On the 24th of November, a protest was held inside Nieman Marcus against their continuing sales of fur coats. Due to cold weather the protesters were not expected and protesters were able to operate for about two minutes unopposed by security.
When managers managed to talk protesters into leaving, that set up a direct protest against someone walking by wearing a fur coat. During the late 1980’s it may have been these confrontations more than anything else that made people stop wearing the furs they had and stop buying new ones.
This may have been the first protest inside Neiman Marcus over their fur sales in quite a while. During the 1999-2001 era, Compassion over Killing used to do protests inside “Nieman-Carcass,” some of them quick hits like this one, but most famously an end-of-season lockdown inside the fur department itself.
In an interesting twist, Nieman Marcus had to agree to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission after they got caught selling rabbit, raccoon, and possibly dyed mink fur as fake or “faux” fur. A Burberry Jacket, a Stuart Weitzman shoe, and an Alice& Olivia Kyah coat were all found by the FTC to contain real fur marketed as fake on Nieman Marcus’s website.
Under the terms of this settlement Niemans escaped any immediate sanctions but any further mislabeled fur products will lead to hefty fines.
This shows that NO product that appears to be fur can safely be purchased from any retail outlet unless it is very obviously synthetic.