The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) led an undercover investigation that discovered that mega discount department store, Century 21 was mislabeling its fur merchandise. According to their press release “In September 2012, HSUS investigators purchased three Marc by Marc Jacobs jackets online from Century 21, where they were advertised as having “faux fur” trim. Upon delivery all three jacket labels indicated “real raccoon fur” from China and laboratory testing of one jacket indicated it was actually raccoon dog.” Under the federal Fur Labeling Act, all clothing sold within the U.S that are composed of fur trim, no matter the value of the fur, must be labeled with the species of animal and country of origin, regardless of the dollar value of the fur material, according to HSUS’s website.
Century 21 has issued a statement, according to Daily Mail, in which they stated, “Century 21 does not create garment labels, the manufacturers do. It is the manufacturer’s responsibility to provide an accurate account of materials used in the garment and to be transparent with the consumer before his or her purchase. We respect the diligence of the The Humane Society of the United States to uphold state and federal laws in regards to garment labeling.” To our knowledge, Marc Jacobs has yet to issue a statement on the matter.
StyleBlazers, where does the blame lie?