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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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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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Kopenhagen Fur are the most prestigious producers of mink in Europe and it is a privilege to be selected by Kopenhagen Fur to attend their 'Fur Sorting & Grading Course' in Denmark. The first major element of the course was an illuminating presentation in the auction room on the key statistics and areas of business that makes up Kopenhagen Fur. We covered diverse areas from policy to finance, business structure to global reach, and welfare to traceability. Our afternoon session ran with a tour of...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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In November 2014, the Belgian Fur Trade Federation organised a Masterclass for students of the Fashion Academy of Antwerp at Furlab in Amsterdam. The aim of the workshop, supported by the IFF’s Fur Futures program, was to get budding young talents from Antwerp more acquainted with fur – one of the most used materials in fashion design in recent years. Martine Kennis, a retail manager with a background in fur, met the chosen students and introduced them to the workshop. Django Steenbakker, Creative Director at...
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On September 16-17, IFF held their annual Fur Futures Members meeting in Copenhagen. The Fur Futures program has nearly 700 members, and the 30 most interactive individuals from various different countries are chosen to attend the meeting each year, to discuss projects achieved in the last year and to develop new projects for the year to come. After a welcome dinner in Tivoli Gardens on September 15, the Fur Futures Members meeting commenced the following morning. This year’s meeting included three different roundtables for the...
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Fur Futures member Laura Apsit, 24, was in high spirits as she successfully opened up her showroom on the new Duke Street Grosvenor Development, in London’s Mayfair. “It’s been a lot of hard work and late nights, but I am ecstatic with the finished result,” she said. Having previously collaborated with designers such as Valentino, Givenchy, Armani Privé, Alexander McQueen and most recently Louis Vuitton for their L’invitation au Voyage campaign, Hasan Hejazi and Boodles the Jewellers. It only seemed natural to open up her...
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Earlier this month, the Edmonton Journal released an article featuring Alberta trapper and Fur Institute of Canada (FIC) Board Member Gordy Klassen. The piece is a profile on Gordy, who shares his love of trapping and the Canadian wilderness. Gordy came from a family of hunters, but was always interested in trapping and started to save the money for his own traps at just 10 years old. He gathered knowledge from other local trappers and his father, who did a small amount of weasel trapping...
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Interview with Remix 2014 Winner Shohei Ohashi Shohei Ohashi, 23, has become the newest winner of the REMIX International Fur Design Competition, this year in collaboration with Vogue Italia. From Japan, Shohei is currently studying Fashion Design at Osaka Bunka Fashion School and graduates in 2014. After winning the ‘Pimp my Coat’ award in REMIX 2013, he returned this year to enter in the main category, successfully taking home the Gold Prize. Shohei wowed the jury with three looks inspired by optical art, working with...
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Emma Granqvist is a young Finnish dressmaker with a love of fur. The Fur Futures Bursary Scheme gave her the opportunity to study fur and entrepreneurship and to visit one of the largest trade shows in the world. Read her story below. Last spring, I graduated as a dressmaker. During my last year in the vocational school I did a part of my work practice in the Fur studio of Centria University of Applied Sciences. I fell completely in love with the material and have...
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The Remix 2014 event was a huge success not only on the night (the venue hit full capacity and we had to stop letting people in) but also on social media and the blogosphere in the following days. The Remix 2014 Gold Prize was awarded to Japanese entrant Shohei Ohashi, who not only took home a cash prize, but also an invitation to intern at Aquilano Rimondi. Shohei’s garment included mink, white finn raccoon and goat fur, which was dyed and plucked to reach the...
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Barbra Kolasinski, Fur Futures Member experiments with fur, embroidery and tartan to create some inspiring looks for her MA collection that reflect her Scottish heritage.  ‘The unique fascination with textiles lies in the potential for combining both traditional and new roles- those of decorating the human body and helping us look attractive, with protection, interaction and communication, while reacting to a wide range of exterior influences’ (Elsasser,2005:5) My Masters collection at London College of Fashion has become its genesis in my Scottish heritage and has...
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