My first 8 days of fur wearing have been completely hassle and abuse-free. However, the past few days have ended up being a fur learning curve for me, as my last post about my fur problems resulted in some very educational responses from people working in the fur industry.
Rather than recap what I have learnt, I am quoting one of the lovely people from the fur industry, who shed (pardon the pun) some light on my fur problems.
The first one was the shedding, last week I left a trail of hairs everywhere I went…
“Your coats are shedding because they are vintage, but also (especially) because RABBIT is one of the most FRAGILE (and least expensive) of all the furs. Fox can also be quite fragile. You wouldn’t be having the same problem with mink or beaver or raccoon or other stronger furs. So it’s great that the price of rabbit is accessible (and it is soft, and fun, and a by-product of food production), but the price you pay is that it is quite fragile and often sheds (although I hear that some of the rabbits now being sold are dressed differently and are stronger….especially the “Rex Rabbits” — which can mimic chinchilla — which is another fragile but expensive fur.)”
And with regards to worries about wearing my bag on the shoulder, and therefore destroying the the fur on the shoulder…
“As for wearing out the shoulders….same story. One has to be very careful with fragile furs; not really for mink, beaver and stronger furs.”
My grandmother's beaver coat.
I wasn’t surprised to find out all of my coats were cheap and old, I figured this would be the root of my fur problems. So I told my mother I was desperate for a beaver coat, and she whipped out the number above. It belonged to my grandmother in France. It is very heavy, but has a great cut as it nips in at the waist. And it is WARM. I will be wearing it this week.
However these past few days have also a very sad time for my fur collection. I have a beautiful fox and leather coat which I love dearly, and which is now falling apart. The coat is black leather and has chevrons of white fox. I wore it work on Thursday, and one of the chevrons tore. I managed to patch it up long enough to get me through the day, but the rest of the chevrons were beginning to tear as well.
The following day I took it to Pappas furs, and showed it to Walter, the Master Furrier there. He told me to throw the coat away (SOB!) This was not the first time this has happened, in England a few years ago I was told by a fantastic furrier there to throw away a gorgeous mink blazer as it had been infected by moths. Walter told me my chevron number had “dry rot.” We then discussed the dangers of buying second hand furs (I had paid $100 for that coat, and I have only worn it twice) and so I have decided to follow up with a guide on buying second hand furs. Watch this space.
Fortunately the Pappas trip was not all disaster. I left them with a beautiful fox skin which Walter is transforming into a scarf for me, as well as a blue and a fuchsia fox tail which will be transformed into trinkets I can hang off a handbag. And I took home the beautiful number above. This tent-shaped grey coat has incredible volume and beautiful puffed sleeves. I can’t wait to debut my two newly acquired furs this week!