Wednesday, September 19, 2007

To fur, or not to fur? What to do with a vintage fur stole?


I was craving a very vintage mink stole, so I got one on Ebay last year. I have to say, I love it. I think it's chic and retro and the perfect thing to throw on this time of year when it's not bitterly cold, but certainly cold enough.

But, you know, it's fur.

I don't believe in new fur. I won't buy it. As a buyer, I am not interested in carrying it for my customers, either.

But vintage, I keep rationalizing, is already dead.

My friend JJ, a lady lawyer I might add, isn't buying it. I think her point of view is that I am still creating a market for it (chime in here, JJ, if I am misrepresenting you...).

And yet, I still love the fur. I wore it to Sun Liquor the other night with my bitchiest Guiseppi Zanotti shoes and I felt very glam. Luckily, no one threw paint on me.

Wondering what you all think of fur, real or fake, new or vintage, on your body or in your home. Sometimes fashion needs an ethics class, I suppose. Let's discuss.

15 comments:

Brilliant Asylum said...

I think if it is recycled and keeping you warm, then PETA needs to back off. I have a few things trimmed in fur--some real, some fake and some that it's really hard to tell the difference.

ALL THE BEST said...

I can see your point. Of course I can rationalize anything!!!! But seriously your point is well taken! Glad you weren't doused in paint.

Anonymous said...

I have to side with your friend JJ...you're still creating a market for it. That said, I have my MIL's real fur coat still hanging in the back of closet bcse I don't know what to do with it...
I love fake fur though---warm and cozy and lightweight, and fake! ;)

Mrs. Blandings said...

Unless you are ready to go down the road of faux leather shoes and vegan-ism, it seems a bit silly to me. I wouldn't buy a new fur, either, but vintage? If you like it, wear it - and order the spinach lasagna.

beachbungalow8 said...

um. i have a couple of hand me down, beautiful full length furs. but i won't wear them out here on the west coast. it's just TOO much of an issue to people. i keep them in an armoire and occaissionally reach in and pet them.

i wouldn't buy one. i just couldn't. but i'm ok with the hand-me-downs and vintage. as long as the head isn't attached with the raisin nose.

Anonymous said...

If its really old vintage, say anything before 1965 or something, probably not doing harm. The problem with words like vintage is that each generation redefines what it means, creating a resale market that makes it easier to justify new fur. But I love eating meat, so the ethical thing then would be to wear and appreciate the whole animal. And, the one time I borrowed a fur coat in NY, I had to admit it was much much warmer than my wool or down coat. And, I know having just returned from Labrador, that the death of the seal fur market was contributory to the destruction of native Innu and Inuit economies and way of life. They hate Bridgit Bardot. If there were no mink farms, one couldn't buy paint brushes, and many mongolians in siberia would be forced into chinese factories. Tiger fur, or endagered wild furs though are much more problematic than mink for me. Sorry about rambling. Good topic.

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

Irrespective of new or vintage it is really about the freedom to choose according to one's own conscience, and make those choices without fear of reprisal. That said, I do love a leopard (vintage only) cushion or two.

dean said...

im the same way-- i only wear/buy vintage furs. am i think only one who thinks fake fur is horribly unattractive?

robyn said...

My Mother & Grandmother always had lots of furs, and wore them. I thought it was odd when I was a child that adults wrapped themselves in animal fur. Outrageous when I was in my twenties because of how they are hunted and now....
i notice when someone is wearing it, but not in a judgemental way, it's just still curious to me.
I have calf skin rugs and sheep skins rugs, and stools made of calf. Is that a similar thing? I think so... I'm just not wearing it.

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

hmmm...I love skins - zebra, kudu, etc., and horns. eek, I think peta might hate me.

Iheartfashion said...

By recycling an old fur, you're not perpetuating the industry, and I don't buy the argument that you're creating a market for it. (Well, maybe you are THAT fabulous that people immediately run out and buy whatever they see you wearing :) But I think it's obvious when a fur is vintage vs. new, so a person who's lusting after it is more likely to hunt one down at a vintage shop.
As a meat-eater and leather-wearer, I would feel hypocritical denouncing fur.

Serena said...

I haven't ever bought new fur but I would if the urge moved me. I think people should be allowed to do as they see fit without being afraid to be doused with red paint. Up in Canada, the winters can be painfully cold and nothing - NOTHING - keeps a girl cozy like real fur. Wear it with joy and mail a donation cheque to the Nature Conservancy or Humane Society to balance your karma.

mamacita said...

I love fur, but then, I really hate animals anyway. I have never seen anyone else admit this, but that's how I feel. Maybe I should send it to PostSecret.

I don't like diamonds, though -- even fake ones, and I am conflicted about vintage ones because, like you said, you're still a part of the market. Human suffering moves me; animals, not so much.

alis said...

recycling does kind of justify it.. i eat meat, i love leather, but i would never buy new fur. it's killing them for waste.. i believe in wearing the skin of edible animals, because that means no part of them is being wasted. and also it changes the way that they are killed; no torturous electric zapping, skinning alive etc.. i think those are the things that make this fur thing really sick.. even when you are buying vintage, maybe you can opt for bunny fur instead of chinchillas.. bunnies are more usable, even edible, and they're raised in ranches. thats what i think if i'm buying something fur-trimmed. btw, my boyfriend thinks my wearing bunny fur only theory is bullshit.

Anonymous said...

I like wearing human skin. I would love to wear a fur coat made of human scalps. I like wearing necklaces made of human genitalia and a headress made of human bones.

I know this is an extreme way to present my point... but do you see how insane I sound if I just speak of human body parts the way you are talking about animals?
It is wrong to eat any meat. It is wrong to wear any fur. So what if it is vintage!!!