Saturday, March 24, 2018

News | The Weekly Edit 3.24.18

China's Fur Capital Touts Itself to World Even if Fur's Out at Versace and Other Leading Fashion Houses - South China Morning Post

Image via The Daily Top

  • The image above of bunnies is not from the linked article. Honestly I couldn't include pictures, as seemingly benign as they are, from an article which promotes the fur trade. You can see them when you read the article  
  • EDITOR'S NOTE:  In case you are scared to click through, the pictures in the article are not gory or illustrative in any way, shape, or form of the horrors of animal cruelty.
  • My Confession:  I think its known by now where I stand on fur. I hate it. I hate that I wear leather and I hate that I have a weakness for burgers even after spending 16 years of my life as a (mostly) vegetarian. I hated it when I would walk through of halls of Coach and see rooms and rails fur of leather skins. I used to count to myself how many dead animals each rack would amount to. I'm trying not to be preachy lest anyone call me a hypocrite. We human beings are complicated. I'm not trying to hide my own transgressions but for now, I can at least definitely, comfortably say no to fur. It's a step in the right direction.
  • So with all that out of the way let me sociologically make the case that fur represents everything the #MeToo and #TimesUp revolution is fighting against. To me, fur conjures up images of a 1950's housewife who receives a mink coat by her hard-working husband for being a dutiful housemaid. A fur coat was a symbol of status; an item imbued with a level of achievement and financial standing in a rising middle-class society. But note, women never bought the fur for themselves. It wasn't a symbol of HER hard work. It was a symbol her husband's. One could make the case that a fur coat then was more a symbol of oppression rather than one of reward. Too much of a reach? Maybe. I just hate fur.
  • Here's a list of fashion houses and retailers that have gone #FurFree.  Some have always been on the list, some recently joined:

  1. Armani
  2. Botega Venetta
  3. Calvin Klein
  4. Donna Karan - Just announced as I write this list. DK is now owned by G-III Apparel. As of now, this is the only brand in G-III's portfolio which has pledged to go Fur Free 
  5. Gucci *recently announced
  6. Hugo Boss
  7. Kate Spade
  8. Lacoste
  9. Michael Kors *recently announced
  10. Ralph Lauren
  11. Stella McCartney *also leather free
  12. Tommy Hilfiger
  13. Vivienne Westwood
  14. Versace *recently announced  
  1. Henri Bendel (which is owned by Limited Brands which owns VS)
  2. Lulemon
  3. Net-A-Porter
  4. Nike
  5. Patagonia *of course!
  6. The North Face
  7. Victoria's Secret
  8. Yoox 
  • Many vertical retailers and non-luxury brands such as ASOS, Gap, H&M, Top Shop, Urban Outfitters, and Zara have always been fur-free because of price restrictions.

San Francisco Becomes Largest US City to Ban Fur - The New York Times

Sorry Girls!  You'll have to find other ways to be fabulous.

Image from SAGA Furs Website
(have to give credit unfortunately)

  • Companion piece to the above which simply reports the news of this groundbreaking decision. It will be interesting to see if other cities follow suit.
  • If you still like the look of furry coats, check this video out from YouTube.  I've discussed the double-edge sword with faux fur and its effects on the environment but you have to go through the middle to get the end. Baby steps are better than no steps.


1 comment:

  1. Here's my feeling about furs/leather/etc:

    If we're going to eat an animal, the right thing to do is the use the whole animal.
    Obviously I'm never going to eat a fox, raccoon, mink... so I don't want anything to do with those furs.
    Meanwhile a lot of leather comes from the beef industry (because why spend more money to raise separate animals?) so I feel okay about that. I'm still trying to figure out if rabbit is the same - in theory, since we raise rabbits for food, we should be using *that* fur. While we're at it let's find a use for all those bones too.