Faux Real?

February 1, 2010 • Fashion


Cruella DeVille is a great example of what we should do with manufacturers that dupe us into wearing dog fur.

About a couple of years ago, I decided to no longer support fur in fashion. One of the main reasons why I decided to go fur-less was because of the sight of raccoon dog being skinned alive for a coat. After seeing that poor little canine being mistreated like that, I kissed my fur-buying days goodbye and opted for a future of "faking it".

In the beginning, it was hard for me to adjust since I missed the incredible hand of real fur but as the technology advanced in synthetic fibers, it became hard for me to tell the difference. To help me assist with separating the two, I started to rely solely on the label, and boy was that a big mistake on my part!

Apparently, there is a loop-hole in the federal law that allows fur valued less than $150 to go unlabeled. Making it easier for clothing manufacturers to confuse the consumer into believing that they're buying a faux fur piece when in actuality, they might be buying an item made out of raccoon dog.

After realizing that I might be adorning myself with a small canine from Asia, I whipped through my closet to make sure I didn't get duped into buying real fur. I am happy to report that all my pieces tested negative for dog or any other type of animal. If you would like to test your own pieces to see if it's faux or real, just pull back a few strands of hair to see if it's attached to skin or do a burn test of a few locks to see if it smells like singed hair and it does, you got the real McCoy.

I hope this post will save a few people from being duped as they shop for supposedly faux trimmed pieces. I never want to get stuck in this kind of hairy situation again, so please pass this knowledge along to any of your friends that have made the conscientious choice of going fur-less.

-Yen Le

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Source: blackbookmag, sfgat, hsus

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One Response to Faux Real?

  1. Lauren says:

    Also, there is a “fur” called Lippi Cat, which is domestic house cat illegally imported from China. See me post all the way at the bottom…
    Great post, there needs to be more awareness on this subject!

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