Michael David Kors or Michael Kors was born on August 9, 1959, on Long Island, New York, United States. He was born as Karl Anderson, Jr. He is a fashion designer who lives in New York City and widely known for designing classic American sportswear for women. Kors is the Honorary Board and Head of the Creative Sector at his company, Michael Kors Holdings Limited.
He is the son of Joan Kors, a former model with his first husband, Karl Anderson, a student. His mother married to Bill Kors when he was five years old, and his family name changed to Kors. His mother told Karl that he could choose his first name too but he preferred to change his name to Michael David Kors.
Kors grew up at Merrick, New York and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, New York. Mrs. Kors was a Jew and her father was of Swedish descent. Kors married her workmate, Lance LePere, on August 16, 2011.
Michael Kors and Fur-Free Mission
In December 2017, Michael Kors announced that his company would be fur-free. The production currently uses furs, such as coyotes and rabbits. Slowly he made changes throughout his company and will not use any fur in December 2018.
The decision, although not officially based on the program carried out by vocal demonstrators in June a few months ago. The protesters were protest when he gave a speech and direct interview at the New York City Metropolitan Art Museum with a slogan that he has blood in his hand. Some protesters even went on stage and making sounds of animals being tortured and shouting at him for using fur.
Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo
The fur-free mission will also apply to the luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo, which has been acquired by Michael Kors Holdings this year as well as the Versace brand.
“Technology advances in fabrication so that we now have the ability to create luxurious aesthetics using non-animal feathers,” said the designer, referring to alternative materials that look and feel like animal skin and fur but are made of synthetic fibers. “We will show these new techniques at our upcoming runway in February.”
His past history that often used fur often triggered demonstrations from protest groups, from holding placards outside his fashion shows to invading his New York shops. Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) issued a statement welcoming the happy news. “This is a great holiday gift for our furry animals,” said the organization’s senior vice president, Dan Mathews.
This fashion house follows in the footsteps of Gucci, which announced in October that they were part of the Free Feather Alliance, an international group of more than 40 organizations campaigning on animal welfare and promoting alternatives to fur in the fashion industry.
Stella McCartney, like Gucci owned by Kering group, has been one of the supporters of fur-free fashion and committed to never using animal products in her collection since she started her brand. She invested in the types of technological innovation that has now followed by Michael Kors.