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Fur - yes or no?

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MrsCampbellBlack Tue 06-Aug-13 14:09:11

Interesting article about fur in September vogue. Seems its becoming popular again and I just wondered what people's views were on here?

Personally I'd wear shearling as not sure that's very different to leather (is it??) but wouldn't wear real fur.

So does anyone wear real fur?

IHeartKingThistle Tue 06-Aug-13 14:10:02


SundaySimmons Tue 06-Aug-13 14:12:04


I have no problem if you eat the animal and then wear the fur to keep warm.

Leather is a by product of the beef industry, so I don't have a problem with that.

Mink and fox are farmed specifically for their fur, so I do have a problem with that.

I also think that they can manufacture fake fur which looks great, keeps you warm and unless you live in some kind of sub zero environment, there is no need to wear real fur.

OddSockMonster Tue 06-Aug-13 14:15:01


Only really accceptable if you're living within the Arctic circle and the alternative involves freezing to death, in my opinion.

dexter73 Tue 06-Aug-13 14:15:47

Not for me either. I agree with SundaySimmons that the fake fur looks just as good to me.

OddSockMonster Tue 06-Aug-13 14:18:05

Actually, I should extend that to anyone who lives in mountains, or nomadic communities etc. too really shouldn't I.

Bonsoir Tue 06-Aug-13 14:19:49

I love the look of real fur and it is perfectly standard ( more than acceptable) winter wear where I live. I'm just waiting for Father Christmas to put a mink coat (preferably from Marni) in my stocking smile

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 06-Aug-13 14:21:02

I've noticed on higher end coats with fur trim that its often real now when I've just assumed its fake. I suspect there are quite a lot of people who are wearing fur but don't realise.

But interesting its all no's so far. Well, of course I did expect that, am not sure mn'ers are you're classic fur jacket market.

worldgonecrazy Tue 06-Aug-13 14:21:27

Yes, fur is a renewable resource, and contrary to popular belief, the carcasses are used in the pet food and fertiliser industries, so there is no waste.

Fake fur is manufactured from plastic, which is made from oil and is non biodegradable. Many marine animals are harmed or killed through the manufacturer of fake fur.

Fur animals bred in Europe and North America are looked after, simply because high quality fur makes more money, and high quality fur only comes from animals with good welfare. This is more than can be said for most animals bred primarily for food.

Of course, there are terrible things done to animals to obtain cheap fur in China, before anyone feels the need to link to videos of dogs being skinned alive, but the Chinese don't treat their people terribly well either, so I boycott Chinese goods primarily for humanitarian, rather than animal welfare terms.

Most of my fur coats are coney/rabbit because mink is so expensive. My favourite coat is a 1920s fur coat which looks as good today as when it was made. This is another bonus to fur - it lasts a long time.

LEMisdisappointed Tue 06-Aug-13 14:22:17

Absolutely no - that was pretty brave of you to admit that bonsoir, i am sure there are far more practical ways to keep warm, ways that wont make you look like a twat.

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 06-Aug-13 14:23:06

Ooops cross post with Bonsoir

Thumbwitch Tue 06-Aug-13 14:23:15

No. Unless it's a by-product of meat or by people who live routinely in way subzero temps.
As a fashion statement, it sucks and should be banned.

Leather - I don't have an issue with.

noddyholder Tue 06-Aug-13 14:23:52

I love the look of some furs. there is definitely a resurgence in its popularity Has been for a few years. I was doing some work with someone who upcycles clothes and she had 2 student vegan types helping and we had a real fur hat which I thought they would really object to but they had no problem with it as it was very old. I went to an antique fair several years ago and there was a very old lady with a huge collection of furs. She spied me in the crowd as I have reddish hair and she said had same colouring to her as a young woman and she anted me to put them on for her to see. I was mortified but did and some of them were stunning and unbelievably glamorous Instant hollywood but just felt wrong

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 06-Aug-13 14:27:46

No. Never.

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 06-Aug-13 14:27:54

I think that's it Noddy. I've seen the odd fur in vintage shops and have been tempted as they are so glamorous. But it does just feel wrong.

However as more designers use fur and as worldgonecrazy mentioned, the way the animals are farmed is very different now, well perhaps in a few years it will seem more acceptable.

MrsLettuce Tue 06-Aug-13 14:28:06

i find it hard to argue against wearing vintage fur but new? Nah. I don't think so. Unless I was absolutely sure it was no less cruel than, say, a lasagne or chicken sandwich.

Trying2bMindful Tue 06-Aug-13 14:30:40

I would love to. A fur coat for a mountain trip is definitely on my wish list. Perhaps if I lose 4 stone I can inherit all those hung in my mother's wardrobe. Such a shame she no longer lives in a country with a proper winter. The poor coats hang forlornly having not been worn in a decade!

noddyholder Tue 06-Aug-13 14:30:41

The coats transformed my skinny jeans and boots to new heights grin

snowlie Tue 06-Aug-13 15:03:54

Most of the meat we eat on a daily basis has had a pretty shit life, at least an animal who had lived in the wild and been shot for their coat has had their freedom rather than growing up in a crowded barn. I do think this subject is overly emotive, why aren't people getting upset about caged birds and caged pigs, so many more of those poor animals have a shit life than a few cute and furrys who are killed for their beautiful pelts.

I don't wear real fur, but I think the feelings against it aren't purely about animal suffering.

Vibbe Tue 06-Aug-13 15:06:13

I wear real fur - I used to have a vintage mink coat, as well as some other vintage coats, and I have some different smaller items that aren't vintage.

I absolutely love fur, and comparing to other types of coats I have had, I've been most comfortable and warm in really cold winters in the fur coats.

I don't come from the UK, but instead I'm from a country where fur is accepted by more people.
I've never bought new fur really cheap, and I have been trying my best to research the companies (and where they get the fur from) before buying.

herethereandeverywhere Tue 06-Aug-13 15:07:35

Wot worldgonecrazy said ^

Panzee Tue 06-Aug-13 15:09:41

Fur is more popular because fashion students are given incentives by fur fashion companies to work with it.

sparkle12mar08 Tue 06-Aug-13 15:13:01

Is everyone who posted vegan then?

OneLittleLady Tue 06-Aug-13 15:14:37

I wouldn't have a problem wearing vintage fut but I don't know how I'd feel about wearing something modern. I've never really given it much though as fur is out of my budget anyway.

Thumbwitch Tue 06-Aug-13 15:20:57

IF people just stuck to farmed fur, it might be more ok - but they don't. And so hunting of species for their fur continues, and more species go extinct. Not worth it, IMO.

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