The fashion director of Harvey Nichols has resigned after animal rights activists accused her of breaking the exclusive department store’s no-fur policy.
Paula Reed, who had been in the job for just a short year, angered animal activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) with her approval of allowing fashion labels with fur trimmings to be allowed for sale. Under her direction, clothes trimmed with fox, rabbit and raccoon fur made their way on to the shop floor despite the company’s decade-long ban.
In the days before she quit, animal rights protesters had sent more than 5,000 emails and thousands of messages on social network sites, urging her to stop selling fur. After her resignation, she tweeted to her 11,000 Twitter followers: ‘Funny how things turn out.’
Peta claimed: ‘After receiving confirmation in a meeting with Joseph Wan that Reed was single-handedly responsible for breaking Harvey Nichols’ strict, decade-long policy against selling fur, Peta hopes her resignation will pave the way for the reinstatement of the department store’s previous, well-respected policy.