Karl Lagerfeld Defends Fur Industry

Karl Lagerfeld. Image courtesy of watzby.com

Karl Lagerfeld, the head honcho of Chanel, Fendi and his eponymous label, Karl Lagerfeld, has never shied away from making controversial remarks. This time, the designer comes to the defence of the fur industry – ruffling a few pelts along the way.

Anna Dello Russo wearing Fendi.
Anna Dello Russo wearing Fendi.

In the candid interview in New York Times, Lagerfeld was quoted as saying, “It’s very easy to say no fur, no fur, no fur, but it’s an industry.”

“Who will pay for all the unemployment of the people if you suppress the industry of the fur? The hunters in the north for the sable, they have no other job, there is nothing else to do. Those organizations who are much against it, they are not Bill Gates,” he added.

Fendi Autumn Winter 2012
Fendi Autumn Winter 2012

He continued, “The problem with fur…For me, as long as people eat meat and wear leather, I don’t get the message.”

All of these candid comments are because Lagerfeld is getting ready to prepare for a Fendi fur extravaganza,  Couture Fourrure.

“For me, Fur is Fendi and Fendi is Fur, Fun Furs! Fendi is my Italian version of creativity. The Fendi Haute Fourrure fashion show is the opportunity to stage the Royal Furs of Furs”, he said.

Saskia de Braw for Fendi campaign, "Roman Skyline"
Saskia de Braw for Fendi campaign, “Roman Skyline”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) UK Director Mimi Bekhechi lashed back, “Fendi’s ‘haute horreur’ and their hiring of Karl Lagerfeld, who dresses like an undertaker and enjoys putting corpses into his collections, is all quite shameful and pathetic.”

However that criticism will likely fall on deaf ears with Lagerfeld closing his argument by admitting, “There are not too many people with an opinion I care for.”


Karl Lagerfeld also mentioned his disapproval on Selfie. You can read more on that here.