Pete Doherty calls on fashion label to go fur-free: ‘It’s total bollocks’

Doherty once worked with The Kooples but is now calling on them to change

Pete Doherty has called on fashion label The Kooples to stop using real fur on their clothes.

Doherty, who once designed a collection for the label, has urged the company to stop selling furs from raccoons, foxes and coyotes in a passionate open letter.

“Not much shocks me anymore, but PETA’s undercover video exposé shot on fur farms did – it shook me to the core”, writes Doherty. “It’s obvious that these animals’ entire lives are filled with torture …. And all for fashion? It’s total bollocks.”

PETA recently revealed how animals on fur farms spend their lives confined to wire cages before they are electrocuted, gassed or poisoned.

Doherty adds that he wants The Kooples to “show you give a toss about animal suffering by extending the ban on angora … to all animal fur.” The full letter can be read online now.


Doherty, who is currently putting the finishing touches to his second solo album, has announced five shows in the UK in May. Starting at Bristol Academy on May 11, Doherty will also play gigs at Galsgow Barrowland, Albert Hall in Manchester and two nights in east London at Hackney Empire.

Pete Doherty will play:

Bristol, Academy (May 11)
Glasgow, Barrowland (May 13)
Manchester, Albert Hall (May 17)
London, Hackney Empire (May 19-20)

Doherty is currently on tour in Europe with The Libertines and will appear with Carl Barât at John Cale’s performance of ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ in Paris on April 3.