100 Days of Fur: Update

Just to let you all know I will be taking a short break from my 100 Days of Fur experiment because I am going to Hawaii! I have a friend, former Western Editor of FASHION magazine, Rebecca Tay, who is going to be taking over for me while I am gone. She will be wearing fur for the 8 days that I will be wearing a bikini!

You can follow her experiences wearing fur here, and through her Twitter account.

Daria Werbowy, Venus in Furs

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A mix of silver and black fox to show off those legs!

Canadian supermodel Daria Werbowy is a real goddess in this editorial for V magazine (shot by Nathaniel Goldberg.) These pictures combine my favorite things: black and white photography, a Canadian top model and fur. Just imagine the fun they had shooting these images!

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I love the movement on this picture

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Mink (I think) with laser-cuts to create diamond shapes

 This great coat is a good example of the fun designers are having experimenting with fur. This looks like a mink coat to me (it’s hard to be 100% sure with pictures). Designers can now create a wide variety of effects with laser-cut, carving and grooving.

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The best close-up ever

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THe most beautiful smile! This is how my fur coat makes me feel too!

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Chinchilla, one of the most luxurious fur one can desire

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Is it a blanket? I would definitively sleep in that!

 Images from Fashion Gone Rogue

100 Days of Fur: Day 65

To read the full story on the 100 Days of Fur experiment, click here.

While I hoped that there would be exciting things to report throughout this experiment, I have come to accept that it has been highly uneventful. Yes, I have been warm. I’ve had beautiful furs given to me by supporters of the experiment, sent from Montreal, Toronto, and as far as Germany. And I have felt glamorous. But anyone who tells you that you’ll get spat on or harassed if you wear fur is lying, as I’ve not witnessed  a single negative reaction to my 100 days of fur, or at least the 65 days so far.

I’ll be taking a week off starting Saturday, as I’m going on holiday to Maui, and I am not even going to pretend that there’s a reason to be wearing fur when all I want to wear is bikinis. But I am passing the reigns onto my good friend Rebecca, who wil be wearing fur on my behalf. I will introduce her later on in the week.

In the meantime, here is one of my favourite fur pieces, a sheared beaver scarf. On rainy days, particularly when I am walking the dog and I don’t want to wear my beautiful fur through the rainy, wet forest, I keep myself warm with the scarf. It is super cosy and soft.

The scarf from Starlight Furs and is part of the Beautifully Canadian range, which is a label that identifies fur apparel & accessories handcrafted in Canada by master furriers.

Fur Tips: How to Store a Fur Coat

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In an ideal world, fur coats are stored with furriers. A good furrier will have a storage facility which is kept at 16 degrees and 40% humidity, which is the ideal conditions to preserve furs (this has been scientifically proven.) Fur coats should be stored professionally in the summer months, and can be kept at home in the winter, or can simply be taken out of storage when needed.

It is usually not worth it to professionally storing vintage furs, anything over 20 years old, as the fur will be nearing end of life. Walter, the master furrier at Papaps Furs, told me that beaver, fox, and water animals tend to stay in good condition for 20-25 years, and mink, persian lamb, marten, and any other cats (ex. lynx) can last about 30 years. Any pieces older than this should be worn and enjoyed, but know that they are, well, senior citizens in the fur world.

If you are really concerned with preserving your fur, particularly if it is expensive, it is worth it to store. Storage often costs around $100 a year, which is the price of about one coffee per week…well worth it for a great investment piece, isn’t it?

But if you are like me, and you have a collection of mostly vintage furs that aren’t valuable enough to store professionally, then here are some tips on how to store your furs at home.

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Of course it is near to impossible to create conditions that ensure a constant 16 degree temperature and 40% humidity in your home closet, so here are a few tips that can help you in storing your furs so that they have a long lifespan.

  • Walter says that it is more likely that the conditions in a home are too humid, rather than too dry. Avoid storing furs in a basement, where it can be quite moist. Too much humidity can result in a mouldy lining.
  • Ideally you want to store the furs in a place where there is no direct sunlight, and not too much heat. Walter suggests a bedroom, providing you don’t keep yours too warm.
  • The furs need to hang freely, don’t try to stuff too many in a closet. They need space! And use a proper hanger, hang the coat by its shoulders.
  • If you don’t use them frequently, or during the summer months, cover your furs with cotton garment bags or cotton sheets, not plastic (the fur needs to breathe!)

If you decide to store your furs professionally, Walter suggest you ask the furrier them how they store. He says a few furriers will just stick the furs in a back room, and charge you, even though it is the same conditions you’d create at home. Make sure the storage is 16 degrees and 40% humidity. Ask to see the storage area, I’ve been into the one at Pappas several times, there shouldn’t be anything to hide if you just want to have a peek to see if the conditions are good.

Thanks to Walter from Pappas Furs, who kindly supplied me with this useful information.

100 Days of Fur: Day 57

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This is the muskrat coat I wore to Montreal last week. I was there Thursday and Friday (my first time in Montreal in the winter!) and the coat kept me very warm. Someone told me it was the underside of the muskrat, and in Germany it is commonplace to use only one part of the muskrat in a coat, whereas in Canada you’d use the whole pelt in a garment.

I love the soft leather belt.

The coat was a very kind gift from Trendfurs in Germany. They are a family-owned company who sell both second had and new furs, and they have an atelier where they can custom make furs pieces for clients. I’ll be posting photos of more of the beautiful pieces they have sent me in the next few days.

Keeping Warm

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Left, Burberry Prorsum rabbit jacket, and right, Maison Michel fox fur hat.

Here are a few gorgeous accessories featured in a recent Vogue Paris online story about keeping warm and stylish (by the way, congratulations to Emmanuelle Alt, the new Editor of French Vogue!) You can see the rest of the story here, these were a few of my favourite pieces.

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Left, Christian Louboutin coyote boot, and right, Céline rabbit shoe.

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Left, Marc Jacobs mink bag, and right, D&G coyote bag.


100 Days of Fur: Day 50

To read the full story on the 100 Days of Fur experiment, click here.

I am officially half way through my experiment, and thankfully there has been very little to report. Although it doesn’t make for much good blog reading. I walked the dog today up in the mountains in a new-to-me vintage white rabbit coat, which was very warm and cosy. Fur has really become a part of my every day life, and although I miss some of my non-fur coats (who are feeling quite neglected right now), there has not been a moment this winter where I have been cold.

I will be going to Montreal at the end of this week, and I guess that will be the ultimate fur test. Vancouver can get cold, but it isn’t necessary to wear fur the entire winter, whereas in Montreal, fur can be a lifesaver. One of my favourite quotes from a Montreal-based fur council employee was “I used to hate winter until I bought a fur coat and an SUV. Now I love it.” Looking forward to putting my furs to the ultimate cold-weather test!

Alana Zimmer in Numéro Tokyo

The furs in this shoot look absolutely stunning, and I love that all the pieces have fur trims rather than fur all-over. Fur sleeves, or leathering techniques (this time in a triangular pattern) are a great alternative to having a whole fur coat.

Photography by Jannis Tsipoulanis for Numéro Tokyo December 2010 issue.

Images from Fashion Gone Rogue.