• Mahiki Becomes the First Club in London that Bans Fur!

    Profile photo of TeeterDance

    Over a year ago

    Royal favourite Mahiki has risked riling its clientele after becoming the first nightclub in London to ban fur.

    Patrons at the Mayfair nightspot will be greeted by a new neon sign donated by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, featuring the word “fur” with a slash through it.

    Clubbers who are wearing fur will be refused entry, and other guests will be given “No Fur” badges at the door.

    Campaigner Meg Mathews is behind the initiative and will be training the venue’s staff in how to spot fur items —as opposed to faux fur, which is allowed — judging by look and feel.

    She will host an evening at the club, where visitors have included Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, tomorrow night, manning the door to check customers. The club plans to retain the policy.

    She said: “I love the idea of being able to show how fabulous being fur-free can be. Mahiki is one of the coolest spots in London, so it was my first choice for hosting a night to promote compassion in fashion.

    “I don’t care who you are — if you’re wearing fur, you’re heartless, and you’re not coming in.”

    Once a major taboo, attitudes to fur have seemed to become more lax recently as it has appeared in catwalk shows for the likes of Gucci.

    But Mathews added: “Twenty years after PETA’s famous ‘I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur’ campaign began, wearing fur is now viewed with disgust. You can always find a few people who don’t care, and there will always be people so desperate for attention that they wear it just to raise eyebrows — but you can’t have any respect for someone who hears about the gassing, beating and electrocution of animals and then decides to go out wearing something made that way.

    “There are so many great designers working with cruelty-free fabrics, and that’s what we should be celebrating during fashion season.”

    Socialite and jewellery designer Mathews may have her hands full — celebrities spotted leaving Mahiki wearing what appeared to be fur have included Lindsay Lohan and Rihanna.

    Kate Moss is a fan and last week Rita Ora was seen in a £30,000 Fendi coat made from mink and beaver fur.

    PETA spokeswoman Mimi Bekhechi said: “Anyone who wants to be ‘in’ needs to know that fur is most definitely ‘out’.

    “The hottest trend in fashion is compassion, so we applaud Mahiki for taking a stand against real fur.”

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  • Profile photo of Sabrina08

    Over a year ago

    This is fantastic news! I hope other clubs follow suit and enforce this as a policy.

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  • Profile photo of LittleLotte

    Over a year ago

    That’s great, they should ban leather too!

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  • Profile photo of peta2

    Over a year ago

    Hey @TeeterDance,

    This is awesome & so exciting :) I hope this becomes a new trend.

    ~Liz from peta2

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