Selfridges is first major department store to ban sale of exotic skins
Now, that era is at an end as Selfridges becomes the first major department store to ban exotic animal skins, following many major fashion houses.
The retailer, which banned the sale of fur in 2005, said it prided itself on being a "responsible retailer and a trusted curator of brands".
Python, alligator, crocodile and lizard skins are also disappearing from the catwalk, as Chanel and Victoria Beckham are among those who have banned the material, with more expected to follow.
Selfridges' buying director Sebastian Manes said: "I am proud to confirm that exotic skins will no longer be available to purchase at Selfridges as of February 2020.
"We will continue in our ambition to inspire our brands and customers through thoughtful, ethical and transparent buying strategies."