The IV International Forum, “FUR Futures Ukraine,” was held at the Kyiv National University of Technology and Design – the annual event organized by the Ukrainian Association of furriers that gathers representatives of fur business, including manufacturers and designers, as well as students, profiled teachers, academics, and others in cooperation. This year the forum was attended by 100 people and was moderated by Alla Gosling – the executive director of Ukrainian association of furriers.
The main theme of this year’s forum was the thesis, “Natural fur is a responsible choice”. Each speaker covered this issue presenting facts to the audience about the fur industry being sustainable and responsible. The main goal of forum was to provide truthful scientific-based information so that everybody could make their own choice what to think about fur.
The Forum was opened by a speech from Kiev National University of Technology and Design rector Professor Ivan Grischenko, and the president of the Ukrainian Association of furriers Professor Igor Zvarych, who introduced a set of textbooks for the leather and fur industry created by our Association with close collaboration with the University academics which were circulated to the forum participants.
In their presentations, the speakers introduced participants to the specifics of modern fur production and its strong regulation by governments all over the world.
Representative of the International Fur Federation Paul Stockall, Director of Standards and Sustainability, explored the topic “What is FURMARK?”. The Stakhiv brothers, of the “Chinchilla Real Fur” company, demonstrated what solutions are being proposed and implemented to support the welfare of fur animals. And Kopenhagen Fur representative Victoria Pustynnikova spoke about the sustainability of fur fashion.
For students, as future professionals, Turkish Fur Association representative Kadir Kilic spoke about the work of FUR Futures at Istanbul’s fur school. Ukrainian FUR Futures with their leader Diana Agaian reported their achievements over the year – participation in fur contests and schools demonstrated fur models and accessories made by students studying in fur specialisation, “Technologies and design of fur garments” at University. This specialty was opened 2 years ago with the support of Ukrainian association of furriers and counts 30 students so far.
During the second half of the forum, the participants took part in a fur workshop conducted by a well-known Ukrainian designer Marina Yaroslavskaya, owner of fur and leather company “Yaroslavna,” and young perspective designer Olena Kotsar, owner of “Mehov Furs”. Together they demonstrated their garments, spoke about fur techniques used in them, their inspiration and experience in working with fur as versatile, unique long-lasting material.
At the end of the forum, the design students were given a large quantity of fur samples with which they made fur key rings and posted them on Instagram with the winner being awarded a prize. The participants showed great interest in the event.
At the end, the guests made an excursion to the laboratories of the faculties and museums of the University where they got acquainted with the peculiarities of our students’ education, and were shown the equipment used in the process of mastering fur specialties.
We express our gratitude to the participants and organizers for a meaningful and useful event.
Ukrainian Fur Association