Sunday, 1 January 2017

Thoughts Please

As you can see from the picture I have already made my decision, but I would still appreciate your thoughts.
Fur? Yes or no?
I found this jacket in a local antique/secondhand shop just before Christmas.  Speaking to the owner I discovered it is made of red squirrel skins.  This isn't as horrendous as it sounds as it dates from the 1930s - 40s when the Canadian red squirrel population was a serious problem and the animals were being culled.  Rather than waste the gorgeous fur it was shipped to UK and Europe and made into clothing by skilled furriers.  This practice apparently ended during the Suez Crisis when shipping the skins became uneconomical.
I absolutely fell in love with the coat, the colour and sheen are wonderful.  It is recycling.  It is warm.  It makes me feel good.
But, I do appreciate the anti-fur lobby may not be friendly about it, which is why I would like your opinion, dear reader.