By Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
You’ve probably seen celebrities wearing fur coats and pelts all over the catwalk, but that’s not necessarily a reason to choose to invest in fur. Here are a few more reasons why it is a good fashion choice.
1. It is sustainable. Resources are not infinite on our planet, but the responsible use of animals is a safe and renewable way to clothe ourselves. Farmed and wild fur all come from species that are in abundance and whose populations are managed properly. Why buy synthetics made from petroleum by-products, when you can opt for fur? Read more about fur’s sustainability here.
2. It is long-lasting. How often do you see someone wearing their grandmother’s old polyester blouse? Probably not very often (although those things are most likely still clogging up our landfills). Fur is a long-lasting material; if cared for properly, you can easily get 30 years out of a well-made garment, but we’ve seen many older than that. We live in a time where we are increasingly concerned about waste and lack of resources, so it makes sense to buy things that are built to last. Here aresome tips for ensuring your furs last a long time.
3. Your fur coat purchase probably supports a small business. The fur industry might be large, but most of the people involved in the supply chain are small farmers, designers, processors, or individual trappers. Many of us long to buy from small businesses who invest their earnings back into the communities they live in – so why not choose fur? If you want to meet some of the people involved in the fur industry, check out our Fur Family Album.
4. It’s local. Well, it is not always local, but if you are Canadian, American, Danish, Swedish, or from any other fur-producing country, there is a very good chance you can buy a product that was homegrown in your own country. Most fashion products have a complicated supply chain that involves sourcing raw materials, weaving, processing, and construction from all around the world, but there are plenty of fur products that are made, from start to finish, in the place the animal was raised. Read more about the industry and its members, by country, here.
5. It keeps you warm. There is no arguing that. Nothing beats being wrapped in a beautiful soft pelt. Even the technical companies who specialize in Arctic clothing insist on including fur (you know who I am talking about.) Read about why this famous outerwear company uses real fur.
Read more about the fur industry at www.truthaboutfur.com.
Lehigh Valley Outdoor Expo
David Shuttleworth excepting an award at the NTA convention. Pennsylvania received the Affiliate of the Year award!
John & Jerry
John looking at Board
Jerry presenting John KIFE Award
After a successful 2015 season and high clearances all year, NAFA has elected not to hold a September auction this year. To date, we have sold all of our ranch mink and most of our wild fur, with the exception of raccoon, small sized beaver, and high quality lynx cat, as well as a quantity of silver fox.
Unsold goods will be available via an online catalogue at NAFA.ca, or through Private Treaty. Interested buyers are asked to contact our Private Treaty sales department at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (416) 675-9320.
Thank you to all of our customers for their support during the 2015 season, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2016.
July 2015 Roundup
The team over here at Truth About Fur had big plans to spend July loafing around at lakes, beaches, and parks, and enjoying summer. We figured the media would be quiet about fur since it is summer and people are focusing more on bikinis (and not only the ones made of fur). We couldn’t have been more wrong, as July was a very busy month for fur, so let’s start our Fur In The News July roundup with a subject close to my heart: fashion.
Fendi hosted an haute couture fur fashion show, named Haute Fourrure, which was the first of its kind in the world of fur and high fashion. Featuring a collection of sublime coats, jackets, and other garments, the show not only confirmed Fendi’s status as the top designer fashion house for fur, but also the fashion industry’s undying love for pelts (pardon the pun). We covered the show on our blog, you can check out some photos of the details here or read about the one million dollar coat. (I’m waiting for it to go on sale.) Karl Lagerfeld, creative director at Fendi, did a great interview about fur and the show for WWD, the New York Times did an interesting piece about fur called Fur Is Back in Fashion and Debate, and Fortune wrote about fur’s comeback, although we don’t think it ever went out of style.
PTA booth at the NTA in Hamburg NY.