California Bans Fur

It’s the first state in the US to ban the manufacture and sale of new fur products.

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California has banned fur.

On Friday, October 11th, following a fashion season that pushed sustainability unlike any that came before, California became the first state in the US to ban animal fur products. Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill making it illegal to sell, donate, or manufacture new fur products (San Francisco and Los Angeles recently enacted similar city-wide bans). It applies to all new clothing and accessories made with fur, and violators will face civil penalties. The new law will go into effect on January 1st, 2023.

The bill also incorporates provisions that will prevent animals like elephants and bears from being used in circus acts and legislation prohibiting hunting or killing bobcats in California.

“California is a leader when it comes to animal welfare and today that leadership includes banning the sale of fur,” said Governor Newsom. “But we are doing more than that. We are making a statement to the world that beautiful wild animals like bears and tigers have no place on trapeze wires or jumping through flames. Just YouTube the videos showing the cruel way these animals – often stripped from their mothers as babies – are trained to do dangerous tricks. It’s deeply disturbing.”

Leather, cowhide, shearling, and fur products used for religious purposes or by Native American tribes are exempt from the ban, and it only applies to new clothing, not used. It seems to mainly apply to new commercial manufacturing–fur taken with a hunting license will still be lawful.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals praised the new legislation. “Today is a historic day for animals in California, including those who have been whipped into performing in circuses, or skinned alive for their fur or skin,” Tracy Reiman, Executive Vice President of PETA, said in a statement on Friday. “PETA is proud to have worked with compassionate legislators to push these lifesaving laws forward and looks to other states to follow California’s progressive lead.”

Related: Kim Kardashian West Had All of Her Fur Coats Remade as Faux-Fur Versions

These 13 New Faux Fur Coats Will Freshen up Your Winter Wardrobe

This short Alexander Wang faux fur coat is what will keep you toasty on a cold, blustery night out.

Buy now: Alexander Wang coat, $721,

Wearing this chesnut-hued faux fur coat will literally make you feel like you’re cozied up in a life-sized teddy bear. What better protection against January’s chill than that?

Buy now: Apparis coat, $365,

Animalia has been one of the top trends of 2018, and it is not letting up any time soon. Pre-order this Calvin Klein 205W39NYC coat, and you’ll have it just in time for this year’s chill.

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While a plush faux fur is an excellent addition to your wardrobe, so is a faux fur cape, especially when it’s from Burberry.

Buy now: Burberry coat, $754,

Nili Lotan’s luscious faux fur coat is perfect for any occasion. Wear the cropped coat with a fitted turtleneck and high-waisted jeans, or over one of her elegant slip dresses.

Buy now: Nili Lotan coat, $837,

Embrace this bold-hued faux fur from Diane von Furstenburg, and be sure to layer in tone-on-tone with a rouge knit and tailored pant, or pair with a pop of pink.

Buy now: Diane von Furstenburg coat, $600,

Perhaps one of the most popular faux fur coats of this winter, and for good reason. This Totême full-length coat is one you’ll cherish for the ages.

Buy now: Toteme coat, $900,

Givenchy was one of the major labels who have led the movement to swap real fur for faux. We love this oversized tri-color faux, it is one you’ll wear for seasons to come.

Buy now: Givenchy coat, $3,724,

Kwaidon Editions is one of the hip new labels that may help take over the gap left by old Céline. This brown double-breasted faux fur may as well double as a blanket for January’s coldest days.

Buy now: Kwaidon Editions, $1,149,

This double-breasted black faux fur coat from Moschino is classic in shape, and will be a closet staple until spring.

Buy now: Moschino coat, $1,397,

Cozy up in this plush brown faux, courtesy of Vince. Cropped with extra long sleeves, pair with a wool sweater and dark wash straight-leg jeans.

Buy now: Vince jacket $297,

Founded in 2014, Stand makes cool leather pieces and now, faux fur jackets in a wide range of colors and prints. This jacket in particular, fashioned after a peat coat, will keep you warm and toasty this winter.

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Navy and black look oh-so-cool together in this faux shearling full-length coat from Topshop.

Buy now: Topshop coat, $170,