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Project Runway’s legendary mentor, Tim Gunn, supports NCY Fur Ban
Tim Gunn – fashion legend and mentor of TV’s famous Project Runway for the past 16 years - is making his voice in favour for a fur ban in NYC heard. He’s been invited to testify during a hearing prompted by Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s proposed legislation to ban all fur sale and manufacturing in New York City.
The New York Post managed to obtain a draft of the expected testimony by Gunn. “Now it’s time to safeguard all the other animals from such gratuitous violence … Johnson’s bill … as lawmakers have already done in Los Angeles and San Francisco.”
He invoked the names of various global brands of designers - including Project Runway cohort Michael Kors, Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri and Versace president Donatella Versace - who have all made the decision to not include fur in their collections anymore.
He went on to explaining that the once enormous fur industry of NYC has drastically declined in popularity, with no more than 14 garment district storefronts selling fur in the previous year, as compared to the 450 businesses doing so a mere 40 years ago.
“Designers are finding it increasingly easy to be creative without being destructive”’ he stated “Hundreds of fabrics have been developed that are more eco-friendly and animal friendly. Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Armani, and Chanel have enacted fur-free policies, as have dozens of mass-market brands like H&M, Zara, Gap, Nine West, and The North Face.”
The bill, introduced by Johnson, would ban the sale of fur apparel in the city unless it is to be used for religious customs. Fines for breaching the ban would start at $500 for a first offense and up to $1,500 for additional offenses.
In addition to the proposed city- wide legislation, New York assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a devoted animal-rights activist, introduced a bill earlier this year that would enact a state-wide ban on the sale and production of fur by 2021.