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 differences. They also talked about main features of fur as a material for tailoring fur garments, let students hold, touch and have a closer look at fur samples and answered many questions.
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.
After much discussion, the panel managed to name the top three designers of this year’s competition. The first prize went to Burak Dahan from Turkey who has won the opportunity to take part in an internship at the NAFA design studio in Canada.
Second and third places went to Yerhat Maksutov from Kazakhstan and Liliya Nigmatyanova of Uzbekistan. Both these designers have been awarded internships at the design studios of Saga Furs (Finland) and Kopenhagen Fur (Denmark) respectively.
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.
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. Future Star Design Award went to Ms. Cho Po from Hong Kong, and the Craftsmanship Design Award went to Mr. Hiroshi Suzuki from Japan. Ms. Li Xuan Xuan from China took the title of the Creative Design Award, in addition to reward, Xuan Xuan will also go to Saga Studio in Denmark for one week training, Ms. Natsumi Ikariyama from Japan won the Best Design Award of Male Category (Prize reward and one week training at NAFA studio in Canada. Finally, Mr. Yuki Ando from Japan won the Grand Prize of Female Category
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’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.
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. Hurry, apply by the 20th of June!
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 two day educational themed meetings on all aspects of the fur trade.
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.
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."
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.
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.
The Asia Fur Futures Roadshow 2015 took place in June 2015, and delivered insightful workshops in five different Asian cities across nine days. Each year, a small team including IFF Asia director Kelly Xu, IFF director of communications Gorana Stojanovic and two designers/furriers: Rebecca Bradley from London and Django Steenbakker from Amsterdam, travel to different fashion schools around Asia and educate the students about fur.
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.
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 for new fabrics and new techniques."
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.
At the age of 16, Sophie Skach 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 for the Swiss brand aéthérée. In 2009 Sophie was invited to present one of her collections in Tokyo at the Japan Fashion Week. Her collections have since been presented in Tokyo on numerous occasions in collaboration with BUNKA College.
Leandra is a fashion designer and is currently the director of a young ‘fur design’ team in Argentina. She says “From a young age, I was interesting in knowing about the great designers such as Vivian Westwood, John Galiano, Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs, among others. I think what attracts me to these designers the most is their passion for their work and that is reflected on the catwalks in their collections.”
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.
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.
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 really inspired me and gave me a desire to learn more about the technicality and skill of creating such beautiful fabrics.
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.
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.
On September 16-17, 2014 IFF held their annual Fur Futures 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.
On June 9-16, the IFF Asia Region’s Roadshow took place with huge success. More than 240 people participated in the workshops across the Asia Region, with strong support from our member associations in Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and Mainland China, and the IFF Office in Beijing.
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.
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 very own atelier in a this unique and quirky space situtated in the heart of London.
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 as a child.
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.
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.
REMIX 2014 in collaboration with Vogue Talents was held on 5 March in Milan. This year’s competition had a serious makeover, with a new venue and fashion critics on the jury such as Franca Sozzani and Sara Maino from Vogue Italia, and Tommaso Aquilano and Ricardo Rimondi.