It’s been creeping back onto our boutiques’ shelves for a few years now, championed especially in Cricket and Boudoir Boutique in Cavern Walks, and in vintage shops such as Little Red Vintage on Bold Street. Is there a place for fur in fashion? Or would you like to see a fur free Liverpool?

SevenStreets thinks the use of fur, for fashion, is inexcusable. We called Justine Mills, Cricket’s owner. Why, we asked, does she buy – and sell – fur and continue to support this inhumane industry?

“No comment.”

Are you, we wondered, stocking fur this winter? “No comment.”

Hardly a ringing endorsement, is it? Hardly a passionate show of support for her stock? Odd, that the most exposure-hungry fashion brand in the city suddenly gets so coy, so lost for words. We suppose it’s not the type of question she’s asked from The Echo.

We tell her we know she’s selling fur. We’ve seen it. “So why are you asking me, then?” she says, before slamming the receiver down.

If you’re, like us, of the opinion that there really is no need for this barbaric industry, you’ll be interested in visiting the Liverpool Social Centre tomorrow (Friday 19). A leading anti fur campaigner from Norway will be leading a workshop and discussion about a recent expose about the truth behind the fur trade over there (from where we get a good deal of our furs). 85% percent of the fur industry’s skins come from animals living captive in fur factory farms, with animals kept in cramped ‘battery’ cages for their entire lives. Worth the suffering for a chinchilla collar that’ll be so last season, er, next season? No, we thought not.

The event is well timed – as shops are beginning to stock up with their winter ranges, trimmed with the latest must-have animal furs.

Liverpool is, rightly, praised for its individual, esoteric and refreshing take on fashion. Let’s show the rest of them that, when it comes to animal furs, we don’t follow the pack.

If only Cricket took a stand – like committed anti-fur campaigner Leona Lewis has – against this anachronistic, and unnecessary practise.  Imagine how strong a signal that would give – how influential that would be.

We phone back, and suggest it to them.

“No comment.”

Anti Fur Trade meeting
Liverpool Social Centre, Bold Street 

  • Ade

    I highly doubt that the majority of Cricket’s high-paying customers care at all. And therefore Cricket will continue to stock it. I believe that that is capitalism.

  • http://cathbore.wordpress.com Cath Bore

    Good on you for flagging this up, though. Liverpool has never followed the pack so why a city shop like Cricket is selling fur is beyond me. Perhaps the anti-fur campaign should approach the customers Ade mentions?

  • Public Enema No1

    Man has used fur as a method to keep warm for thousands of years. A lot of people out there love fur. We respect the view that you take but you don’t seem to allow us an opinion. In trying to force your own opinions on others you risk sounding like The Sun newspaper before a general election. I am a decent, hard-working person who thinks fur clothing is beautiful and highly practical. Unfairly depicting all fur-lovers as sadistic criminals does nothing to help your case.

    In case you hadn’t noticed, the sale of fur is LEGAL in this country. If you care so much about animals’ welfare, why don’t you have a go at every restaurant and their patrons for their love of meat? Would you accept a Quorn ‘sirloin steak’ if you dined at Fraiche? Nor would I. There is no substitute for real fur.

    I love fur and will not be cowed (like so many others) from saying so by a bunch of hypocritical, domineering bullies. By all means, protest to our MPs if you want change. Just leave the law-abiding retailers and consumers alone.