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It used to be the case then when it came to fur in fashion, you would think of bulky coats and perhaps the occasional pair of daring earmuffs. Nowadays however, due to the continuing technical and creative innovation of fashion designers, fur is being made increasingly available in a variety of forms.   Of course, you wouldn’t have expected to see big fur pieces in the form of coats or jackets in the recent Spring Summer catwalks. But major brands continued to incorporate the material...
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With fake fur, comes fake claims: claims to sustainability, to ethical consumption, to environmental responsibility. These claims couldn’t be further from the truth, which is that real fur is the material that continues to be one of the most natural and sustainable materials in the fashion world. This is a truth to which the International Fur Federation fully commits, by promoting the healthy and green uses of fur throughout all aspects of the supply chain, and by continuously seeking new ways to improve the environmental...
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From animalistic animal rights activists to uninformed celebrity rhetoric, people might assume that the promotion of fur just involves fighting on the defensive. But this is not the case. In fact, the hundreds of years of craftsmanship that have made fur one of the most supreme materials today are not a thing of a past: we are still living in them now. The fur industry is passionate about inspiring the next generation to innovate and create with fur, as demonstrated by a range of initiatives...
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Lucy Watson made a name for herself by starring on the hit reality TV show Made in Chelsea. Now - years after leaving the show - she has re-taken a position in front of the camera lens, only this time, it’s for an animal rights group named Surge. Heard of them? Neither had we. With a mere eight thousand likes on their Facebook page, Surge claims to approach animal rights activism “through well-orchestrated demonstrations, outreach events, stunts, films and online campaigns with a focus on...
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Alexquisite is the creative brand and brainchild of Greek designer Alexandros Kotoulas. Alexquisite stands for superior quality, handmade leather goods and intelligent design that is tailor-made to the needs and tastes of a contemporary, mobile aesthete. The core principle of Alexquisite’s design ethos is soft design — a design language that blends together practicality and function with intuitive beauty and a playful involvement of all the senses.
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On Sep 2nd, 2017, the Chinese fur brand "LIU DU" collaborated with Danish designer Morten Ussing to launch a new collection named Return to true self. The event was held at the Peninsula Beijing Hotel, as an extraordinary landmark, it houses over 30 world famous luxury brands, such as Chanel, Versace, Bulgari, Dolce & Gabbana, and more. The Asian flagship store of LIU DU was also here. Many celebrities were present the event, including Ms. Tao Hong, the famous international actress. Morten Ussing, graduated from...
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And the sky was watching that superb cadaver Blossom like a flower. So frightful was the stench that you believed You'd faint away upon the grass. The blow-flies were buzzing round that putrid belly, From which came forth black battalions Of maggots, which oozed out like a heavy liquid All along those living tatters. — And yet you will be like this corruption, Like this horrible infection, Star of my eyes, sunlight of my being, You, my angel and my passion! Yes! thus will you...
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With sustainability and the demonstration of improving standards both increasingly a focus for the fur industry, it is more important than ever that those driving the agenda have a broad understanding of all levels of the value chain. It was in this context that representatives from IFF and Kopenhagen Fur spent a week this Summer visiting dressers and dyers across Cambodia, Vietnam & China. The delegation included, from Kopenhagen Fur Mr Jesper Uggerhøj (CEO), Mr Soren Valentin (COO) and Mr Thomas Andersen (Head of Dressing)...
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“Haute Couture is a mass of whispered secrets. Rare are those who have the privilege of passing them on”. – Yves Saint Laurent If there was going to be one show to close Paris Couture week, it was most certainly going to be Fendi’s Haute Furrore showpiece. One year after walking on water in Rome, Karl Lagerfeld returned to Paris with a high fur collection with wonderful garden tunes. The Italian brand’s collection paid tribute to nature and the world of flowers. Lagerfeld certainly didn’t...
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Summary of Designers Exhibiting at the 2017 HKFF. Click above to see the slideshow. (16 February - Hong Kong) The Hong Kong International Fur & Fashion Fair 16 to 18 February, an annual highlight on the fashion calendar, kicked off today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. An exceptionally all-rounded range of exhibits, ranging from raw materials to fur apparel and accessories were in the limelight. The total exhibition space reached 30,000 square metres to congregate over 210 local and overseas exhibitors from...
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Ninx Flanagan, Furrier and Owner Bewitched Ltd. Facebook: facebook.com/bewitched.couture Instagram: @bewitched_couture Online shop: www.bewitchedltd.com Location: Workshop and Show room in Wiltshire, West of London.   Hello Ninx: It’s a pleasure to interview you for We Are Fur. Hi, thank you for asking me. How did you get into the fur industry? I always loved fur and have fond memories of my parents going to dinner parties and taking my sister and I, when we were very little, in sleeping bags and laying us down with...
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Riccardo Tisci, exited the French fashion house Givenchy in January 2017 after a 12 year tenure in which he revitalised the brand after the 1995 retirement of founder Hubert de Givenchy .Tisci’s departure was revealed in an exclusive story covered by WWD. His last collections for Givenchy include fall men’s and spring couture exhibited at the National Library of France in Paris on Jan 20. Givenchy is coordinating the production of Tisci’s custom designs for a roster of celebs to appear at the Grammy Awards...
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by FELICITY ROBERTS originally posted on The Overcast - Newfloundland's Alternative Newspaper on December 22, 2016 Seals have been politicised for decades now. No matter where you stand on the hunt, there’s no debating the fact that the high profile campaigns of the 70s and 80s, by for-profit groups like Greenpeace and the IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare), did very serious damage to the industry, and with it, the families and communities that depend on it. It was during those times, with the United...
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Russian Fur Union (RFU) started to develop a new project on introducing 12-15 year old school students to the fur industry. On the 3rd of December 2016, RFU organised a lecture «Fur Rainbow» conducted by the teachers of Moscow State Veterinary Academy which prepare fur specialists. In a frame work of this lecture students were told about fur as ecological and versatile material that can be used in all seasons of the year. Teachers demonstrated big variety of different fur kinds and talked about their...
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Hong Kong – the world’s largest fur exporter and fur trade centre Hong Kong has long been known as one of the biggest garment exporters in the world, yet many may not realise that this cosmopolitan in South East Asia also claims the globe’s largest fur exporter and fur trading centre! With decades of experience and expertise in fur production and exports, Hong Kong furriers are today shipping their stylish fur accessories and apparel to different corners in the world, gracing the racks of reputable...
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Attention shoppers! Don't mind that violent extremist to your left threatening everyone in the store. The latest tactic from animal rights activists equates the use of coyote to dog fur. "STOP WEARING THAT DOG!" They scream. The protests started with the opening of the brick and mortar store in SoHo, New York City in November 2016. I saw footage online with activists inside the stores picketing sales of coats to customers. How illegal is that? Please don't harass me at the register. Canada Goose rightfully...
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The second issue of FrontRow Magazine is out for distribution Editor Carlotta Pellizzari introduces the Fall Winter 2016 edition with a quick summary. First, she mentions the collaboration between three luxury designers including Gianfranco Ferré Furs and NAFA that was exhibited at MiFur in Milan. She goes on to discuss the cover story about Fendi - the profile behind the brand, an interview with Pietro Beccari, Fendi CEO discussing the immensely successful show at the Trevi Fountain in Rome. NAFA's Vision 2020 is introduced as...
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A Message from Alice in Furs on the Canadian Blog Truth About Fur One of the arguments I hear over and over again is that fur is wrong because we are killing animals “for fashion”. Fur’s main purpose is not for fashion and I think it is time to set the record straight about why the majority of us wear fur. Defined as “A popular or the latest style of clothing, hair, decoration, or behavior” (Oxford Dictionary), fashion is constantly changing. When someone buys something...
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On November 10th 2016, the Russian Fur Union, with the support of the International Fur Federation (IFF) held the 3rd international young designers competition Eurasia REMIX at Palace Suzora in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The annual fashion contest was held in two stages. The first stage of the competition consisted of a jury determining the finalists by the designer’s sketches. Designer’s selected for the second round would then have their ready garments judged by a panel that consisted of: Sergey Stolbov - Chairman of the IFF-Eurasia...
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A master class on the use of modern technologies in the field of design and tailoring of fur products took place at the St. Petersburg State University of Industrial Design and Technology, Russia on the 10th November 2016.   Organised by the Russian Fur Union (RFU) and supported by the International Fur Federation (IFF), the master class was attended by students and professors of design institutes of St. Petersburg and other Russian cities, as well as representatives of companies involved in sewing fur products. More...
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Japanese won the Grand Prix Asia Remix 2016 —Asia Young Designer Fur Design Competition International Fur Federation, “IFF”, held the “Asia Remix 2016” for the first time in Tokyo, Japan on October 31st, 2016 with the aim of supporting up-and-coming Asian designers and promoting the development of fur designs, techniques and newest fur trend with the support of the Japan Fur Association. Including Mr. Johannes Manakas (Global Chairman of International Fur Federation), Mr. Thomas Wong (Asia Chairman of IFF), Ms. Kelly Xu (IFF Asia CEO),...
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WelFur is a new scheme developed to ensure animal welfare is a priority before fur pelts reach the auction houses. The program is entirely voluntary, although the auction houses will not sell furs that are not WelFur certified from 2020 onward. The scientist Jens Malmkvist from Aarhus University in Denmark is one of the scientists developing the new standards in fur farming. The scientists and veterinarians involved in the process are non-biased and unpaid from the fur farms. They are sponsored through the governments. "It...
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FENDI and Saga Furs in support of young talents for the magic of fur Aiming at inspiring design students with the magic of fur as well as conveying the traditional fur skill and craft to the next generation, FENDI and Saga Furs have developed a unique internship experience for young talents to showcase their flair of creativity in fur design. Two leading design schools, London College of Fashion (LCF) in London and Accademia Costume & Moda (ACM) in Rome, were chosen as the hosts for...
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On the 27th of June 2016, the China Fur Commission of the China Leather Industry Association (otherwise known as CLIA, an IFF member) held a press conference in Beijing to announce the updated standards for farming of fur-bearing animals. There was some media in attendance but further to this, the related press release was distributed to 23 major news portals (e.g. China Daily, Xinhua etc.).The original press release can be seen here in Chinese (HTTP://WWW.CHINALEATHER.ORG/NEWS/20160627/288754.SHTML). The original guidelines were released in 2005 and the updated...
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There is a new ‘face’ in town this Fall Winter 2016, thanks to Fendi. The brand that brought us the quirky and coveted bag bugs has something new and cute to join your bag collection.The new ‘faces’ collection (Inspired by the millennia generation emojis and emoticons) cleverly uses hardware to create different face motifs on their new colour block bag designs. Complimented by bold colours, they achieve a very graphic appeal and most importantly, looking exceptionally Instagram friendly. And since kitschy is the hot trend now, the more...
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Alexandre Vauthier Starting as an assistant for Thierry Mugler Couture, Alexandre Vauthier later moved on to Jean Paul Gaultier as head designer for eight years. In 2009, he had his first fashion show in Paris. Since then, Christian Louboutin has designed the shoes for his shows. From 2011 to 2014 Vauthier was a guest member of the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture. Since December 2014 he is an official member enabling his fashion house to use the term “haute couture.” Alexandre Vauthier takes camouflage...
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Haute Couture Fur Francesco Scognamiglio “I knew it was my dream since the beginning,” -said Francesco Scognamiglio of his invitation from the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to be a guest member and open the Haute Couture week in the Ville Lumière. He illustrates further how his dream began as a 19 year old tailor in Naples transcending him into a present year full of gold thread hand-embroidered rococo, luxury black minks and stoles, and of course naturally strikingly women in beautiful hotels. Francesco...
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MiFur Milan is an annual trade show consisting of 87 Italian exhibitors, 75 foreign exhibitors presenting in four thematic areas while holding a special area for international buyers across the entire supply chain. Buyers came from countries including Russia, Korea, Eastern Europe, Korea, China, America and Europe. The event was held this year on March 2-5, 2016 and is scheduled for February 24-27 2017. The design trend at MiFur leaned toward cashmere, nylon and down fabrics mixed with quality Sable, Lynx, and sheared fur. Fur...
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Men's Fur SS17 PARIS Y/Project Y/Project was a catwalk journey back to the 90s. Glenn Marten mixed tuxedos, track pants, denim and flowers in pastel colours with a trip to dub reggae and jammin’ tunes. There was also an unexpected use of materials creating innovative and multi-cultural silhouettes; both tough and dreamy with a touch of cow skin jackets. Louis Vuitton Gentlemen travellers walked down Louis Vuitton catwalk. Maybe fetishist ones, I ought to say, as plenty of them worn leather chokers and padlock necklaces...
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How beautiful maleness is, if it finds its right expression. -D.H. Lawrence LONDON FASHION WEEK The Agi & Sam collection was based on Sam’s personal experiences that proved how man and woman roles have changed throughout the years. Sam’s father was bitten by a cow, got tetanus and was forced to stay home as a house husband. Sam’s mother then went on to work trading roles. A visual version of I Want To Break Free from Freddie Mercury could be the best way of describing...
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She’s cold.    She’s gorgeous.    She’s laying on a glacier.She kicks up her heels, makes eye contact with the camera, and snuggles inside Fendi fur. Her coat is a blend of cool blue and black stripes as well as spots to break up the pattern. It’s a bit shaggy—especially at the top around the collar and nearer to the sleeves. The coat also fits toward the waist showing off her trim waistline. It’s more oversized toward the chest giving her lots of cuddle room. The white...
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Thanks to a panel of judges, the finalists for Asia REMIX 2016 have been announced. The designers that gained the top 10 scores have been invited to compete for the women's wear category at the final event in Asia REMIX 2016 in Tokyo, Japan on 31st October, 2016. The 10 finalists are as follows (In alphabetical order): Yuki Ando (Japan) Ryu Kaga (Japan) Chie Kato (Japan) Eunjin Lee (Korea) Hanju Lee (Korea) Seungeung Lee (Korea) Cho Po (Hong Kong) Hiroshi Suzuki (Japan) Li Xuan Xuan...
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  Legends and Fairy Tales—a runway show straight out of a storybook. The recently refurbished Fellini-esque Trevi fountain was a majestic host for the magic of Fendi Fur. Karl Lagerfeld introduced folklore into his patternmaking. This approach was based on the work of Danish storybook illustrator Kay Nielsen. More specifically Karl chose East of the Sun and West of the Moon created in 1914 by folklorists Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe. The fairytale was based on stories they encountered in their conversations on...
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Kopenhagen Fur Sneakers The furrier has collaborated on some successfully selling sneakers in the past. In London Graduate Fashion week, they exhibited their most daring creation as of yet. Kopenhagen Fur has teamed up with Lenovo and the China Academy of Art to produce a highly sophisticated pair of sneakers. The first of it’s kind, pairs high quality fur for excellent comfort with the technology to monitor your health. They are capable of counting steps, reporting data into a cloud through a unique app, as...
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Sally La Pointe: We continue our review of the recent Resort 2017 shows with Sally La Pointe's show at her Chinatown studio. While we appreciate the trend in collections presentations that is moving towards the buy now-wear now fashion model, we also appreciate season-less dressing altogether. Today’s modern woman has one closet and it rotates around the clock, around the year, and cycles in a few trend pieces to keep it fresh. What Sally LaPointe does so well is to create timeless pieces with mix...
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Our Fur Asia workshops are coming to a close today after a fun week lectured by two designers who were former fur futures members. Coen Carsten and Ernesto Hinojosa Ruiz both discussed current fur trends in the fashion industry to students of the Asia region. Coen Carstens Independent designer based in Amsterdam creates unique techniques in fur for brands including Versace and Viktor & Rolf. His work includes use of knit and pattern stitching to create a lighter feel with a stretchable form so as...
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With all of the big-name brands getting their cruise shows underway, we’d be remiss not to start trend forecasting and give our readers the lowdown on which styles to start seeking for the ultimate resort wardrobe. So, what’s on the docket for this year’s summer trends, as told by the most influential names in the fashion industry? We take a look at our favourite Resort 2017 shows over the last few weeks. Louis Vuitton: There was only one place to start and that was in...
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It’s Fur Asia right now as we are hosting lectures across Seoul, Tokyo, Nanjing, and Hong Kong. The purpose of our lectures is to discuss opportunities with Fur Futures as well as types of fur as presented by Kopenhagen Furs, Saga Fur and North American Fur Association. We also recruit hundreds of new Fur Futures members for next year as well as catch up with those from the past. First stop was Tokyo where IFF gave a lecture, did some sightseeing and met the regional...
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Interested in a Career Working With Fur? The International Fur Federation is sponsoring applicants from outside Europe interested in the Fur Summer School 2016. The event, which is run by Fur Europe, takes place in Kastoria and Siatista, Greece from 23rd of August to 1st of September 2016. The course aims to foster relationships in the fur sector across the value chain. Fur Europe will select a mix of twenty-five designers, furriers, entrepreneurs and qualified applicants with an interest in fur. IFF will pay for...
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Students from Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan had the opportunity to visit a furrier workshop in Istanbul, Turkey. This Eurasia furrier workshop in Istanbul was held from 16-27 May. During these 2 weeks students from Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan had a wonderful opportunity to study fur with professionals at modern manufactories. Educational process included basic furrier skill training, fur grading, cutting, sewing and the use of modern technologies in designing and tailoring fur and leather garments. Every day from 10am to 5pm students mastered...
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Due in Mid June, Fendi’s publication of Roma traces its origins as a small furrier and boutique in Rome to an international luxury fur frontrunner. Fendi’s roots trace back to 1925 from founder Edoardo and Adele Fendi continuing in operation as a family business for over 90 years. Silvia Venturini Fendi, current third generation creative director of accessories and menswear, says, “We are nearly ninety, we are very traditional, but we have a great sense of humor.” Since 1965, Karl Lagerfeld has been creative director...
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Jarret, a rising Korean label incorporates an asymmetric relationship between professionalism and the arts. Ji Youn Lee's cuts are contemporary with ragged edge stitches, sleeves that are longer than the arm, and furs bulging over slim figured models. Lee’s use of fur is simple almost as an accessory to the garment. In many looks for both New York and Seoul F/W 2016 fur is either used as patchwork, as misshaped sleeves, or in oversized stoles. North American Fur Auction published an article about their work...
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This year Alfredo presents the Fall/Winter 2016-2017 collection using fur throughout his designs. He accessorises many dresses with fur stoles as well as incorporating mink into midi dresses. He shows an absolutely over the top shaggy gold fur coat. Alfredo Martinez Fall/Winter is formal, for a woman who takes charge. She wears platform patent leather boots and high heels. She likes dark solid colours especially black, navy blue, cherry, and gold for her dresses as worn separately or in combinations within thick horizontal stripes. His...
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This year Shanghai fashion Week awarded Kopenhagen Fur with the best show for their use of traditional Viking regalia. The show was inspired by the heritage of the designer Jim Lyngvild who traced his roots to Vikings. Complete with swordfights, goblets of wine and a dinner fit for kings, the gladiator models wore gorgeous Nordic furs embellished with skull pendants, gold chains, gauntlets and jewelled crowns. Kopenhagen Fur and Jim Lyngvild paired up for the great event in April 2016. Shanghai Fashion Week is sponsored...
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It’s summer, the weather is warm and fur accents add chic to any girl’s closet. Contrasting patterns, fur pom-poms and a pinch of an era long gone have made Fendi’s Resort collection something to talk about. A bohemian flavour palette creates a down to earth naturalness that just can’t be missed. Karl Lagerfield’s uses of ocean and aegean blue minks in a light throw over jacket are perfect for a summer evening out. Fendi decorates a shorter cut denim style jacket with long collar in...
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Jonathon Akeroyd is departing from Mcqueen – where he worked for 12 years, was revealed earlier this month when it was announced that he would be succeeded by Emmanuel Gintzburger, former retail and wholesale director at Yves Saint Laurent. “Jonathan brings a proven track record in building global brands, steering growth and driving strategic development. Jonathan Akeroyd’s industry expertise and vision will be key to advancing the next phase of Versace’s development,” said Donatella Versace, vice president and artistic director of Versace, in a statement....
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With summer finally about to settle in, the transition of changing your wardrobe from winter clothes to garments that compliment can be a tricky period. Fashion mainly focuses on traditional ‘light’ fabrics such as cotton linen and silk. While you might expect to see fur predominately in autumn/winter collections, spring/summer catwalks have shown an increasing number of fur designs that can be worn in milder temperatures. Designers who have shown warm-weather, friendly fur trends include the likes of Christian Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Maison Margiela...
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Phillip Plein Fur His brazen attitude is reflected on the runway. Is it possible to be brash, somewhat taboo, a bit explicit and somewhat classy all at once? Philipp Plein’s brand goes over the top with some of the latest jackets available for pre-order priced around €87,000. Rumours are that he’s not rich despite the Lamborghini Aventador, the Rolls-Royce Wraith and residences in Cannes, Lugano, and Manhattan. His doctor father gave him a €10,000 loan to build a simple interior design piece betwixt luxury product....
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The inaugural Fur Futures Americas programme was held in Toronto April 6 – 7th to coincide with the NAFA auction.  Eight young people, interested in pursuing a career in fur, were invited for a two day educational themed meetings on all aspects of the fur trade.  As a part of the event, the young people had an opportunity to learn about mink farming by visiting a Toronto-area farm that is internationally revered for its high standards and  for producing high quality pelts. Following the tour, there...
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Fashion Designer Restructuring With the Fall shows completed, the Designer shuffle has begun. Fashion labels seek to refresh their brands with new visions and designers pursue new avenues to flex their creative muscles. Who is moving where and when and what does it all mean? Lanvin: Alber Ebaz - OUT; Bouchra Jarrar - IN For 14 years, Alber Ebaz has brought elegance and sophistication to Lanvin, yet from last October, Ebaz was driven out from the label. A bigger surprise after this news was that...
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Fur Accessories With the blur of AW 2016’s RTW fashion week a distant memory, we can now focus our heads towards Spring and Summer. As we navigate that transition, it is important that we keep our multi-seasonal style on track to sophistication and this year it is all about the accessory. It is the finishing touches that complete an outfit. We will break down the looks to make the minor details the most effective of your outfit. The Original: First of all, you can never...
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Fendi's 90th Birthday The Italian luxury brand Fendi will celebrate its 90th anniversary this year with a fur-heavy Haute Couture show in Rome on July 7th. According to WWD, the house said that this is "the best way to celebrate Fendi's 90-year anniversary, as it expresses our roots and DNA while transmitting daring, creativity and craftsmanship in furs." However, this is not the first time Karl Lagerfeld, the Fendi Creative Director has staged an Haute Couture 'fourrure' show though. The brand celebrated Lagerfeld's 50th anniversary as...
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Yuko Koike for LVMH Prize The LVMH Prize has announced the 23 semifinalists in the running for its 2016. Spanning countries and ethnicities, this year is the prize's most diverse selection yet. One of those shortlisted for the prize which consists of a judging panel that includes Karl Lagerfeld is former REMIX finalist Yuko Koike. Yuko, who is shortlisted with her self titled brand 'Koike' has been shortlisted from over 1,000 applications and is in contention to making it to the final 8 where she...
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Fur Shoes The right footwear can make or break any outfit. There are so many questions that rush through your head without a definitive answer like how do you dress up a casual look? How do you safely add colour and prints to a monochromatic look? Questions such as these and so many other reasons gives the impression that shoes are the foundation of any style. In some instances they are the beginning and the ending of a look. The recent AW 16 runways certainly...
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Gucci Ad Campaign While Alessandro Michele’s printed suits and gowns were certainly a highlight of Gucci’s spring 2016 campaign, the ad’s most delightful element was easily the peacocks he hired to commingle with the models.  With a new campaign season rolling around, you might wonder how Michele could possibly top that, or at least evolve it. Well, the answer to this was obviously to include fashion flamingos. For its pre-fall ads, Gucci wrangled a flock of the birds around its scene that was presenting its...
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Fur Fashion Fur and shearling made their mark across all four leading AW16 fashion weeks, with an estimated 70% of collections featuring the natural material overall. Considering that fur was also hugely prominent during the menswear AW16 collections earlier in the year, it is clear that both designers and consumers are enjoying using and wearing natural materials in greater numbers. From the eye-catching coats of BCBGMAXAZRIA and Michael Kors, to the subtle craftsmanship from Carolina Herrera, New York Fashion Week saw 91 of 156 designers...
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Fur Street Style Trendsetters around the globe seem to be embracing fur on the streets. From fluffy fur coats in a rainbow of colours to fur stoles in a variety of styles to the more simple fur collars on coats and jackets, street style is beaming with diversity. Fur coats and jackets are being teamed up with jeans, skirts and dresses - versatility at its best, you’re not limited in any way when you opt for furry outwear. In fact statement outerwear is a trend you...
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Paris Fur Fashion As Paris Fashion Week kicks off we take a look at some of the collections and pick out a few of our favourites. It seems fur is being used in a variety of ways, adding grace, glamour and fun to a number of garments. Anne Sofie Madsen The Anne Sofie Madsen collection portrayed a woman that is streetwise and ladylike, boyish and feminine all at the same time. Stemming from designs that spanned between fanciful fun and a thoughtful intricacy. Rochas The Rochas collection...
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Fur: Milan Fashion Week As Milan Fashion Week comes to an end, we have a round up of some of our favourite designs. Collections varied from military themes to urban themes and to the more elegant and classy. Milan has showed us some great garments, a lot of which used fur in innovative ways. Ermanno Scervino The Ermanno Scervino collection took a new turn this year with its masculine elements, resulting in a modern and sleek feel. Military style coats were embellished with fur and colour...
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Fendi Fur Milan Fashion Week The Fendi show on day 2 of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2016 opened with Kendall Jenner in a fit and flare style coat, embellished with colourful fur. Featuring ¾ sleeves, allowing a peek of the embellished ensemble beneath. A Fendi fur filled occasion it was as Fendi did not disappoint on the creativity front. We saw sophistication and quirkiness all in one collection. The collection made great use of ruffles and waves. From thigh-high boots with ruffles decorating the top...
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Milan Fashion Week Fall 2016 As Milan fashion week kicks off we take a look at some of the collections and pick out a few of our favourites for you to check out and yes designers are using fur! Designers using Fur in their Collections Roberto Cavalli The Roberto Cavalli collection portrayed the 70s style and embraced the ‘’more is more’’ attitude. With what came across as a bohemian and Pagan inspiration the collection was a piece of art. Embellished denim, long scarves and flared...
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Gucci Fur Gucci certainly like to put on a show, even before the first model walked out there was already drama. Prior to the event on the day, phones were buzzing endlessly with e-mails confirming that the show will be running at least an hour late. We presume that this was due to an important power luncheon that consisted of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Milanese Mayor Giuliano Pisapia running over. The irony of the meeting was supposedly done to kick off Milan fashion...
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Fur in London Fashion Week The last few days of London Fashion Week showed us an array of designs, varying from the more sophisticated to the more playful. Designers have incorporated fur into their collections, using different techniques and materials to create exciting pieces. AF Vandervorst The AF Vandervorst collection is one that never fails to surprise and this year they presented one of the most unpredictable and quirky designs on the catwalk. The use of edgy accessories and the eccentric portrayal of the models...
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Fashion Week 2016 London fashion week brings with it that "anything can happen" ambiance. The first three days have already shown us impeccable levels of creativity and precision. Fur has been used in a number of innovative ways in many collections and below are some of our favourites from the past few days. Eudon Choi Eudon Choi’s collection portrayed perfect silhouettes, from ankle slit trousers to blouses. Choi’s use of footwear for his collection was particularly distinctive, models were donning carmel coloured shoes with fur...
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Days 5, 6 and 7 of New York Fashion week 2016 brought a sense of allure, grace and fun to the catwalk. Looks ranged from prim and polite to bold and dramatic. Fur was the perfect ally on the runway as its rich texture and visual appeal gave designers the perfect artistic medium to sharpen their message. Carolina Herrera Carolina Herrera's collection was an array of fragile fabrics in soft colours, making the garments even more admired. Her designs had an otherworldly eminence that almost made...
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"I have just arrived back home from my seventh trip to China in the last few years and the place is still something of a mystery to me: meeting officials last week, they told me we could now speak openly with each other as it was our sixth meeting," —said Mark Oaten in CEO Talks for the International Fur Federation. The cultural part of doing business in China is something you never get taught but have to learn the hard way. For example, I now...
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Each year New York Fashion Week falls over Valentine’s Day and as the day to celebrate love, it makes perfect sense to honour fashion. On days 3 and 4 of New York Fashion Week 2016 we saw designers being more experimental and innovative with fur.  More chances were taken with juxtapositions of materials, there was an integration of bold and surprising embellishments and different fur types were mixed to create interesting textures. Here are some of our favourite designers that were innovative with fur over the...
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New York Fashion Week, or NYFW Fall 2016- Winter 2017 as it’s now affectionately referred to, kicked off amidst in-depth conversations about the future of the fashion show concept.  The impact of social media and the rise of fast fashion have changed consumer attitudes and many in the industry are questioning the value of the traditional runway show.  The presentations this week have been watched closely, as much for the fashions on display as for the reactions and responses from the buyers, editors and other...
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15 designers of the Accademia Costume & Moda competed in the Talents 2016 Fashion Show at Via dello Scalo San Lorenzo on Saturday 30th January. The Talents 2016 candidates had been selected as early as last July with candidates creating womenswear, menswear and accessory collections. A jury panel of 13 evaluated the 15 collections and decided that first place would go to Ilaria Fiore for her collection ‘Magda’. Fiore was also presented with a Special Mentions Accessories Award. On the occasion of the second edition of...
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Copenhagen Fashion Week 2016 was full of exciting new looks. With varying colours, materials, styling and textures the catwalk was vibrant and diverse. Designers portrayed an array of fur garments within their collections. From coats to stoles to gilets, fur was evidently present in a number of collections. Birger Christensen Malene Birger Maikel Tawadros Jesper Hovring Freya Dalsjoe
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Gucci’s fur-lined loafers first appeared on the runway a year ago and it seems they are continuing the momentum with the fall ’16 collection, in fact the loafers seem to have become a street style favourite. The shoes come in both a loafer and slide style. Not only does the fur detail keep you warm but it also adds to the quirkiness of the designs, which vary from pairs done in plaid to others that feature floral brocade. To read and see more please click here
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The International Fur Federation had the pleasure of granting a fur bursary for Diana Agaian to partake in an internship in Ukraine to continue her progress in working with fur. Diana Agaian describes how Fur Futures bursary has helped her gain traction in the field of design. My name is Diana Agaian and I am a fashion designer working in Kyiv, Ukraine. I started creating collections immediately after my graduation from the Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design. I started off working with basic...
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The International Fur Federation held a Christmas campaign competition for Fur Futures members at the end of 2015 with a trip to Milan as the prize. Christina Liana from Greece won the competition and expressed to us her excitement "I am overwhelmed and astonished with this brilliant news." Christina Liana carries knowledge in both the scientific and design sector of fur. She comes from a family who have been in the fur Industry since 1920. As well as having her own fur accessories collection Christina...
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Men's Fur Trends 2016 CEO Mark Oaten speaks of Men's fur trends 2016; "Admittedly the more whimsical animal prints and full fur garments might raise a few eyebrows, but all in all, more and more men are comfortable wearing fur, and it's a trend you can't ignore.” With an estimated 63% of designers incorporating fur into their AW16/17 menswear collections, it is clear that fur is the big trend for 2016. The designers embraced this trend and successfully portrayed that fur is not only for...
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The Hong Kong Fur Federation (HKFF) presented its annual Fur Design competition presenting the opportunity for young, talented designers to get a first glimpse on what the future may hold for them in the fashion industry. A huge total of 486 submissions were made for the competition, yet the list had to be reduced to just 30 entries to compete for several honours including the “Best Sketch Award” and the “Commercial Award”. The influx of entries has certainly supported the increase in popularity for both...
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Fur in Menswear Amongst a number of trends this season, fur is shining through. Amongst an array of trends selected by Vogue Italy from the 16/17 pre collections, Fur was described as the ‘real star of the season’! Fur in menswear has been trending on the catwalk and is being used in a number of ways. From small patches to full fledged fur coats, the fashion trend seems to be increasing and becoming more and more popular. Below are some images that we have captured...
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Here's some ideas buying fur this Christmas With all your presents unwrapped and Christmas in full swing, no doubt you’ll be thinking of all those great sales across the internet. We’ve all been there, browsing for hours looking for the perfect items, only to receive them in the post and find they don’t fit right or don’t look quite right when you’ve got them on. That inevitably means you play safe next time round, buying the exact same clothes you’re wearing in a slightly different...
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It's a fur fashion statement this year, with most major fur brands focusing on their colourful highlights and small accessories. The media & press picked up on what they called fur resurgence, but ultimately data shows, fur has continued to be popular despite the economic climates and has still found way to reinvent the concept of the classic brown fur coat. Although fur stoles, pompoms and accessories ‘stole’ the show, the fur coat was still highlighting its distinct place within fashion. The revival of the...
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"Every Christmas we're inundated with images of smiling polar bears and Santa and his elves happily putting toys together in his workshop in the Arctic Circle. But these images distract from the truth about the Arctic: it's an incredibly tough environment to actually live in, even more so when unnecessary trade barriers are put up by the uninformed and urbanised elite," said Mark Oaten. Seals are a classic example. Back in the 1970s, Greenpeace all but ended the international trade in sealskin - and as...
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Fur Europe and the Hellenic Fur Federation, along with sponsors Saga furs, Kopenhagen Fur, and Wanger Chinchilla, joined forces to create the Fur Summer School from Thursday 27th August until Saturday 5th September 2015. A small group of young animal technicians, furriers, designers, farmers, and others gathered in Kastoria for the first half of the fur summer school and then travelled to Siatista for the second part of the camp. Throughout those days the group were introduced to many key elements of the fur industry,...
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With the AW15 season catwalks being awash with autumnal hues of oranges, maroons, emerald and olive greens and a base of chocolate browns – one wonders what the best way could be to filter this revamped mid 1970’s colour spectrum into our every day outfits. For those of us, and perhaps the majority, that tend to sway against versatile blacks and greys for the colder times of the year - this new mood could potentially become a bit of a sartorial challenge presenting the anecdotal fur stole....
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In its 2014 Sustainability Report, fashion brand Hugo Boss said that it was planning to stop using farmed fur in its collections from Autumn/Winter 2016 onwards. According to Bernd Keller at the company, its sustainable corporate strategy should take precedence over the “fast and simple route to success”. Like many companies, it has realised that global consumers are demanding a more sustainable approach to business. I completely agree that sustainability should take precedence over short-term corporate goals and applaud Hugo Boss for thinking that way,...
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The Haute Couture 2015 shows did not disappoint the awaiting fashion crowds; from Elie Saab’s princess-worthy ball gowns, to Karl Lagerfeld’s two history-making shows – a celebrity endorsed casino scenario for Chanel and a full fur celebratory show for 50 years with Fendi. We rounded up all the trends as seen on the couture catwalk… Fur Florals for spring As ever, florals made a welcome addition to the trends at Haute Couture. From Christian Dior’s pointillist prints, to Versace’s floral crowns and the statement shoulder-length...
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The fashion world turned their eyes to the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris last night for the long-awaited Karl Lagerfeld 50th anniversary show. When Karl announced he’d be doing a celebration of fur for the Fendi Haute Couture collection, which he dubbed “Fendi Haute Fourrure”, the fashion media went crazy with speculation at what his creations would entail, and the show did not disappoint. The overriding theme in last night’s Fendi Haute Fourrure catwalk was craftsmanship. While most of the furs used were very neutral...
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In cooperation with Hellenic Fur Federation, Fur Europe is testing a pilot project named Fur Creativity Summer School that will take place from 27 August to 4 September in the towns Kastoria and Siatista, Greece. This pilot project, bringing young people from the entire fur value chain together, aims not only at promoting youth participation and involvement in the fur sector but also at identifying and empowering entrepreneurship for young people in Europe. Via this pilot, Fur Europe will test a new concept of a...
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Danish designer Astrid Andersen is a rising star on the international fashion scene. Combining American inspired athletic and street wear with floral print, pink lace and fur she manages to create a street look that is new, provocative and fun meanwhile being luxurious. Astrid Andersen holds a MA in menswear from the prestigious Royal College of Art, where she finished in 2010, and a BA from Teko in Denmark. In 2010, she was nominated in VOGUE Talent 2010 as well as being a finalist in ITS...
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Valerie Zimbal- most people in the fur industry would recognise Valerie name and associate her with Zimbal Minkery, a family operated mink farm that raises approximately 300,000 mink per year. Valerie Zimbal- most people in the fur industry would recognise Valerie name and associate her with Zimbal Minkery, a family operated mink farm that raises approximately 300,000 mink per year. But now, Valerie is making a name for herself with her mink designs. “I really like to ‘people watch’. Whenever I travel to new places,...
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Christian Helmer Petersen is one of the most exciting young designers to emerge from Denmark in recent years. "In my present position as a freelance designer, my collections always depend on the company I am making the collection for and who their costumers are. An important thing for me is to always be aware of my surroundings and I spend a lot time on blogs, to see what is happening around the world. Fairs like Premier Vision in Paris are also very important in my search...
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Kelli Mcguinness is a BA Fashion Design graduate and womenswear designer specialising in knitwear mixed with a diverse use of woven fabrics. She is innovating ways of layering various techniques of textiles and experimenting with the use of colour and form. “My key style influences come from a variety of places,” says Kelli. “I enjoy people who are unique and express themselves through their style. I love layering and clashing colours, prints and textures, creating an aesthetically stimulating visual through your style. The person who...
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Sophie Skach is a London based Viennese fashion designer who, despite her youth, has already gained international credit for her talent. “My approach to fashion comes through drawing, so I suppose my first style moment was when I started drawing at the age of one. Since then, I naturally grew to love fashion and am dedicated to it.” At the age of 16, Sophie was commissioned to design an underwear collection for Skiny. Since then she has held internship positions at Swarovski as well as Geiger and developed knitwear collections...
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Lucy Upsher is a young designer and Fur Futures member who graduated from the University of Westminster in London with a BA(Hons) in Fashion Design. During her studies, she interned at Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane, Katie Eary, Jonathan Saunders and Louis Goldin and has most recently worked in a Junior Designer role at Roberto Cavalli in the Womenswear Print department. She says "My first ‘style-moment’ would have been around the Spice Girl era; most aspects of my life took inspiration from them at the time. At...
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Rebecca Hermes recently graduated from the University of Westminster’s BA Fashion Design course with a fur-orientated collection inspired by Lindsay Lohan and her time at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in LA.  "I also take inspiration from the work of Helmut Newton and Tom Ford, and the ‘90’s Supers’ like Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista and Kate Moss," said Rebecca. Rebecca Hermes previously worked at London furrier Hockley, learning how to use and work with skins. She has also spent time at Swiss...
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Kelli McGuinness is a knitwear designer and Fur Futures member from the UK, who has a strong interest in fur. Here, she tells us all about her trip to Saga Furs' Design Centre in Copenhagen. As a young designer I am always looking for new inspiration and ways of developing and building on my skills. After visiting the Saga Furs exhibition stand at MIFUR last year, I was blown away by the creativity and diversity of their design samples. The bright colours and intricate techniques...
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Kelli McGuinness, Fur Futures member reports on her experience at the Fur MasterClass Supreme workshop at Centria University in Finland. I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Masterclass Supreme Fur workshop at Centria University in Finland as a young designer with a special interest in fur and leather. This course is an intense 3-day workshop aimed to expand the minds of creatives into expressing their individuality through working with diverse and challenging fabrics. On the first day of the Fur MasterClass Supreme...
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Fashion Blogger Stella writes her blog from the heart of New York.  "My first fashion memory was when I was 5 and I thought it would be fun to entertain my mom and her friends who were over for lunch with a fabulous fashion show, featuring me the model, stylist, and fashion show producer. It is no wonder that I grew up to be a fashionista," she explains.  She also writes for various online magazines and is a PR / Marketing / Events Director who...
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Italian Fashion Designer, Samantha De Reviziis turned her passion for fur into a successful second career as a professional blogger with ‘We Love Fur’. As ‘Lady Fur’, Samantha is the first independent fur blogger on the web and is involved in a number of on and offline fashion projects and collaborations with online magazines. She says "My key influences are the materials, sensations, colours, and all kind of forms and structures. I also draw my inspiration from people: what people are wearing, for example: vintage,...
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An Italian engineer with a passion for fashion? Miriam Stella is just that! Pursuing her profession as an engineer during the day, Miriam turns into a professional fashion blogger at night. "My first style moment was when I saw my mother applying her makeup and getting dressed before leaving. The way she chose her clothes and shoes she was wearing – my mother she was my first fashion inspiration! However, I think things like personal style are within our DNA."  I love aristocratic and ‘bon...
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The fur industry is regularly accused of skinning animals alive The most recent attack came this weekend online in the Daily Mail - a widely read publication both in the UK and globally. This time I have decided enough is enough and that now is the time to set the record straight. Here is my pledge to the industry and to consumers of fur to whom we have a duty of care: Some people claim that the fur industry is skinning animals alive. Let me be...
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I spotted a great article in the FT recently written by Gillian Tett, discussing the moral dilemma she faced when left a fur coat that had once belonged to her mother. After wresting with her conscience and considering a range of issues including the hypocrisy in a society that attacks the fur industry but is happy to “wear leather, eat factory-farmed meat or buy most types of fast fashion,” Gillian eventually decided that wearing her mother’s coat was “an ecologically positive act.” In response, the FT...
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After a three-month selection process involving 44 delegations worldwide, a shortlist of 12 designers will be invited to the Pelota in Milan for the REMIX 2015 grand finale on 4th March where the final judging will take place based on a runway presentation. Each designer will show three looks that include fur garments and accessories as well as other non-fur items so that fur is seen in a holistic, natural context. Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief at Vogue Italia will act as president of the jury. Serving on...
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