The Politics Of Fur In America
Fur coat and cultural dissonance are not necessarily two components that one would string together under ordinary circumstances. However,contextually,they feed a larger,over arching narrative in American socio-economic politics. The fur coat represents a smaller skirmish on a larger battlefield of socio-economic empowerment. The fur coat,while in the grand scheme of human evolution represents next to nothing, serves as a visible platform of “economic arrival” for many. The politics of fur in America is deeper than one would think.
The Harlem Renaissance: Flash Point
The fur coat has long been perceived as a status symbol amongst larger demographic groups in the United States of America. This unique luxury item was(is) perceived as both fashionably chic and practical . It signaled an arrival into a rarefied sphere of economic success and stability. Segments of other socio-economic groups clamored and envisioned themselves adorned in such an item. The belief was that enough hard work and savings would one day enable them to attain to the same secure status of economic arrival and stability. This was the thought process. The reality was further from that process than many knew. However, some were able to attain it. The Harlem Renaissance was an era of mild prosperity that enabled other socio-economic groups to wash in the glorious arrayment of fur luxury,and status.
Harlem was the cultural epicenter of New York City at one point. “Uptown” was the place to be on any given weekend. It was awash with human vibrancy. It was an entertainment and culinary destination point for the well heeled and established power brokers of New York’s elite class. Fashionably dressed patrons of distinction attired themselves in the best,contemporary styles of the day. The fur coat ,of course,was the exclamatory punctuation mark on any wardrobe ensemble. It immediately designated one as having flourished and achieved material success,at least to the indiscriminate eye. It was here,that some of the working denizens of Harlem set their sights on working towards and acquiring the same status,at least in terms of wardrobe. The primary fashion acquisition being the fur coat in all of it’s glory and prestige.
Fur Furor Forward
The 60′,70’s,80’s and 90’s fur story evolved and engrained itself within certain socio-economic groups in the United States,while diminishing in the larger US demographic. The politicization of the fur coat and fur related products from special interest groups coincided with an all out fashion inclusion of fur related product amongst other groups. These other groups had worked themselves onto an economic platform that allowed them to purchase and own fur luxury items once relegated to certain socio-economic demography within America.
Many from the entertainment,sporting and political realms within the smaller socio-economic groups in America found themselves now adorned in beautiful,fashion forward fur coats and fur related products. These were tokens they gave to themselves for having worked to attain a level of economic success. Unfortunately,their ascension to this level of fur ownership was undercut by an ever increasing drumbeat from the larger,dominant class demographic in the United Staes to cease and desist from the manufacturing and sale of fur related product. Thus, the cultural dissonance amongst classes concerning fur in America ensued.
Fur Coats are Here to Stay
The fur coat is here to stay,in one fashion or another. Regardless of the limited narrative assigned to fur product on the part of a small set of special interest groups in America,fur coat design and production continues in the United States…for all groups. Marc Kaufman Furs is a centuries old,multi generational family furrier group. They have operated as fur designers and fur manufacturers at the highest qualitative level for nearly 150 years. They have serviced all classifications and groups of global citizenry without reservation or preference. Marc Kaufman Furs is a primary furrier of choice worldwide. They have seen it all and done it all as far as fur production and fur design is concerned. Their global online sales store is operational 365 days a year in all time zones. The flagship store for Marc Kaufman Furs is located in New York City,212 west 30th street. It is located minutes away from the world famous Herald Square. Feel free to shop Marc Kaufman Furs for all of your fur needs.