Love the look of fur — but always opt for faux? If you picked up a fur-trimmed 3.1 Phillip Lim parka at Barneys New York, you’re likely wearing fur. The retailer and designer have both come under scrutiny after The Humane Society sent out a press release saying that according to lab results, the jacket is made with real fur from an “animal in the Canidae family, possibly coyote.”
The Humane Society has screenshots (PDF) from Barneys website advertising the coat as having a “faux fur collar trim.” NBC New York reports that the jacket label makes “no mention of whether the fur collar was fake or real or, for that matter, what kind of fur it was,” and that a “spokeswoman for Phillip Lim concedes that the collar was labeled as real coyote fur in Japanese, just not in any other language.” If the jacket does include fur, the fashion company could be in trouble for violating a New York state fur labeling law that requires all animal fur to be labeled as “real fur” on the label, and could pay a fine of up to $500.
Luckily for Barneys and Phillip Lim, a federal law concerning fur labeling doesn’t kick in until March 2011. At that point, penalties will get stiffer. According to Ecouterre, “H.R. 2480, the Truth in Fur Labeling Act, will require that all garments made with animal fur will include the correct species origin on their labels. Flouting the law can result in up to a $5,000 fine and imprisonment for one year.”
So, did you buy the offending coat and don’t want it anymore? NBC New York reports that 3.1 Phillip Lim is offering a full refund.