Harvey Nichols has said there was no connection between Peta’s anti-fur campaign and the sudden resignation of fashion director Paula Reed last week.
Reed stepped down from her role on Friday afternoon after just over a year. She had joined the business from consumer magazine Grazia.
Following an official announcement about her departure, Peta sent out its own statement implying, but not explicitly stating, that she had left as a result of a campaign in which 5,000 people emailed Harvey Nichols to complain about it selling fur.
Reed had been “solely responsible” for the decision to do so, breaking the department store’s decade long ban.
However a source close to the company told Drapers yesterday that the two were not related. Today, chief executive Joseph Wan issued a statement confirming that.
“There was neither a causal link nor indeed any connection between the change in the Company’s fur policy and the resignation of its fashion director Paula Reed,” he said.