Vintage Fur jacket GIVEAWAY!

100 days of fur was a personnal experiment and it has been a great opportunity to learn a lot about different fur types and styles. I received great support from the fur industry, which was wonderful because I had thousands of questions (thank you again Beautifully Canadian, Fur Council of Canada and Pappas Furs). I also want to give special thanks to Theo from Trend Furs who sent me a special package all the way from Germany: a box full of vintage furs, including a beautiful jacket that I wore at London Fashion Week. Also thanks to Steven Goodman, in Toronto, who also sent me some fabulous vintage to round out my wardrobe!

I want to share the generosity with my readers so I saved this coat for a GIVEAWAY!

After asking around, we came to the conclusion that this coat is made from mink pieces — the parts cut off when the original coat was trimmed to the pattern. The oval shapes create a beautiful effect. The pictures don’t do it justice, the fur is really lustrous, light brown with golden tones, in great condition for a vintage piece. The lining was worn, so my friends at Beautifully Canadian asked Montreal designer Minos at Jean Crisan Furs to change it. The jacket fits a size 8 or 10 US, but as you can see in the photo, it can be belted to fit smaller, and can probably work on a size 12 too!

Here is your chance to be the proud owner of a vintage fur coat! Easy steps to enter the giveaway:
– Follow us on FaceBook and Twitter
– Leave a comment on this post!
– Winner will be chosen at random.
– Contest ends Friday, April 8th.

(The winner will be contacted via the email you use for the comments form)

Good luck!

100 Days of Fur: Day 100!

I have completed my experiment! Every day, for the past 100 days, I have worn a piece of fur. I have been out to prove that wearing fur on the street is both safe, fashionable, and warm. Throughout the past 100 days, I have worn fur scarves, stoles, hats, bags, jackets, coats, and I’ve dangled fox tails from my handbags. Not a single furry garment generated a negative comment or a dirty look. Anyone who tells you that you’ll have blood thrown on you or you will be spat on if you wear fur, is absolutely wrong.

My experiment was primarily on the streets of Vancouver, but I also went to Montreal with my fur (no problem there, the Quebecois love fur) and I wore fur at London Fashion Week. I thought the highest risk of negativity would be in London, as the British are the most anti-fur of the European countries. But my doubts were quashed as I found myself not only surrounded by other fur-wearing folk, but attending shows and viewing collections with tons of fur.

A blurry photo taken in a rush on the way to work! Day 100.

So what have I learnt? Fur is warm. Fur makes me feel glamourous. Fur is cosy. Fur can sometimes be delicate. My dog loves fur. I want more fur.

And how has the experiment changed me? Moving forward, I will definitely be wearing more fur in the winter. And if I could afford it, I’d be wearing the Prada fox stoles every day this summer too…

I’d like to thank the companies who have supported this experiment, particularly Trend Furs, Starlight Furs, Pappas Furs, the Fur Council of Canada, and to Steve in Toronto.

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

100 Days of Fur: Day 97

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

The experiment is coming to an end soon, and so far, I have nothing to report. Well, there is of course a lot to report, but nothing negative. In the past 97 days, I have not had one single negative reaction to my wearing fur everyday on the street. This, and the fact that fur definitely seems to be making a comeback on the catwalks, leads me to believe that it is becoming more acceptable and less shocking to wear fur. Yay! I will do a full reflection on this at the end of the experiment.

London fashion week, as I mentioned a few days ago, had an abundance of fur, not only on the catwalks, but also on the streets. In fact, I was in East London’s Spitalfield’s market yesterday, and there seemed to be much more vintage fur on sale than usual. I’ve been wearing my red fox stole or muskrat jacket everyday, and have had nothing but positive reactions. (In fact, I think my muskrat coat may be a bit of man-magnet. I have had several men, in Vancouver and London, stop me in my tracks and compliment me on the muskrat coat. It is strange, as this is the only one that seems to get this reaction. And most of them were nice looking guys too… This experiment is more fun than I thought!)

I visited the London fashion week exhibition on Tuesday, to see some of the designer’s collections up close, and I was surprised that even the very small, new brands seem to be adding fur to their collections.

Here is are some photos of David Koma‘s autumn winter 2011 collection. The sales guy told me it was wolf, which I found surprising as it looks like fox. He was quickly corrected by the other rep, who confirmed it was indeed fox! The bright coloured pompoms are very cute.
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Holly Fulton‘s autumn winter collection featured some very beautiful fur appliques, I love how this dress featured petals of ponyskin and tufts of fur.
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And the fur trims on these dresses add great volume. I love the pearl details too!
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100 Days of Fur: Day 92

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I am in London for fashion week, and to be honest, I was a bit scared of wearing fur. The British are known for their anti-fur stances, even British Vogue refuses to put any fur items in their magazine, unless they are animals we consume as food (clearly they are complete hypocrites, something to discuss another day.) But when I turned up at my first show on Friday night, I couldn’t believe how many people were wearing fur. It was everywhere!

It was so good to see that the young and fashionable are piling on the fur, there has clearly been a shift in the past few years (and this was confirmed to me by the creative director at Hockley, the British fur brand, more on this later) and it seems that consumers are more willing to invest in fur. It seems the green argument is winning them over, as well as their realisation that it is hypocritical to wear leather and be against fur.

Here are a few photos I took, but this is only a fraction of the beautiful fur I am seeing every day here in London! And by the way, I’ve brought a few scarves, my fox stole, and my muskrat jacket (from Trend Furs, thank you again!), and I’ve had nothing but compliments from the people of London!

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100 Days of Fur: Day 82

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First of all, thanks to Rebecca Tay to filling in for me while I was fur-less in Maui. To read her posts, click here and here.

I am coming up to the last few days of my experiment (my wool coats will be very pleased to know this) and I will be spending nine of those last days attending London Fashion Week (and wearing fur, of course.)

Last week I had one of my most exciting fur moments so far… I picked up a custom-made fox stole from Pappas Furs, which I had made from a pelt I’ve had for 13 years. I’ve documented the process with a few photos. This will be one of my main pieces for London Fashion Week (I won’t be able to bring more than one or two coats in my suitcase, it will have to be all about the fur accessories!)

First, I brought in this snow-tip fox pelt (it is dyed red and the tips are bleached, hence called “snow tip”) and showed it to Walter, the Master Furrier at Pappas Furs.

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The fur on this pelt is very thick and lustrous, it is a fox from a Scandinavian farm.

First, he tested the elasticity of the pelt to see if it was still in good quality, and then he suggested a few options of what I could do with it. We decided on a scarf. Walter made a muslin for me (using a fake fur) and I came in a few weeks later to try it on.

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I returned a few weeks later to pick up the finished product. The scarf itself was way longer than the pelt, and there were no visible seams. By investigating the remnants, I was able to figure out that Walter had used the letting out technique to construct the scarf. The is a technique where a pelt is slit into many long, thin strips, which are then re-sewn together to make a larger, longer piece. Here is an image of one of the leftover scraps, and a photo of a fur swatch of the letting out technique.

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Center image shows some of the seaming used in the scarf, and right image shows how the seams are totally invisible from the right side of the fur.

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A sample of the letting out technique.

And here is the finished product! I tested it out yesterday and I LOVE it. It is super soft and extremely versatile. Can’t wait to show it off properly!

100 Days of Fur: Day 79

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Rebecca Tay is taking over the experiment and wearing fur for 8 days while Yasmine is in Hawaii    

Even though my experiment with fur is over, I have to admit that it doesn’t really feel like anything is changing. Sure, I wore something furry everyday for 8 days, but it’s not like anyone even noticed. Sad face.    

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Danier fur toque. Image http://www.danier.com

Seriously, I think the biggest realizations were my own: I noticed how warm fur really is—and how much happier you are when it’s a million degrees below zero (or feels like it, anyway) and you’re warm and cozy. I also noticed how “cool” I felt wearing a statement-making fur piece: it’s the same feeling you get when you’ve got a killer handbag or pair of shoes on and you feel like everyone’s staring, in a good way. Even if no one is actually looking, I guess it’s just that whole “I feel like a million bucks” thing.   

On the last 5 days of me filling in for Yasmine, I wore the white fur coat a few more times, a cute little fur toque from Danier, which is amazingly stretchy and comfortable, a gigantic fur collar, and this new beaver “duvet” scarf from Starlight Furs for Beautifully Canadian, a Canadian company founded in 1982. It surprised me that beavers have some of the softest fur I’ve ever felt, but apparently, shearing or plucking the outer layer of fur reveals this amazing underlayer called the “duvet”. I want an actual duvet made of this stuff!    

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Thakoon Fall 2009 RTW. Image http://www.style.com

 

Another thing: while I have no new “news” to report from my experiment (seriously, I got a few compliments but no comments on my fur—and definitely no red paint!), 100 Days of Fur has made me appreciate all the amazing fur that has reemerged in fashion. I remember falling even more in love with Thakoon after attending his New York Fashion Week show in February 2009, when he showed brilliant fur-trimmed and full-on fur coats dyed shocking shades of pink, orange, and green. So amazing! Anna Dello Russo’s hot pink fur reminded me of that show. And if anyone knows her fashion, it’s Anna Dello Russo!    

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Anna dello Russo and her divine Prada fur stole. Image http://www.www.jakandjil.com

 

So while this marks the end of me filling in for Yasmine (welcome home!), you can still find me on the streets of Vancouver, continuing to wear fur (next on my list: a furry bag). Ciao!    

Rebecca Tay is a former western editor at FASHION Magazine. You can follow her via her Twitter account

100 Days of Fur: Day 72

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Rebecca Tay is taking over the experiment and wearing fur for 8 days while Yasmine is in Hawaii

While Yasmine is getting her sun on in Hawaii (lucky lady), I’m stuck here in Vancouver, where winter apparently lasts forever and the sun has decided to go into permanent retirement. Thank goodness for an interesting project!

My name is Rebecca Tay and I’m the former western editor at FASHION Magazine. Those who know me know that I love fashion, especially when it means getting dressed up, putting on ridiculous heels and bright red lipstick, and finishing with a fabulous topper—a fur one, if possible.

Rebecca Tay, fur coat, rabbit furWhen Yasmine first told me about the 100 Days of Fur two months ago, I thought it was a fantastic idea. You can imagine my surprise, then, when the time came to start my 8-day stint and I became suddenly apprehensive. What if this was, finally, the instance someone would take it upon themselves to hurl a can of bright red paint at me whilst screaming bloody murder? Uh-oh.

Alas, Saturday was my first day, and it was uneventful. Actually, that’s not true. I dove into the experiment by wearing a bright white, super-soft rabbit fur coat to brunch in Crosstown, to go shopping on Main Street, to do some errands on Davie Street, and, a few hours later, to dinner and dancing in Chinatown.Nowhere was I given a dirty look (that I noticed, anyway). Nowhere did someone stop me and say, “how dare you”. In fact, nowhere did I feel anything less than fabulous! At one point, a sales representative in a store on Davie said she loved my jacket, “especially since not everyone can wear fur.” I thanked her and thought to myself, maybe that’s because no one ever really tries to wear fur!

The best part of the day, though, came after dinner, when we headed to a gay club night at the Cobalt Motor Hotel. There, my fur coat made me the most popular girl in the club (sure, there weren’t that many girls there, but I can assure you, none of them were wearing a jacket as fabulous as mine). Lesson of Day 1: wear fur to gay clubs.

Days 2 and 3 have also been extremely uneventful: besides getting a few stares (though honestly, I think that was because I was walking along the Seawall wearing a gigantic fur scarf with Converse), I didn’t get any comments, abusive or otherwise. Instead, I’ve been warm—I’m one of those people who, without fail, leaves the house on the coldest day of the year wearing a spring jacket and no gloves—I’ve felt stylish, and, bottom line, I’m starting to like this experiment.

Rebecca Tay

*You can follow Rebecca’s experiences wearing fur here, and through her Twitter account

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.

100 Days of Fur: Day 65

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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.

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.