Vintage Vantage. No Animals Were (Recently) Harmed in the Making of This Coat

January 8, 2009 • Fashion


The Care and Feeding of Vintage Fur

Becky Ellis for Second City Style Magazine

Back in the 90s, celebrities were hopping on PETA’s “I’d rather go
naked than wear fur” bandwagon. Now, some of the same celebrities are
sporting pelts in one of the season’s warmest — if not hottest —
trends. Some who want in on the look but can’t bear the ethical
burden — or the price tag — of buying new fur see vintage fur as a way
around the debate.
Whether it’s a beloved grandmother’s mink stole
or a vest picked up at Goodwill, advocates say it’s a form of
recycling, that it honors the animal who made the ultimate sacrifice
decades before the wearer was born. Detractors argue that it still
glorifies fur as a trend and condones cruel treatment of animals for
the sake of fashion.

Whether or not to indulge is your call. But if you choose to buy
vintage fur, chances are you haven’t had extensive training in its
purchasing and care. Here are a few things to consider.

Buying Vintage Fur

Shake That Money-Taker
Fur that sheds more than a few stray hairs when given a good, hard
shake probably doesn’t have much life left in it. If you’re buying
online, ask the seller how much the item sheds before buying or bidding.

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