Tuesday, November 11, 2008

It was quite chilly this morning

Maybe I can finally pull out my (faux) furry hat.

Kind of wishing I bought the real one I found at a vintage store this summer. It fit me perfectly, but it was a little mangy. And I felt funny wearing it.

Would anyone care to weigh in on fur? If you buy it vintage are you honoring the animal? Putting one fewer *new* fur hat/coat/stole on the market? Or are you just glamorizing the thing?

There is a lot of fur going on right now.

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  1. I am anti-fur, but... because, and ONLY because it is vintage... that kind of weighs into the whole reduce, reuse, recycle.

    But, my $.02 on fur is that it looks mangey, mo matter what.

  2. Personally I think that real fur is never ok, vintage or otherwise. Just because the animal was killed decades ago doesn't make it any more pleasant than if it was killed last week.

    Although I do agree that now it is dead it is better worn than thrown out, but I couldn't stomach wearing it myself. Aside from it just feeling disgusting to be wearing fur I would feel I was glamorising it.

    Seeing people wearing real fur in the street makes me furious. Thankfully it's considered pretty unacceptable in the UK but I really struggle when I go to Europe.

  3. I don't have any problem with vintage fur. What's done is done, get some use out of it.
    As far as new furs...I look at it the same way I do meat. I'm not ok with factory farming, but I'm all about eating them if the animal was raised properly. That said, I don't think I could wear the majority of furs. It just doesn't work for me.
    Leather though? I'm a complete sucker.

  4. i don't mind fur... that is, i don't get particularly offended when someone wears it. however, i don't own any myself.

  5. That is so funny, I just posted on my site about exactly this question! I got a crazy deal on a vintage stole and I would never have bought it from a store.

    Here is how soothed my guilty conscience, I figured that I don't buy new furs because that would be supporting the fur industry (i.e. paying them, creating more demand, causing more little critters to be killed) but buying a vintage fur from someone who is not going to wear it again doesn't feed the cycle. At least, that is what I keep telling myself. Hope that helps!

  6. I'm with Bridechka on this one :)

  7. Okay I have to confess I bought a persian lamb coat at the flea market two years ago and it's just been hanging in my closet.

    But you have a point, caitstclair. I could never give up *leather*

  8. You should go to the bathroom now, cause I've got a lot to say about this...I am BTW new to your blog...I am dietarily (is that a word??)a vegan, however, I do wear vintage leather and fur. If you look at the big picture, it is obvious to me that to reuse something already out there,that will break down in the landfill quickly (vs pleather and fake fur, which do not), I think it is most appropriate. I came to this understanding when I was making decisions about a car which would be converted to run on veggie oil, and at the time most converts were Reagan era Benz's (leather interior), so I figured it was better to buy something that had leather interior, that was already produced and was more environmentally friendly, than to be so identified with being "vegan", sometimes there are sacrifices for the greater good. These are the thoughts that go through my head. Love your blog.

  9. Luckaleck, you inspired me to wear the coat last night!

  10. I´m with you guys, vintage fur is way better than fake fur!