Stella McCartney Reveals Ground-Breaking KOBA® Fur-Free Fur, Integrating up to 100 percent DuPont™ Sorona®

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The first ever sustainable bio-based faux fur.

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Stella McCartney has led the industry that is now increasingly moving away from the use of animal-based furs, and this collaboration allows both her cruelty-free and sustainability values to go hand in hand. With KOBA® faux fur, we expect to see the use of bio-based materials gain even greater use.

Stella McCartney becomes the first fashion designer to launch sustainable and ground-breaking KOBA® Fur-Free Fur – the world’s first faux-fur made using plant-based ingredients.

Vegetarian and cruelty-free since day one, animal welfare is at the heart of the brand’s ethos and Stella is incredibly excited to be pushing the boundaries of sustainability in her signature Fur-Free Fur, providing her customers with an ethical option that is also better for the planet.

KOBA® faux fur by ECOPEL is made with recycled polyester and up to 100 percent DuPont™ Sorona® plant-based fibers, creating the first commercially available faux furs using bio-based ingredients The new KOBA® Fur-Free Fur can be recycled at the end of its long life, helping to keep ensure it never ends up as waste and closes the fashion loop, something that Stella is incredibly passionate about, as she pushes toward circularity. It’s 37 percent plant-based Sorona® material means that it consumes up to 30 percent less energy and produces up to 63 percent less greenhouse gas than conventional synthetics.

Stella McCartney comments, “I am incredibly excited about this new eco-friendly, bio- based Fur-Free Fur. It is another big step toward the future of fashion being sustainable and animal free.”

Created by ECOPEL, KOBA® integrates up to 100 percent DuPont™ Sorona® polymer homofilament fibres to offer a soft, versatile, and long-lasting fur alternative, and the first commercially available faux fur using bio-based ingredients.

Renee Henze, Global Marketing Director, DuPont Biomaterials comments, “Stella McCartney has led the industry that is now increasingly moving away from the use of animal-based furs, and this collaboration allows both her cruelty-free and sustainability values to go hand in hand. With KOBA® faux fur, we expect to see the use of bio-based materials gain even greater use and acceptance in the textile and fashion industry.”

Comment from Christopher Sarfati, CEO of ECOPEL, “We’ve been working with Stella McCartney for several years and we have clearly been positively influenced by her values. Not only are we proud to offer animal-friendly alternatives to fur but are even more proud to take the road less traveled in designing new ways to create faux fur. From recycled to bio- based, we are supporting a transition toward more sustainable materials.

This first onyx black KOBA® Fur-Free Fur coat with Alter-Nappa detailing is a prototype revealed exclusively at the Summer 2020 show, front row on Natalia Vodianova. The KOBA® Fur-Free Fur will be developed as part of the Stella McCartney Collections from 2020.

About Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney is a luxury lifestyle brand that has launched under the designer’s name in 2001. Stella’s approach to design emphasizes sharp tailoring, natural confidence and an effortless attitude. The brand is committed to being an ethical and modern company, believing it is responsible for the resources it uses and the impact it has on the environment. It is therefore constantly exploring innovative ways to become more sustainable, from designing to store practices and product manufacturing. As a life-long vegetarian, Stella McCartney never uses any leather, fur, skins or feathers in any products for both ethical and environmental reasons, setting a standard for the use of alternative materials. Supporting circularity, the brand is embracing new business models that will transform how clothes are produced, sold, shared, repaired and reused; promoting long-lasting product with extended use to reduce environmental impact.

The brand now offers women and menswear ready-to-wear, as well as handbags, shoes and a kids’ line. It has also developed under licensing eyewear, lingerie, swimwear, fragrances and a long-term partnership with Adidas. The collections are currently available in more than 100 countries at wholesale, and through 61 freestanding stores including London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai. For additional information, please visit: http://www.stellamccartney.com.

About ECOPEL

Ecopel (HX) Company Ltd. is a subsidiary of Shanghai Haizin Group Co., Ltd., offering faux fur, accessories and home textiles. ECOPEL has become one of the biggest manufacturers of faux fur in the world with a renowned expertise in the area of high-quality faux fur. Thanks to the acquisition of new high-tech machinery, Ecopel has been working with 350 brands including prestigious luxury brands and is no longer working with fast fashion brands. Ecopel is committed to develop more innovative and sustainable materials such as recycled or bio-based in order to only use these new materials in the coming years. For more information, please visit http://www.ecopel.cn/intro.html

About DuPont Biomaterials

DuPont Biomaterials brings innovations to global partners through the development of high performance, renewable materials. It does so through its novel bio-based solutions for industries as varied as packaging, food, cosmetics, apparel and carpeting, all facing the challenges of greening their supply chains and offering high performance, sustainable choices to their downstream customers. To learn more about DuPont Biomaterials, please visit http://biosciences.dupont.com/solutions/biomaterials/.

About DuPont

DuPont (NYSE: DD) is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials, ingredients and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Our employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, construction, water, health and wellness, food and worker safety. More information can be found at http://www.dupont.com.

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