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"Faux fur" clothes were made of animals

Posted by: Jane Friedmann under Businesses in hot water, Whistleblower Updated: March 20, 2013 - 1:07 PM

Here's a twist.

The Federal Trade Commission says several clothing makers were caught hawking "faux fur" garments that were actually made with the pelts of coyote, raccoon and other creatures. They also failed to identify the animal and country of origin of real fur products, the FTC announced this week.



The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.,, Inc. and Eminent, Inc., doing business as Revolve Clothing, violated various laws including the Fur Products Labeling Act, when they failed to properly label or advertise the products, the FTC said. The companies agreed to settle charges leveled against them by the FTC.

Neiman Marcus advertised a $1,295 "outerwear jacket" and a $798 "Kyah Coat" as containing faux fur when they actually contained real fur. A $325 ballerina shoe was advertised online as having a faux-fur pouf made of cotton and viscose. In a catalog the pouf was described as having a dyed mink pouf from Spain. Before marketing the shoe, Neiman Marcus had been notified by the vendor that the pouf was made of rabbit fur. incorrectly advertised a $347 "snorkel jacket," a $55 "fur/leather vest," and a $260 "NY Subway Leather Bomber Jacket" as having faux fur. The snorkel jacket had a label stating the fur was "real raccoon." Another product labeled as "real fur" failed to specify the name of the animal.

Eminent incorrectly advertised a $330 "Australia Luxe Collective Nordic Angel Short Boot," a $680 "Marc Jacobs Runway Roebling Coat," a "Dakota Xan Fur Poncho" and an "Eryn Brinie Belted Faux Fur Vest" as having faux fur. The runway coat contained coyote fur and the poncho and vest contained raccoon.

The companies agreed to retain copies of their advertising and refrain from violating the "Fur Act and the Fur Rules" for the next 20 years, the FTC said, which makes Whistleblower wonder what happens in year 21.

To comment on the FTC's orders, which haven't yet been made final, click here.

The FTC has also published a guide, the In-FUR-mation Alert, that explains the Fur Products Labeling Act.


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