Fur in the name of the British royal tradition? No thanks, says Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood.

The fur debate is still having a moment with new and established brands increasingly opting for faux alternatives and the fur industry itself making desperate attempts to promote the historic style credentials associated with the material (like in this new promotional video by Fur Now). Some turbulence has now hit UK’s Ministry of Defence as animal rights’ activists have expressed their anger towards the signature tall black hats of Buckingham Palace guardsmen – which 200 years after they were first introduced are still made from Canadian bear fur. Even though renowned British designers Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney have offered to design new hats for the purpose – made without the real deal – the ministry persistently declines, in the name of tradition. Read more here.

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