Cole Haan, the upmarket shoes, handbags, coats and accessories subsidiary of Nike Inc, is to stop using fur in its products from autumn 2008.

The company says it had made the decision for "both business and sustainability reasons" and that it has worked "with our suppliers and vendors to discontinue [fur] in our product line."
Although Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike doesn't currently carry any fur items, Cole Haan - which is based in Yarmouth, Maine and operates 155 stores in 25 states and Japan - was selling coats and gloves that use mink and gloves lined with rabbit fur.

Its move follows a campaign by animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals (PETA).

Cole Haan and Nike join an ever-growing list of major retailers that refuse to sell fur including Kenneth Cole, Ann Taylor, Express, Gap, Banana Republic, Polo Ralph Lauren, Forever 21, American Eagle Outfitters, and Calvin Klein.