Parsons School of Design, New York’s premier fashion academy, has ended its partnerships with fur companies, reports Yahoo Style. Focusing instead on alternative materials and methods, Parsons had previously promoted career opportunities in and accepted sponsorships from the fur industry. It will no longer offer any incentives for students to use fur in their designs.
The move toward a cruelty-free curriculum is an initiative of Burak Cakmak, the school’s dean of fashion since 2015, who championed sustainable and environmental practices during his tenure at Gucci, YAL, and Stella McCartney, among other luxury brands. “We are teaching the future leaders of the fashion industry,” he said, “that they can have a positive impact on the environment by not using animal products, and still create beautiful designs.”