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  • Cynthia Hendrick
    ... From: Andrea Cimino To: fur-international@lists.rbgi.net Subject: [Fur-int] Fashion s appetite for (seal) fur returns to catwalk Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005
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      From: Andrea Cimino
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      Subject: [Fur-int] Fashion's appetite for (seal) fur returns to
      Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 12:15:04 -0500



      Fashion's appetite for fur returns to catwalk

      Jess Cartner-Morley, fashion editor
      Thursday March 31, 2005
      The Guardian

      In the late 19th century Louis Vuitton's first suitcases, in crocodile
      or ostrich skin, were lined with snakeskin or sealskin. The tastes of
      consumers of luxury goods have changed surprisingly little since.
      Sealskin it seems is in demand once again. Despite EU restrictions on
      the import of seal fur from pups, sealskin continues to appear on
      European catwalks. Despite denials, it has been reported that coats,
      tunics and dresses of sealskin have recently been included in Louis
      Vuitton collections, while in 1998, Donatella Versace included sealskin
      suits in her first collection after taking over from her late brother

      In the past decade, the use of sealskin in fashion has been spurred by
      the growth of a market for luxury goods in eastern Europe where fur has
      always been desired for its warmth. In Russia, sealskin is seen as an
      affordable alternative to more expensive furs such as mink or sable. A
      seal coat can be bought for as little as £2,000 - roughly one-fifth of
      the price of mink.

      The sleek, glossy fur of the seal is also in keeping with current
      trends. The thick, plush furs once favoured by wealthy women - a look
      epitomised by Joan Collins in the 1980s - are now out of favour, with
      designers and consumers preferring a silkier, less bulky finish. Shaved
      mink (the fur is literally shaved, leaving only a layer of cropped down)
      is favoured by upscale labels including Christian Dior, Hermes and
      Alberta Ferretti. Knitted rabbit fur, which gives a less fluffy, more
      light-reflective surface, is another designer favourite.

      Sealskin has a velvet-like finish, not unlike shaved mink which is
      considered more modern. They also give a slimmer silhouette to the
      wearer and are sought after by affluent Muscovites who wish to flaunt
      their wealth, without concealing their figures.

      Despite restrictions on its use, sealskin can be difficult to track. The
      Rieber group, one of the world's major processors of seal pelts,
      transports Canadian pelts to a tannery in Bergen, Norway, from where
      they are sold to manufacturers. While some pelts are made into
      ostentatious fur coats, offcuts are used as decorative trims on shoes,
      or to make wallets. Sealskin is also used to make traditional Scottish
      sporrans for sale in specialist shops in the UK.
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