The auction house is planning a “controlled shutdown” by 2023, following the Danish government’s decision to cull the country’s mink population amid a COVID-19 scare.
Animal activists are calling for a total ban as a result of the COVID-19 infections on Danish mink farms, while fur traders see opportunity for long-term growth.
Several other retailers and brands have vowed to stop selling fur, but Nordstrom is the first retailer to also ban exotic skins.
Vegan fur seems to have stepped in as a re-brand for its faux counterpart — but neither may necessarily be more sustainable than the other.
The city enacted a ban on the sale of fur earlier this year as many major brands already abandoned its use.
Governor Gavin Newsom made California the first state to enact such a ban. Now, pro-fur groups are vowing litigation.