I THOUGHT I was immune to the increasingly amateur and bizarrely comical PR stunts by PETA as they try to coerce us all into following their obsessive agenda of hate and intolerance.
I hate dressing formal. It goes back to my days as a member of parliament. There was a strict dress code, and if you wanted to speak in the Chamber a jacket and tie was a must, and the speaker would have thrown you out as fast as he could shout ‘order’ if you strayed from the rules. I hated the various dinners and events that went with the job and the hassle that came with it of dragging around the old black tie in a suit bag on the rubber chicken circuit.
One of the arguments most beloved of the anti-fur lobby is that fake fur is actually better for the environment than the real thing. That argument, however, is as fake as the apparel it supports.
Data unveiled today shows that 2015 was yet another successful year for the global fur sector – thanks to the continuing demand from fashion and interiors brands for mink, fox, chinchilla and sable among other fur types. Mark Oaten, CEO of the International Fur Federation comments.
In response to the Daily Mail Article on Russian Fur Farming, Mark Oaten, CEO of International Fur Federation says, "I am always 100% in favour of a free, balanced and well-informed press. Sadly, the Daily Mail has once again slipped from those lofty ideals."
"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.
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.
I completely agree that sustainability should take precedence over short-term corporate goals and applaud Hugo Boss for thinking that way, but I would respectfully disagree that moving away from farmed fur is a good method for accomplishing it. Read more from Mark Oaten's CEO Talks for the International Fur Federation
The fur industry is regularly accused of skinning animals alive. I have decided enough is enough and that now is the time to set the record straight. Read more from Mark Oaten CEO of IFF.
I spotted a great article in the FT recently discussing the moral dilemma Gillian Tett faced when left a fur coat that had once belonged to her mother. Read more from Mark Oaten on CEO Talks IFF.
For the second year running, Vogue Italia will be sole sponsor of REMIX, the international fur design competition organised by The International Fur Federation (IFF) and supported by Vogue Talents.
Several court rulings in the last few weeks suggest those in power might have overstepped the mark when it comes to legislation on fur and the tricky issue of public morality. You can see the societal backdrop to the rulings I talk about below echoed in the recent European elections. It seems voters and national governments have lost faith in the endless new laws flowing from Brussels. They appear jaded with the endless tail-chasing, pointless machinations and simply want their European civil servants to do less but deliver real value for the people they exist to serve.
The World Trade Organisation (WTO)'s Dispute Settlement Body recently announced that it is supporting the EU's seal ban, one that was set up on the grounds that the legislation served the 'public moral concerns' of a select segment of the EU population. But what is 'public morality', really? Mark Oaten writes for CEO Talks on the International Fur Federation.
I run a fur trade association. Like most such bodies, we're funded by all the businesses in our industry to act, work and speak on their mutual behalf. And like most such bodies, that means we're sometimes seen as the poor relation living on their scraps.
—Mark Oaten is the CEO of the International Fur Federation
A couple of weeks ago The Independent asked whether men can wear fur while keeping their street cred. The question is a timely one. Anyone who's picked up a fashion magazine in the last couple of weeks will see how this season's catwalks are awash with fur fashions for both men and women.