Michelle Luksh is part of the traveling fraternity fur coat when a colleague of his grandmother’s age gave him a white fox jacket a few years ago. Luksh, 32, who lives in Philadelphia, prefers to buy fur on the vintage and resale markets for ethical reasons, and when her former colleague gifted the fox coat that has “Karen W. Straub” sewn into the jacket’s lining for free, she slipped into it.
âI would never buy again because of my own moral conscience, but I can absolutely buy consignment pieces that are vintage,â Luksh said, adding that she had found another black mink fur shawl in a consignment store in Brooklyn, New York, a few years ago. to add to their collection.
âHonestly, there’s nothing like a furry coat in the dead of winter when you want to stay warm and look like a rich bitch,â she said.
“Honestly, there’s nothing quite like a fur coat in the dead of winter when you want to stay warm and look like a rich bitch.”
Carrie Morris, 28, from Tennessee, spent $ 250 on a brown mink coat she bought used on eBay as a sort of rite of passage before moving to New York City in her early 20s.
âI felt like Carrie Bradshaw,â she said. “But don’t contribute to the fur trade because it’s vintage.”
Morris and Luksh, like many their age, are recycling fur, buying it on the resale market, or researching bogus alternatives this winter as designers move toward creating sustainable options. Prada, Gucci, Armani and Chanel have said they will stop using fur in their production lines. And Macy’s and Bloomingdales announced in October that they would stop selling fur by the end of fiscal 2020, while luxury e-commerce retailers like Yoox Net-A-Porter Group and FarFetch have already banned its sale.
The move comes as more cities and states push to ban the sale of fur clothing. On Sunday, a group of animal rights activists stormed the state capital of Oregon to protest the sale of fur and the inhumane way animals are processed in its manufacture. Minneapolis City Council proposed a ban on the sale and manufacture of new animal fur products earlier this month for animal cruelty and environmental reasons, allowing second-hand retailers to sell used animal fur products. And California became the first U.S. state to ban the sale of newly manufactured fur products under historic legislation. move in October. The ban goes into effect in 2023 and also includes the skins of animals such as the crocodile and alligator.
Amid the politics of it all, some wearing second-hand fur are ashamed to admit it’s the real thing. Jenna Gambino, 28, loves it mink coat, a gift her grandmother gave her with a matching headband, but she said, “I’m telling everyone that’s wrong.”
Gambino, who considers herself passionate about animal rights, explained: âI feel like the hypocrite of the century who loves fur. But it is recycled.
She wears the coat for its warmth and style, she says, and primarily for its sentimental value as a family heirloom.
âMy grandmother’s initials are sewn into the lining. It’s so versatile, warm and pretty, âshe said.
The furless fashion movement has been a frank movement for decades. More than 100 million animals such as mink, foxes, rabbits and chinchillas die each year for fur production, and 85 percent of them are killed in factory farms, according to statistics from The Humane Society of the United States.
Animal welfare laws have been in place since the 1960s and PETA has held anti-fur protests throughout the 1980s to combat animal cruelty despite the fact that many fashion icons wear coats on the catwalks and red carpets. Rihanna faced a backlash a few years ago when she wore a mid-calf fur coat to a Dior fashion show. As a result, the creators of taste took action. In the style became the first editorial publication to ban fur products from its lip gloss, and stars like Stella McCartney, Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian have also vowed to stop wearing and buying fur. Kardashian said last year that she remade all of her favorite fur styles in faux fur instead.
âWe’re seeing faux fur products made from things like recycled plastic, and a lot of brands specifically produce eco-friendly faux fur because it’s better for the environment and gives designers more options,â Ashley Byrne, associate director of PETA, told FOX Business.
Take Kym Canter, CEO of Fluff House, a faux fur retailer, who started her business after she no longer felt comfortable wearing real fur. When she couldn’t find an ethical alternative that she liked, she started her own business. The brand uses faux fur textiles developed in Europe and recycles any excess fabrics into other models.
âI saw this as my chance to make a real difference,â Canter writes on his website. “I sold my 26 fur coats and promised to create a brand that wouldn’t harm animals or the planet.”
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The industry shift is the result of consumers’ desire to invest in sustainable fashion brands. Indeed, a study of Neilsen shows that 73% of millennials said they would be willing to spend more money on a product if it comes from a socially responsible and sustainable brand, and 81% expect brands to be transparent in their advertising. And global brands are investing in eco-friendly fashion technology. Eileen Fisher of its namesake clothing line is an investor and partner of Alante Capital, which invests in sustainable fashion technology, and a fast fashion retailer H&M invests in textile recycling technologies to reduce waste and dependence on cotton.
Yet fur appears to continue to be in high demand, with sales more than doubling in the United States between 2009 and 2018, from $ 219.8 million to $ 531 million, according to data from Euromonitor International, cited by The Pew Charitable Trusts.
And Michael Tommasiello, 33, shamelessly buys it second-hand. He bought an Yves Salomon fox and rabbit fur coat used on Grailed, a luxury consignment retailer for men’s clothing.
âI’m 100% a fan of fur, and it’s better to buy second-hand. It’s more ethical,â he said.