Light & Airy Furs

Light, airy, fluffy are words typically associated with soufflés and desserts more often than fur coats and jackets. But it is true that today’s furs are substantially lighter than they were a generation ago and–even more so than a few decades back. That’s where the vintage drawbacks kick-in.

Sapphire Mink Stroller from Marc Kaufman Furs

For his Spring ’09 presentation for Revillon, Peter Dundas said his recent travels north piqued his taste for 1960′s Scandinavian design. “It just colored off on me,” the designer explained. “I wanted something simple, essential, and upbeat—it’s time to be sweet now.” This translated into watercolor shades of lavender or green for constructed shift dresses punctuated with leaflike cutouts or flowers anchored with crystals, worn with a mink bolero or a jacket in knitted fox.

For vintage fashion aficionados, nothing feels and reads better than sporting something made in days gone by, appreciating all its period details down to the impeccable finish and overall look. For those who are not used to sporting vintage fashion, the weight can be a deterrent. That 1950s Pierre Cardin wool coat or 6os Chanel tweed jacket are, by today’s standards, stiff and heavy (still, that is relative!).

Dita Von Teese in a vintage 1940s ensemble

Carmen Dell’Orefice wearing Pierre Cardin, Paris 1957. Photo by Richard Avedon

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel fitting a model, 1960s

Furriers of late have mastered the lightness touch with various treatments including thinning the leather side of the fur, sewing strips of fur onto textile shells and using laser cutting. To say that furs are now featherweight isn’t that much of a stretch. From shearing to reversible furs to fur textile applications, what is currently being offered is so light in weight and bulk it is nothing short of incredible.

Anna Dello Russo taking her Fendi fur out for a stroll

Weiku’s Laser Cutting and Splitting Machine for Leather and Fur

Alexander McQueen – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Fur Laser Cutting Machine

Jean Paul Gaultier- Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Like with anything luxury based, taking the plunge shouldn’t break the bank, hence, pre-owned (previously enjoyed, second-hand) might be the best and wisest way to go. That said, trying on a few of these new featherweight pieces might simply seal the deal for a new fur purchase.

Roberto Cavalli – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Dennis Basso – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Burberry – Fall 2012-Winter 2013 (White fox and white mink trimmed sweater)

Gucci – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Paco Rabanne – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

We have a beautiful collection of unique designer furs for rent at every price range. If you are interested in renting a fur, come in and see what kinds of furs we have in stock and what’s available for fur rental in your size.

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Red Fox Fur Stroller with Belt & Hood, exclusively from Marc Kaufman Furs in NYC

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