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British legacy designer Zandra Rhodes, an independent brand and spirit, has used her unique patterns and designs to stay relevant for the last 50 years in fashion. Her most famous designs fill an exhibition at the iconic Fashion and Textiles Museum in central London. Visiting the exhibition on a gloomy December morning, I am greeted first by a memorial sized portrait of Zandra with her signature illuminating pink bob, and a collection of intricate garments that nestle to the right of it – a welcome...
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For the first time EVER, hear the Fur Guru narrate their stories on Fur Talks. How celebrities that pose as defenders of animal’s rights, own or represent brands that use animal-deriving ingredients, begging the question: do these celebrities reflect a public mood? Or are they cashing in at the expense of an entire industry?
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The countdown to 2020 is well and truly on, which can only mean one thing… we’ve rounded up all of the finest, and furry-est New Year’s Eve outfits taking inspiration from celebrities to help you choose the right outfit, whether you’re celebrating with a quiet night in, or painting the town red, we’ve got your back. The mantra for this NYE outfit guide? Go fur or go home. Editor-in-chief of teen Vogue, Lindsay Peoples Wagner. There’s no denying that the infamous Saks Potts fur coat...
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With Christmas only a couple of weeks away, we wanted to give you the ultimate sustainable gift guide with the latest fur must-haves under your tree. Ranging from a plush YSL mink fur coat to a pair of Off-White Furry Zip tie pumps, you’ll be sure to find something for the festive season here. Fendi – Black leather sabots. Fendi is the brand which always keeps on giving. These leather and fur sabots are the perfect mix of texture and style for a refined yet...
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is used in almost every industry in the world, from healthcare and Education to Public Relations and Marketing, so it was only a matter of time until AI became an integral component of the fashion industry too. A study conducted by the Capgemini Research Institute found 28% of retailers (almost one-third) were using AI, a significant increase from 17 percent in 2017, and 4% in 2016. Capgemini then predicted that AI could save retailers as much as three hundred billion dollars in...
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It is widely published when celebrities, as well as non-celebrities, hit-back against animal activists who have bullied or been pugnacious towards them over their choice to consume animal-based products – whether that’s eating meat, wearing natural materials, or using cosmetics containing animal products. Freedom of choice, as defined by Longman, is: the right or ability to choose whatever you want to do or have, however, increasingly, we are seeing freedom of choice being restricted by those who perceive consumption of animal deriving products as ‘wrong,’...
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It’s an indisputable fact that sales of luxury fur and leather products have been increasing year on year. But, while economics may highlight the appetite for luxury goods made of natural fabrics are on the rise, the lexicon is that economics aren’t always an accurate representation of societal attitudes. A recent study conducted by Morning Consult, comprised of a survey of 2,000 British and American residents about their opinion on natural leather, concluded that consumers negative attitudes towards natural leather were on the rise, mirroring...
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If you are to type in ‘Queen Elizabeth in fur’ online, you’d find a tonne of images of Her Majesty the Queen in luxurious fur that dominated her wardrobe as early as the 1940’s all the way to the 2000’s. With each look more remarkable than the other, there is no denying that the Queen has had many stand-out fashion moments. It has recently been confirmed by a Buckingham Palace spokesperson, that “as new outfits are designed for the Queen, any fur used will be...
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Here at the International Fur Federation, we are committed to supporting the entire fur trade. This is why we were delighted to sponsor Hilde Lillegård to visit the biggest fur auction house in the world, Kopenhagen Fur. Here is Hilde's experience... First, I want to thank you to IFF for allowing me to visit Kopenhagen Fur, I had an amazing stay! Out trip started with an interesting guided tour at Kopenhagen Fur facilities. I was immediately impressed with how huge and nice the grading department...
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Over-the-phone laughs with the one and only, Derek Warburton. We talk about our love of fur, Derek's show 'All Access', fashion weeks, current trends, change in fashion, personal choice and living your life! Make sure to tune in to listen to our fun chat on the above and much more.
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Since “ethical” and “sustainable” fashion became integral components of fashion brands’ sustainability strategies, a string of recycled mostly beige linen garments photographed against a backdrop of environmental hashtags have become a staple of nearly all high street and high fashion brands. At first glance, one might view this as a step towards creating a more sustainable fashion climate, in particular reducing the amount of new fashion being produced and subsequent waste that follows right after. However, the industrial rate at which fashion is being produced...
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CREATION 2019 – an annual design competition hosted by the Hungarian Fur Trade Association (HFTA) – was held on 26th October, 2019, in New York Palace (The Dedica Anthology Hotel). More than 150 guests including politicians, media and press, representatives of the top design universities, designers, businesspeople, fur trade representatives, supporters, sponsors, attended the grand finale CREATION 2019 which was hosted at the prestigious and most beautiful café in the world (according to UCITYGUIDES: https://www.ucityguides.com/cities/top-10-cafes.html) The finalists presented products which were characterised by their unique solutions...
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Cancel culture is a form of public shaming that aims to hold individuals and groups accountable for their actions by calling attention to a behavior that is perceived to be problematic by somebody. Usually it manifests over social media, where some are attacking celebrities or brands for acting in a manner that they don’t agree with, but this toxic behavior can go beyond comments and reports on Facebook and do more harm when angry activists are the ones that are trying to impose their point...
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We have a discussion with three BFTA competition students on what they think of fur, what their view on sustainability is, what common sense means to them in terms of educating yourselves before reading everything that's online, and much more. Joining me is our Sustainability Manager to also have her input on all things sustainability, certification and traceability. Make sure to give it a listen to get useful insight from the BFTA competition winners and a worthy discussion.
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The International Fur Federation (IFF) fund a range of projects to kick-start or further enhance the careers of those working with fur. Our latest Fur Futures success stories comes from Ellen Henningsen Hellem who was sponsored by IFF to attend Kopenhagen Fur's studio for a what she describes as an "inspirational visit." This is Ellen's experience... After spending three wonderful days at Kopenhagen Fur in Denmark’s wonderful capital, we reflect on our experiences and are left full of inspiration and ideas.  Kopenhagen Fur kindly invited...
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Kelly Killoren Bensimon has launched her EnVille collection with Pologeorgis, her second collaboration with the brand. Getting into the luxury fashion game, we have all of the exclusives behind Kelly’s inspiration behind the collection, why fur was a coherent choice of material to use, how Kelly’s past experiences reflected her creative process and much more. Looking for inspiration on how to keep yourself warm this winter? Have a look at the EnVille collection below. THE HARPER REX RABBIT FUR PULLOVER IN NAVY What made you...
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The fashion industry is valued at over one trillion US dollars; it accounts for 2% of global GDP and employs 1 in every 10 workers around the world. However, while the fashion industry’s global economic reach is huge, the systemic environmental problems challenging the industry are equally as far reaching. The fashion industry contributes one tenth to annual global carbon emissions, 5% of global water use, and it has been recognised as a sector with the highest risk of modern slavery in its supply chains....
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Here at the International Fur Federation (IFF), we are committed to supporting the next generation of fur design talents. That is why we were keen to support fashion design student Eliza when she applied for funding to support her training at fashion house Yves Salamon. Here is Eliza's story... Dear All Fashion and Fur Lovers, My name is Eliza. I am a final year fashion student at the University of Huddersfield and I am last year 2nd place winner at the BFTA annual competition.  This...
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Samantha De Reviziis Fashion weeks may have ended, and for our final SS20 instalment, we’ve caught up with sustainability expert in the fashion and luxury industry, Samantha De Reviziis to give us the run-down of what transpired. From the fashion shows and the latest trends to what will catch on and the most used colours, as well as upcoming cities & designers and the differences in fashion between each city, we have first-hand insight into the wonderful world of what happens during hectic, but remarkable...
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Situated in the heart of Milan’s fashion district lies haute couture brand Fabio Gavazzi.  Fabio Gavazzibelongs to the Fureco group, an Italian company owned by the Gavazzi family which has been active for four generations since being founded in 1922. Manufacturing fur garments with the highest degree of craftsmanship, Fabio Gavazzi is a brand with heritage and history that for almost a century has handed down the secrets of ancient art of sartorial fur. Today, Furecois a modern fur manufacturer whose uniqueness lies in their ability to interpret and personalize traditional styles creating innovative and...
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Cooperation of Kyiv National University of Technology and Design with the Ukrainian Fur Association promotes success in the international market The IV International Forum, “FUR Futures Ukraine,” held at the Kyiv National University of Technology and Design is the annual event organised by the Ukrainian Association of furriers that gathers representatives of fur business, from manufacturers to designers, as well as students, profiled teachers, academics, all working together in cooperation. This year, the forum was attended by 100 people and was moderated by Alla Gosling - the executive director...
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At the core of veganism is the belief that abstention from all animal-deriving goods can solve many of the environmental, animal welfare and ecological issues currently challenging the world. One’s choice to become vegan is often based on a variety of reasons with ethics, sustainability, and environmental consciousness all being listed as top motivations. And while it’s important to respect consumers’ freedom of choice when it comes to what they consume, respect is not always reciprocated. But before delving into that debate, it’s important to...
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GQ and the British Fur Trade Federation discuss the future of fur in menswear and it's position in the fashion industry. Moderated by editor in chief of British GQ Dylan Jones, with panellists Astrid Andersen, Les Deux cofounder Andreas von der Heide and journalist Alexandra Castle, Yves Salomon and Frank Zilberkweit. For more please visit: https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/gallery/gq-fur-trade-panel-discussion-2019 or https://www.wearefur.com/gq-x-bfta-lwfms-big-conversation/
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The International Fur Federation (IFF) does much to support the fur trade with its bursaries. Supporting a host of projects, including Fur Summer Schools and Workshops. This is how Viktoria S. de Carvalho from Norway was able to attend the same trip to Kopenhagen Fur’s Studio as Jannicke Romøren Eriksen, along with four other fur ladies. Between 8-11 September 2019 Viktoria attended Kopenhagen Fur’s auction and made a visit to their studio. Here is Viktoria’s experience: I was lucky enough to get invited to participate in a...
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The Met Gala, also known as the Costume Institute Gala, is the fashion industries biggest and most exclusive event bringing together designers and the most famous faces from the world of fashion, music, film, television, sport and art. The Gala is hosted each year by American Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, and a selection of celebrities, to raise money for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met). The fashion fundraiser was founded by Eleanor Lambert in 1948 and was designed to...
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At the International Fur Federation, we are committed to supporting the next generation of fur talents. This is why we supported Ineta Joksaite when she asked for funding to attend Fur Europes Fur Summer School in Kastoria, Greece. Here is Ineta's story. My name is Ineta Joksaite and I'm one of the 25 lucky people who attended a life changing trip to Fur Europe's Summer School in Greece on August 23rd 2019. The Fur Summer School lasted 9 days and focused on sustainability, fur skills,...
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The International Fur Federations bursaries are used to support a range of projects, from fashion shows, workshops and trips. The latest of our bursaries was awarded to Jannicke Romøren Eriksen from Norway who, along with four other fur ladies, journeyed to Kopenhagen Fur’s studio between 8-11 September 2019 for their fur auction and to visit their studio. In Jannicke’s words, this was her experience: Lucky me! I was one of the chosen ones to go to Kopenhagen Fur! I arrived at Kopenhagen Fur Auction house...
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The 5.5 KM2Amazon rainforest and its tributaries meander through Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil before meeting the Atlantic Ocean on the east coast of South America. Known as “The Lungs” of planet Earth, the Amazon absorbs 2 billion tons of CO2 each year, approximately 5% of annual emissions making it a vital environmental neutraliser doing much to prevent the rising damaging effects of climate change. However, while deforestation has continued to destroy the Amazon basin over the last century, the recent apocalyptic wildfires...
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SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 10, 2019—Expressing its disappointment but saying the matter is far from settled, an industry group outlined its strategy after today’s 27-8 passage of Assembly Bill 44 by the California State Senate. There were five abstentions. “Everyone should know that AB 44 does not go into effect until 2023, and it still needs the governor’s signature to become law, but should he sign it, we will aggressively challenge it in the courts,” said Keith Kaplan of the Fur Information Council of America. “For...
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As the proposed New York City fur ban grabs head-lines and social media attention, one key fact has gotten muddled in the debate: the fur industry is a vibrant one that meets a consumer demand for high-quality, sustainable luxury apparel.  
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Only a few celebrities are on the frontline challenging natural fur, denouncing the fur trade and propagating sensationalist myths to mislead their large following. However, while there aren’t many celebrates taking up arms, we are becoming increasingly aware that the beliefs of these celebrities are as faux as the fur they wear. This feature will explore the celebrities that pose as the defenders of animals-based products whilst at the same time owning or representing brands that use animal-deriving ingredients. This feature explores and answers questions...
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Listen to CEO of IFF, Mark Oaten, and new CEO of the Americas region, Mike Brown, who is representing the entire fur industry in the US, update us on the proposed fur ban in California and NYC. And how newcomer, Mike Brown will be using his political experience to help fight this! Mark, can you give us an update on the proposed New York fur ban and what are the next stages between now and the end of October? And what has the campaign focused...
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1. WWD on the fur ban! Who says the fur industry is backing down? We're just turning up the heat...2. New York Post - Fourth generation furrier talks about their thriving fur-trade business and where the next generation is taking the industry.3. CNN - Anna Wintour talks plastic fur and how it's OBVIOUSLY more of a polluter than natural fur.
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1. WWD coverage of REMIX, and much more on the magical night...2. South China Morning Post asks, 'are Burberry, John Galliano, DKNY & Versace wrong to ditch fur?' and I explain why they definitely are! 3. Fashion United questions which is more sustainable, vegan or animal-based fashion? Animal based fashion it is!
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1. My Grandmother's fur coat... 35 years on. Bianca Margarit explains how a fur coat has a history and story behind it, compared to something like a throwaway plastic puffer jacket.2. Business of Fashion's article on why they think the anti-fur movement is winning, and I explain why social media is the biggest cause of pushing brands and people out of using fur.3. Did you see Justin Bieber's Louis Vuitton slippers? Here more about them here!
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1. There's a strong ethical case for wearing leather and fur - The Quartzy give us more information on why that's TRUE! 2. Glamour magazine discuss the topic, if fur is killing animals and faux-fur is killing the planet, what on earth should one do? 3. Harpers Bazaar take a look back at the evolution of fashion weeks in photos, and what the runways looked like before social media.
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1. Daily Mail speaks sense! Plastic fibres that pollute our oceans, factories using toxic chemicals, clothes that never decompose: Devotees think they're saving the planet, but we reveal the guilty secret about vegan fashion.2. The Freedom of Choice and the anti-fur movement that is attacking it.3. The Metro questions whether it's socially acceptable to wear a fur coat in public.
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1. Vogue writer asks, 'Am I The Only One Who Feels Guilty About Wearing Fur?' It's anti-fur activists that are making you feel this way.2. REMIX 2019 is upon us! Listen here to find out who the jury are, what the theme is this year, and a comment from CEO of IFF, Mark Oaten.3. We've done an interview with Russian designer, Sergey Efremov and you can hear all about what he said right here! Fashion, fur, and more!
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1. Could 2019 be a watershed year for fashion and sustainability? AnOther explain more about the future of fashion, and I look into it!2. LFWM's coverage! Find out about all the furs this LMFW !3. Should a celebrity ever be BULLIED just because they wear real fur and go against what anti-fur activists believe is correct? No, never!
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1. @wwd - Plastic Waste Fuels the Fire in Faux vs Real Fur Debate. Find out why natural fur is of course, better 😊 What CEO of IFF, Mark Oaten said during an interview in London and more on FurMark. 2. Why eco-leather, synthetic sweaters and faux leather are TRUE poison by @samantha3. @forbes lists Emerging Fashion Brands to watch in 2019 and @sakspotts makes the list!
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1. Is the industry simultaneously turning a blind eye to the inevitable flaws that accompanies plastic fur? 2. The Times explains that faux fur should be RELABELLED to plastic fur. Makes sense...3. Kendall and Kylie Jenner have launched a vegan and faux jacket line - but why has Kendall Jenner been seen wearing a natural fur coat if she now represents the anti-fur side?
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1. Talk Radio explain how journalist Andre Walker has slammed the idea of phasing out meat and animal-based metaphors. Even founder of vegan food delivery service allplants.com, Jonathon Petrides, explains that the idea is absurd. Find out here what we think of this...2. Protests in city centre store, Flannels in Liverpool. We cover the event and discuss why protestors use bullying as a way to force brands and people to go fur-free.3. The Wall Street Journal explores the dilemma for social conscious consumers regarding natural...
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1. Do you think plastic leather promoted by ethical designers like Stella McCartney is helping the environment? 2. Where do you stand on the plastic vs natural fur debate? Vogue Arabia gives us nuances of positivity surrounding natural fur.3. What do you think will happen if society bans fur? We would loose much more than fashion, find out here what else.Listen to our 6th episode to hear the answers to these questions, you won't want to miss it!
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1. The Independent - Jean Paul Gaultier going fur-free AND CEO of IFF Mark Oaten's statement.2. The Lincolnite - Lincoln Christmas Market's fur-free pledge.3. Beyond Fashion Magazine - The Future of Sustainable Fashion and Social Responsibility.
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1. Fur Europe reports to their members hub that the UK government will not ban fur.2. Vogue story on Magzter - 'My Mother, My Fur' -www.magzter.com/articles/12191/30…957/5bc6f9f57ec103. Elle Romania - Is ecological fur really an eco-friendly material?
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As the summer season soon comes to a close, what brings us solace is the knowledge that the winter season is upon us, and that fur fashion is incoming. Fur on the runway has been blooming for decades, making style statements with whichever kind of silhouette, being a long-awaited material on the runways across the globe. From Fendi, to Ferre, we take a look back at the most bravura furs that have graced fashion runways ahead of the catwalks starting in New York this September...
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The fashion industry has always been a hub of innovation, from the invention of the sewing machine to the creation of 3D printed footwear, but what can we expect the future of fashion to look like? The $2.4 trillion fashion sector is a global economic powerhouse of an industry, and its transforming quicker than ever before. But while artificial intelligence is being used to predict trends, augmented and virtual reality create at-home dressing rooms, and robots assist craftspeople in the atelier and models on the...
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It isn’t be-known that fur has surpassed into more than a winter wardrobe. As usual, fur styles have elevated Copenhagen Fashion Week SS20’s looks into panache, poise and flair. The looks presented were mixed into a combination of vibrant and neutral colours to balance out each silhouette each creating its own distinctiveness and uniqueness to the tale that was being narrated down the runway. Saks Potts, a brand that has skyrocketed into the fashion world, needless to say featured exquisite furs, whilst ‘striving to become Scandinavia’s...
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In part one of The Truth about Fashion, I explored and compared sourcing issues and supply chains of both fast-fashion and luxury fashion brands. And while many brands do what they can to instil trust and confidence in consumers through ever-growing transparent supply chains and ethical and sustainable sourcing, is it all too late? As the public moves towards environmentally conscious consumerism, attitudes towards shopping is changing. More so today than ever before, second hand shopping for pre-loved clothing is becoming more fashionable. However, growing...
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Paralia Katerinis, a beautiful seaside settlement, is The Official Fur District of Greece where more than 50 fur fashion brands are located within walking distance of one another making it the favourite resort for travellers who visit Greece with the purpose of buying fur. All fur garments are MADE IN GREECE, manufactured in the city of Kastoria. This blog post is about Paralia Katerinis Furs (https://paralia-katerinis.com/) new project - a platform that was created in March 2019 and promotes the leading fur fashion brands in...
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It’s been on the tip of everybody’s tongues, it’s got the strongest female actors on board, 16 million views alone on a single Instagram trailer post from Jennifer Lopez. Hustlers has well and truly arrived and has triggered me into writing a piece (based on the trailer) on the inspiration of the film, and about the fur looks that Jennifer Lopez sports. J-Lo is a huge fur supporter and is renowned for wearing her big furs whether on tour, ‘papped’ on the streets, or on...
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The most important rule for fashion brands is to stay relevant, so, it comes as no surprise that fashion brands are often in the eye of many social and political media storms. From questions surrounding traceability, sustainability and animal welfare, to issues about environmental impact, exploitation, consumerism and waste, the fashion industry isn’t in short supply of concerns. In fact, a surplus of issues, predominantly surrounding production and waste, fronted by the fast-fashion industry which produces 1 billion garments and 1.2 billion tons of CO2...
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A treasure chest of art and sculptures, the Wallace Collection, once a source of inspiration to Manolo Blahnik, now showcases his uncompromising designs in the splendid grandiosity they deserve. Manolo Blahnik is an artist and icon in the world of shoe design. Originating from Santa Cruz de la Palma, in the Canary Islands, Spain, Blahnik dreamt of fashion, so after attending boarding school in Switzerland, studying Politics and Law at the University of Geneva, then Literature and Architecture, Blahnik got his degree and move to Paris...
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The French Fur Trade Federation organizes a number of competitions every year for young designers, participates in the training of students, organizes the integration of new recruits in workshops and coordinates international projects around the fur trades. At international level, there are many competitions the French Fur Federation participate in, including REMIX organized by the International Fur Federation supported by Vogue Italia and Vogue Talents. At national level, the French Fur Trade Federation supports the Lycée Turquetil in Paris. This school has a workshop specifically...
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Unlike the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition –  an exploration of one of couture’s greatest designers – as I navigate the Mary Quant exhibition also housed at the iconic Victoria and Albert museum (V&A), it becomes apparent that on display is a total rejection of Parisian couture and everything the fashion elite represented. Chronicling Quant’s twenty-year heyday and rebellion between 1955 and 1975, this exhibition showcases a crusade for teenage and young women’s social and sexual emancipation through fashion, re-defining the youth-led spirit of 1960’s...
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@kimkardashian @thenotoriousmma Reality television star Kim Kardashian-West recently revealed that she will be remaking all her natural fur garments into faux-fur replicas – a material which people are phasing out of everyday life.  This is a clear rejection of natural fur in favour of synthetic alternatives by Kardashian-West. Contrastingly, MMA star Conor McGregor recently posted on his Instagram describing his two “handmade” Gucci mink coats as “iconic” “art pieces” which he will eventually pass down to his children and grandchildren. McGregor has decided to maintain...
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It has become progressively known that wearing fur in seasons other than winter has become a growing phenomenon. With so many fur options that brands can explore with in their collections, I have rounded up which brands have shown fur during RESORT 2020 and Milan Fashion Week Men’s Spring/Summer 2020. RESORT 2020: Fendi Resort 2020 has been the first collection designed exclusive of the late Karl Lagerfeld, and as an enormous presence was missing, Silvia Venturini Fendi made sure the runway show delivered. Finding inspiration...
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London Fashion Week Mens not only kicked-off with a bang, but it concluded with one too. On June 10th, the concluding day of London Fashion Week Mens SS20, the British Fur Federation and British GQ hosted a breakfast panel discussion at Claridges hotel, where a panel of distinguished fashion luminaries discussed the rise of natural fur in menswear. And yours truly was amongst the influential fashion audience. Moderated by editor in chief of British GQ Dylan Jones, speakers from all branches of the fashion and...
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Your favourite fur coat may be too much to wear in the sizzling summer weather, but that isn’t an excuse to discard fur altogether from your summer wardrobe until the winter season approaches. Trend is revolutionising, and designers are incorporating fur in ways that makes it centre focus in their spring/summer collections, meaning that consumers, like me and you, can make a fashion statement all year round. It may come as a surprise, but there are in fact numerous ways that you can assertively wear,...
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1. Thomas Salomon interview with Hong Kong Tatler2. Business of Fashion article3. Vogue Italia and International Fur Trade Federation fur masterclass
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The IFF comes back this year with an exciting and innovating approach to promoting fashionable fur with an environmental conscious! The IFF has recruited a series of external experts to lend their voice to narrate this year’s campaign and to present their own observations and conclusions on both, natural fur as a material as well as the industry. Their views endorse what the industry has been repeating through the past few years; natural fur is the responsible choice and goes as far as concluding that...
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‘I am surprised that a brand which cares about sustainability is banning a natural product like fur. Now Prada customers will only have plastic fur as an option which is bad for the planet. I urge Prada to think again and trust its own consumers to decide if they want to buy real or fake fur.'
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Fur, a material that is natural, biodegradable, sustainable, long-lasting and environmentally-friendly is in the middle of a very unpleasant fight in New York City. In March, Council Speaker Corey Johnson propositioned a ban on the sale and manufacture of fur in New York – a proposal that would completely wipe out thousands of jobs and ultimately end businesses. To be more specific, this ranges from small businesses to leading international brands, big department stores, and major retailers – all which will destroy more than 7,500...
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The International Fur Federation's support of the fur trade spreads far, wide and deep. This is why we were able to support long-standing members of the Greek Fur Federation, Imperia Furs & Leather with their latest fashion show. This is Christina Demertsidou's story... First of all, I would like to thank the International Fur Federation (IFF) for such a great opportunity. Over the years, I have been reading about the various Fur Futures success stories so it's a great pleasure to be accepted for the IFF Fur Futures bursary...
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On the 9th of April, the BFTA (British Fur Trade Association) hosted their competition one-day workshop for fashion design students from universities all over the UK. The BFTA Annual Design Competition is one of the key parts of their University Outreach Programme, and the aim of their competition is to encourage students to be innovative in design, and to explore the exciting and creative possibilities that fur gives to design, as well as learn about fur and how it’s produced. Participants are asked to create...
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Calling all design student.... London-based designer and furrier Rebecca Bradley London is hosting her 6th annual Fur Summer School between Monday, August 5, and Friday, August 9, 2019. Rebecca has years of experience working with many leading luxury designers and brands. She also taught globally to industry and students. Her vast experience in the fur trade combines with an inspiring unorthodox approach. The aim of the course is to give attendees a well-rounded knowledge of the fur trade and skills for using fur, this will help...
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“Everything created by human hands express something – above all the personality of the creator. The same thing is true with a dress. But since so many people are working on it, the real job is to get all the hands that cut, sew, try on and embroider to express all I have felt.” - Christian Dior, 1954. The sold-out fashion exhibition the world is talking about, Christian Dior: The Designer of Dreams, is just that – a dream. Housed at London’s iconic Victoria & Albert Museum...
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Throughout history, animals have been trapped, whether it’s for food, fur or other animal products. Trapping is now intrinsically linked to wildlife management, as it is used to address the challenges of overabundant species which can impact on the natural environment as well as other species, or even the threat that some of these animals pose to human safety. Trapping is therefore key to managing and maintaining populations in the wild. Photo by Coleen Olfenbuttel / North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission The trapping of wild...
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I come from a family of furriers with a tradition of more than 80 years. Back in the day, people used to take young apprentices to their workshops where they taught them how to perform a profession. In 1938 my grandfather started working as an apprentice at his brother-in-law’s workshop, and after a few years he learnt the secrets of this ancient occupation. After marrying my grandmother, he became her tutor and they worked together until he died. My father received knowledge from his family;...
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While Ekaterina has a say in the designs of Ekaterina Furs, she openly discloses she is not a designer and doesn’t claim to be. As you’d expect, leading a fashion company means Ekaterina needs to be involved in every aspect of manufacturing, from design to production. Ekaterina takes me to the very start of production, the Fur Guru wants to know: is animal welfare an important factor you consider when sourcing and buying your furs, Ekaterina? Yes, of course! We work with global auction houses...
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The fashion industry is one of the most innovative industries in the world. Ultimately, this means that a large amount of responsibility is needed to ensure that the entire supply chain, and we, consumers, are protecting the environment. The fashion industry is taking a serious approach to sustainability, and rightly so. Albeit demanding, many luxury brands now have programmes to help ensure that they are doing the upmost to guarantee that they are becoming more environmentally-aware. As we develop our environmental consciousness as a society,...
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IFF’s Fur Futures bursaries are used to support the entire width and breadth of the fur trade, from furriers and designers to federations and schools. Supporting the next generation of fur fashion talents is one of the aims of the IFF, which is why it was our pleasure to help Milan based fashion school Caterina Da Siena. IFF was contacted by furrier and teacher at Caterina Da Siena, Paolo Consonni, this is Paolo’s story of how IFF’s Fur Futures Bursary helped his class achieve greatness....
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Alessandra opens up... I studied History and International Relations at the same time as working at the university. I began writing articles as a freelance journalist, and it was through this role that I first encountered the fur trade and well, the rest is history! When it comes to fur, Italy is in a unique situation, firstly, do you agree, and secondly, would you like to expand on this?  In Italy, we are an association that is home to the entire supply chain. We are...
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IFF's Fur Futures Bursary has helped many young designers around the world take part in REMIX, the international fur and fashion design competition hosted by IFF and supported by Vogue Talents. Our latest Fur Futures success story comes from Chinese designer Dong Wang who secured the much-coveted REMIX Saga Furs Award at REMIX 2019, this is Dong's story... First of all, I want to start off by saying I feel very proud that I was chosen to take part in REMIX, it's an amazing competition....
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Technology is evolving at a fast pace and everything is becoming automatic. We have self-driving cars, we use vending machines, instead of buying items directly from a shop, and we use self-checkout systems as an alternative to the traditional cashier-staffed checkout. All these changes have a major impact on the labor market, because people are being replaced by machines. Many occupations are disappearing and because of this, professions which require handcraft and expertise are becoming extinct. In the fabrication process of jewels, there are automatic tools...
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Growing up on a farm, Brooke quickly became accustom to the production processes in animal industries. From a young age, Brooke appreciated the natural resources the animal industries have given mankind for millennia, and it is for this reason she designs and creates with respect when using fur and other natural fabrics. In fact, Brooke confesses… the more I researched fur and began to work with furriers on the production of garments, the more I understood the inner workings of the industry – especially the...
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We live in a time where fake news and click baits are overtaking the media, where it misleads people for one’s own benefit, and because of this, it is becoming harder and harder to distinguish whether a subject is legit or a hoax. Information is coming out fast, so fast that no one has the time or intention to double check nor to analyze its truth, as nowadays jumping to conclusions is easier than checking the source of a specific story. Headline-grabbing tactics usually involve...
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Following the success of REMIX 2019 comes another success story from Chinese designer Long Chen. A young and passionate designer, Long has achieved much over the last few years, and with the help of IFF's bursary, he has gone on to achieve more. This is Long Chen's story... Hello everyone, I am Long Chen, a fashion designer from China. After winning the REMIX Asian Fur Design Competition in Korea in October 2018, I was honoured to have the opportunity to participate in the final of...
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Our first Fur Futures success story of 2019 comes from Anna Nawrocka from Poland. After joining the International Fur Federation (IFF) Fur Futures programme, Anna was excited to join a group of likeminded individuals. And after applying for a bursary from IFF, Anna was able to create with fur and apply to be a part of IFF’s REMIX Fur design competition supported by Vogue Talents. This is Anna’s story… Thanks to the grant I received from IFF, the support from Polish Fur Federation and Nutrex Leather Trade...
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After graduating from the Schulich School of Business, York University in Toronto, Canada, Lumin joined an internship program set up by the Canadian Government’s International Business and Foreign Trade Ministry. The Ministry was working with Canada China Business Council (CCBC) in China, of which North American Fur Auctions (NAFA) was a member – this was Lumin’s gateway into the fur trade. Lumin describes her entrance into the fur trade as the “perfect accident”, but sixteen years later, this accident can only be described as the...
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The debate around fur seems to be endless. We are on the side of fur supporters who believe that fur is sustainable. Today, in an era where plastic waste is rife, the fur industry is becoming more regulated and integrated with animal welfare, namely because of the FurMark certifications. But in all this endless debate surrounding ethics and sustainability, we are losing sight of one thing: aesthetics. But let’s face it. Fur is fashionable - it looks and feels good too. Fur has always been a...
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Like me, I’m sure many of you have crossed paths with Sandy throughout the years. Wearing many hats and with her fingers in all the fur trade’s pies, Sandy juggles so many different ventures, it’s difficult to pin-point her influence and knowledge as it is so huge.  From my first day working in the industry, I felt a strong connection not just to fur but also to the members of the industry.  So many of the companies are family-run, multi-generational businesses. Coming from my own close-knit family,...
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While highlighting fur as a sustainable and a modern versatile fashion material, REMIX 2019 also shines a light on emerging designers – and serves as a “career launch pad.” Download PDF
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Fur is taking fashion weeks by storm as usual, and Milan & Paris Fashion Weeks are no different. Similar fur silhouettes were showcased and paraded down the world’s most opulent runways, and distinctive, sophisticated and chic furs took centre-stage. Not only did the six fashion houses that are discussed use fur, other major fashion houses did too, and included the same amount of creativeness and design… these six just caught my eye the most. Milan Fashion Week Fendi: Two days before Karl Lagerfeld’s passing, he...
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Milan Fashion Week is always a pleasure, but on February 24th, the Fur Guru had a ticket to the presentation of the season: REMIX! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1whLgKc6FA REMIX 2019 Official Video Each year the International Fur Federation hosts a competition for young fashion and fur designers with the support of Vogue Talents. And after sneaking past the vip wall (the guru likes a low key life), I sipped my welcome drinks and nibbled on my canapés while touring the fashion exhibition, navigating the exposed concrete pillars at...
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Milan, 25 February 2019. REMIX, an international competition for young fashion and fur design talents, organised by the International Fur Federation (IFF) with the support of Vogue Talents, declared three winning designers last night during the annual award ceremony in Milan. This year, IFF asked the competition’s 10 finalists to create three fur garments that reflected the theme: Responsibility, and Berivan Cemal, from the Netherlands, won the much-coveted REMIX Gold award. Berivan received the Kopenhagen Furs (KF) sponsored prize, which includes a paid trip to...
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Yesterday, not only the fashion community, the entire world said goodbye to one of the greatest living cultural and creative powerhouses of the twentieth century: Karl Lagerfeld. Born in Hamburg, German, Lagerfeld was, foremost, the creative mind behind Fendi since the 1960s and Chanel since the 1980s, known for his bold and unapologetic designs and constant reinvention of the wheel – he was crowned by Vogue as the "unparalleled interpreter of the mood of the moment." Starting his career with Yves Saint Laurent, before moving into an apprentice...
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1992 How many of your clothes have a history? We are living in an era of consumerism, characterized by mass production and by a personal happiness achieved by the consumption and by the purchase of material possessions – usually pointless pieces that we don’t need, that are giving us satisfaction when buying them. But that satisfaction eventually wears off after a few days, and so we feel the need to buy something new. We are constantly updating our wardrobe, filling it with things that are...
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As New York Fashion Week draws to a close, and London Fashion Week commences, the Fur Guru is growing more excited as Milan Fashion Week approaches, this means only one thing: REMIX. REMIX, an international fur design competition for young creative talents, is a staple of my fashion weeks circuit, and this year is set to be the best one yet. So, it comes as no surprise that before REMIX’s 10 finalists embark on the greatest opportunity of their careers, we come together to discuss...
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This NYFW has seen the colours, the famous A-listers, and the oh-so-loved material, fur. As this has been Women’s Fashion Week, of course women have been at the core, and all collections have been centred to show that women in fashion are evolving, and fur is welcomed and loved by the strongest women of all.  Longchamp  Longchamp have showcased their AW19 collection during NYFW, and what a display. Ranging from the location - models strutting down a runway on the ground floor of a skyscraper...
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Escaping the snow that blankets Europe and the polar vortex engulfing the US Midwest, I find myself under the reasonably warm Mediterranean sun – it’s time for the hotly anticipated Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid (MBFWMadrid). Between Friday 25 and Monday 28 January, I navigated the cobbled parades that crisscross Madrid, skipping from fashion show to expert talks by industry luminaries, and back again.  On the opening day of MBFWMadrid, the Guru is in a sensory overload. Marcos Luengo showcased a series of pastel and colour...
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How is our freedom of choice attacked without us noticing it? It can be said that the anti-fur movement is making a step towards a higher ethic, based on the premise of the sanctity of an animal’s life. But what happens when this premise is overlapping with an inalienable right? – the freedom of choice. The main problem is that nobody sees it as an attack on this right. Our ancestors fought and died so that we can be able to choose. We should be...
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