NEW YORK — Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. said Thursday that it will stop using fur across its entire assortment, from apparel to the home collection. The move will be effective with the upcoming holiday season.

That said, fur never accounted for much of Polo’s business, with sources saying that of the 150 million units a year that Polo Ralph Lauren sells, less than half a percent contains some type of fur.

According to a Polo statement, the company plans to give the remaining 1,200 pieces of clothing that feature fur to a charitable organization to distribute to people in need. “Fur has never been an integral part of our design strategy,” said a Polo spokeswoman in a statement. “We are publicly announcing this decision because the use of fur has been under review internally and we feel that the time is right to take this action.”

A Polo spokeswoman stressed the company will continue to use leather, shearling, deer and goat.

Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA, said in a statement that “Ralph Lauren clothes have always been elegant, but now you can feel comfortable inside and out knowing that the company has made this compassionate decision.”

This story first appeared in the June 9, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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