The Ethics Of Vintage Fur

October 10, 2010 • Magazine

The Ethics Of Vintage Fur

The Ethics Of Vintage Fur

Tue, 2000-10-10 00:00

Angel Cutsforth

As I’m sure everyone knows by now, fur is “in” this season. A way of bringing retro glamour and luxurious texture into your closet, but it couldn’t be more controversial. We’ve all seen the red paint thrown at stars who wear fur as an anti-fur statement, but is there a grey area for vintage fur?

Ask most vintage fashionistas and most of them will admit to having some fur in their closet, be it faux or real (vintage). The issue is: If the real fur you own is second hand or vintage does that make it ok?

According to animal rights activists, no. They claim that women who wear fur (real or faux) are glamorizing a material that is now frowned upon and thus cause more real fur to be used. However, in my opinion the damage from vintage or second hand fur has already been done. And there is no point causing waste and more things ending up in a refuse by not using what has already been made.

The creation of new rabbit fur and chinchilla fur coats is a bit harder for me to understand or swallow. I think that we should know better today and that a lot of faux furs are softer and easier to care for than real furs. As consumers if you have an issue with new furs, just don’t buy them. Then their manufacturers will realize that it isn’t cost effective to create these items.

I own a faux fur stole and cape. I used to own a real fur scarf from the 1950’s but didn’t find it easy to care for so I gave it up. To be honest no matter which side of the debate you fall on I think the important thing is to think before you buy (and just so you know vintage fur is a hell of a lot cheaper than modern fur).

1. Vintage Fur Scarf $29
2. Vintage Fur Coats
3. Full Length Vintage Mink Coat $650
4. Roselyn Sanchez for PETA

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