||[Jul. 19th, 2017|02:29 pm]
The Question Club
What are your feelings on the wearing of fur, TQC? Do you, would you? Does it matter if it's new versus second hand or vintage?|
I have a bit of a dilemma. I am not, in general, a big fan of the fur trade. I eat meat and wear leather (not exclusively, you understand), but fur seems more of an unnecessary luxury than a genuinely useful thing, to me. I'm less bothered by it in genuinely cold countries, where it is more of a need and less of a luxury, but I live in the UK, where temperatures rarely fall below freezing. I'm also less bothered by vintage fur than by new fur; my sister and I have a vintage clothes stall and we do sometimes acquire and sell real furs. Given that the alternative is for them to be thrown away, I figure they're OK, especially if they discourage people from buying new fur.
I recently picked up a rail of clothes in an auction; I bought it because there were a couple of vintage pieces in there, and I hadn't really paid much attention to what else was included. Turns out, there's a very beautiful jacket (by Escada, if anyone's into labels) which has what I initially assumed was a fake fur trim, but turns out to be mink. It's second-hand, but not vintage (well, I guess it's possible it's 90s, which seems to pass for vintage these days!). If it were fake fur, I would keep the jacket and enjoy wearing it. If it were 50 years old, I would also be comfortable wearing it. Given that it's modern, and real fur, do I keep it and wear it (and excuse it by remembering that it's second hand, bought as part of a lot rather than specifically for the fur), donate it to a charity shop (where at least it can raise a bit of money for a good cause), or trash it so as not to normalise or condone fur)?
DK/DC: picked up any great bargains recently?