- Conor McGregor wrote about his two Gucci mink coats in an Instagram post on Friday, which he said cost him $55,000 and $80,000 each.
- The post is getting major backlash from some of his followers since the coats were made with real fur, which Gucci no longer includes in its designs.
- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wrote a letter to McGregor on Wednesday in which it urges the MMA fighter to donate the coats to its fur amnesty program.
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Conor McGregor is never one to shy away from showing off his expensive lifestyle, but his latest Instagram post is receiving some major backlash for featuring Gucci coats made of real fur.
The athlete uploaded an Instagram post on Friday about his one-of-a-kind coats from Gucci, which are both made of mink fur. In the caption, he writes that he spent $55,000 on the white coat shown in the first photo, while the one featuring a dragon design on the back cost him $80,000.
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The Original Gucci mink! I bought this coat for 55 thousand U.S Dollars at the Gucci boutique store on 5th Avenue in New York. The same location I then bought the second one, with the dragon emblazoned on the back. Costing 80k. Both these coats are hand made 1 of 1’s! None others produced. Not only are these coats iconic from a fight game standpoint – One being apart of the UFC’s first legal event in the state of New York, and the night the Champ Champ was born, and the other being apart of the highest grossing event, and biggest crossover fight in combat sports history, McGregor/Mayweather, they are now even more rare and iconic, as Gucci have since discontinued all animal skin clothing from their line. These coats are 1 of 1 and the last of their kind. All white, floor length, Gucci mink! And I have the only two in existence! The plain one has a large tiger embroidered into the seem of the coat, which I paired with a pair of wide-end Gucci pants, while the other has the unescapable dragon, emblazoned across the back, reaching around to the front, and through the entire belly of the coat! Which I paired with my very own @augustmcgregor pants! I currently have both minks in a large freezer to maintain them. I was advised this by Donatella Versace at the British Fashion awards. I’m not sure what will become of them, but I know one things for sure. These babies are iconic! One of a kind, and never to be made again! Wow! I knew upon purchase these coats would come back to me some how, and they did in PPV revenue, but the more I think of it, these babies are like art pieces now! I am going to leave them to my kids, kids. Who knows what they will be worth in many years to come? I estimate a hell of a lot! When you’re good you’re good, and when you’re great, you’re Gucci! Yours sincerely, The Gucci mink pimp, The Champ Champ, The Notorious Conor McGregor Sr.
“They are now even more rare and iconic, as Gucci have since discontinued all animal skin clothing from their line,” McGregor wrote in the caption.
He goes on to say that he’s currently storing them in a large freezer – a tip he says he learned from Donatella Versace at the British Fashion Awards – and that he’s planning on leaving them to his kids as he expects they will be worth “a hell of a lot” in years to come.
Though McGregor seemed to be celebrating his purchases, many of the comments he received were less than congratulatory
Many people took to the comments section to criticize McGregor for purchasing coats made of real fur, which Gucci discontinued the use of in October 2017.
“Baffles me why you would brag about wearing a dead animal that had a desire to live,” one commenter wrote, while another added: “How sad that someone brags about having two coats made of dead animals.”
Others also pointed out the fact that McGregor’s home country of Ireland has recently announced a bill to phase out fur farming and make the establishment of new farms illegal.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has also weighed in on the matter
The organization wrote McGregor a letter on Wednesday and provided a copy to INSIDER. The letter urges him to stop wearing fur and donate his two Gucci coats to PETA’s fur amnesty program.
“After seeing you promote your fur collection in a recent social media post, I wanted to get in touch in the hope that you’ll consider donating the garments to PETA’s fur amnesty programme and joining the evergrowing list of fur-free stars,” PETA director Elisa Allen writes in the letter provided to INSIDER.
The letter goes on to explain what the coats would be used for should McGregor make the decision to donate them.
“We would put them to good use in our educational displays in order to inform other people about the grim fur trade,” PETA wrote. “Alternatively, we could give them to refugees in war-torn countries or people sleeping rough – the only people who have any excuse for wearing fur in this day and age – or use them as bedding for orphaned animals.”
Representatives for McGregor and Gucci did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.