Aritzia honoured by PETA for range of cruelty-free fashions

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      One of Vancouver’s most beloved retailers is being honoured by PETA for its cruelty-free pieces.

      PETA, one of the world’s best-known advocates for the fair and ethical treatment of animals, announced today (May 4) that it will be presenting Aritzia with its Compassionate Company Award for the shop’s generous array of vegan and faux-fur apparel options.  

      Born out of Vancouver’s Hill’s of Kerrisdale in 1984, Aritzia crafts 13 in-house brands, including Talula, Wilfred Free, and TNA. These lines offer cruelty-free wears like vegan suede dresses, vegan leather skirts and leggings—such as the wildly popular Daria pant—and vegan fur–trim parkas.

      By forgoing the use of animal products in a number of its styles, Aritzia also avoids the dehorning, castration, and branding practices related to animal agriculture, thus reducing its carbon footprint.

      “Aritzia's curated collection of cutting-edge, cruelty-free looks represents the future of fashion, in which being chic means looking and doing good,” said PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman in a press release. “PETA happily recognizes companies that demonstrate how easy it is to wear your vegan, eco-friendly values right on your sleeve.”

      PETA will award the retailer with a framed certificate and box of vegan chocolates for its efforts. Other shops who have received PETA’s Compassionate Company Award in the past include Topshop, H&M, and Urban Outfitters.