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Gaultier May Join Ranks of Designers Going Fur-Free

GOING FUR-FREE: Could Jean Paul Gaultier be the latest designer set to go fur-free? The couturier this weekend on French Saturday night TV show “Bonsoir!” said that’s the plan going forward. A Gaultier spokeswoman declined to confirm the news, however, adding that the designer is traveling.
Replying to presenter Isabelle Ithurburu’s comment that he likes to work with leather and natural fur, Gaultier said: “That’s something I’m going to fix.
“I’ve worked with [fur] since the beginning, occasionally working with old furs,” he said, conceding that the material is more sensual than fake fur.
“But alternatives do exist for keeping warm,” he added. “The way animals are killed is deplorable.”
Mimi Bekhechi, director of international programs at the U.K. branch of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said in a statement Sunday that, “The corks are popping at PETA’s headquarters.”
The animal rights group has been aggressively targeting Gaultier for years to try to get him to ditch fur. In 2006, PETA activists demonstrated at the Jean Paul Gaultier store on Avenue Georges V in Paris, led by PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk. Protesters smeared red paint on the windows and activists waved signs, “Death for Sale.” About a decade ago, PETA protesters stormed onto

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