Oscar de la Renta responds to elephant hide claims

The fashion house came under fire from PETA for alleged use of elephant skin in its products

By Andrea Tim | Published: 5 Nov 2015

PETA vs. de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta has responded to claims from PETA that the fashion house uses elephant skin in its accessories, which were sold on shopping website Gilt.

"This afternoon, PETA posted on its Web site a claim that Oscar de la Renta used elephant skin in our accessories products," a spokesperson told WWD in response to the allegations. "In fact, this is not true, as Gilt Groupe has acknowledged that this resulted from them incorrectly labelling one of our products as being made from 100 percent elephant skin. They have acknowledged the mistake and have moved to correct it across their site."

"Unfortunately, many of their users have seen this and understandably are outraged, as are we. We do not and will never use elephant skin in any of our products," the spokesperson added.

The now-removed post (read the cached version here) on PETA's website claimed that "by selling shoes made of elephant skin, both Gilt and Oscar de la Renta are complicit in the slaughter of these intelligent, social, and empathetic gentle giants."

WWD suggests that this misunderstanding may have arisen from the use of elaphe, a rat snake species, which we think PETA would still have a problem with, anyway.

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