thrift/second hand stores selling real fur, as well as charities, are exempt from the ruling.
  8. According to the Chamber of Commerce, fur sales in San Francisco represent $40 million annually. The city’s Office of Economic Analysis, however, estimated fur sales at $11 million in 2012, based on census figures.
  9. About 50 clothing and accessory retailers downtown will be affected by the legislation, said Jim Lazarus, senior vice president of public policy at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.
  10. The Fashion Industry has already began taking strides to ban real fur on the design end. Michael Kors pledged to go fur free in 2018, and other major fashion houses like Versace and Gucci have pledged to eliminate real fur from their collections.
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