It is difficult to understand why in the 21st century real animal fur is still a thing. With so many faux-fur brands and other cruelty-free fabric options available, there’s no reason why anyone should wear real fur.
One of the excuses I often hear is that real animal fur provides the best protection from cruel winters. I have a one word reply to that: insulate. 50 million animals a year should not die for the purpose of keeping humans warm, or to feed peoples vanity.
The main culprit behind keeping the fur industry alive, and feeding the egos of vain consumers, is the fashion industry. Besides the classic full length fur coat, fashion designers often use animal fur for handbags, shoes, trims, and even useless trinkets like key-chains.
For years, the fashion industry has misled consumers into thinking that fur is a by-product of the meat industry, and that fur trim is the leftover from full length fur coats. Both are lies. Fur is taken from animals that are trapped or factory farmed solely for their fur. And each year, thousands of animals are killed simply to provide fur trim.
Luckily, with a growing number of ethical consumers and pressure from animal rights groups, the fashion industry has started to make due changes. Although there’s still a long way to go, each year more and more fashion designers are pledging to go fur-free and adapt faux-fur. In addition, many celebrities are making the choice to only be dressed by anti-fur designers.
Dame Helen Mirren stole the show wearing a faux-fur coat by Pelush New York during the December 2016 premiere of Collateral Beauty. Proving not only that faux-fur is compassionate, but also fashionable.
Understandably, we all can’t dish out 4 figures on Pelush New York faux-fur. But thankfully there are several faux-fur brands out there making high quality, fashionable faux-fur pieces at regular people prices.
To those that have wanted the look of fur without the cruelty and without the astronomical prices, here’s a list of 10 faux-fur brands priced in the low to mid 100’s.
Affordable Faux-Fur Brands
Adela Queen specializes in fashion and luxury faux fur coats. Their faux-fur is sourced from Switzerland and Japan, and 100% handmade in Asia. For every $100 spent, Adela Queen donates $1 to various worldwide animal protection organizations.
If you become a member, which is absolutely free, they will send you a complementary faux leopard print infinity scarf.
My absolute favorite coat is Impression Brown Sable Faux Fur Coat with Hood. This beauty would look gorgeous paired with a classy dress, and even dark blue jeans with tall boots. But I live in South Florida and I would look absolutely ridiculous walking the streets of Miami in a furry coat. ?
Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs
A faux-fur pioneer, Donna Salyers’ started Fabulous Furs from her basement in 1989, after hearing on the radio that cats were being skinned alive to be sold as mink teddy bears. She was on the way to buy a mink coat when she heard this broadcast. Now that’s what you call serendipity.
Since then, Fabulous Furs has been featured on many TV shows and magazines, and sold in over 1,000 high-end retail stores. But don’t let the “high-end” tag fool you. Many of her pieces sell in the low $100’s.
Hand-crafted and designed in London, Faux England specializes in outerwear, fashion accessories, and home accessories. They even carry a small bridal selection. Check out this adorable and affordable bridal Eloise Mink Bolero Jacket. And shipping from England to the US is only about $21!
Helen Moore England
Helen Moore England is a one stop shop for faux-fur. You can find men’s and women’s fashion, children’s fashion, fashion accessories, home accessories, and a wedding collection. Even hot water bottles and Christmas stockings! Their entire collection is manufactured in the UK, and delivery to the US is only about $13.
The British have taken over this list with our third UK brand, jakke. Unlike most faux-fur brands that tend to go for a sophisticated look, jakkes’ designs are cool, casual, and fun, with bold colors and prints. My favorite jakke jacket is the Tammy DOT. Take a guess why? Tammy is so popular that it sold out in most sizes (as of the date of this post). But what can you expect with such a cool name? ?
La Seine et Moi is a French faux-fur brand started by Parisian, Lydia Bahia. Her inspiration behind the brand were her trips to New York. “All she wanted was to provide warmth under those rainy, hazy and tingling snowy days with softness and style.” Sooo, maybe faux-fur can be as warm as real fur after all?
Although the coats and jackets are a bit pricier than the rest in this list, many of her accessories are priced in the low to mid $100’s.
I love the story behind this brand because it is a story that many people, including myself, can relate to. Pandemonium Millinery was started in 1992 as a custom clothing house by struggling designer, Leigh Young. At the time, she also worked for several Seattle area designers while producing her own line in her spare time. While working for one of these designers, she discovered her passion for hats and switched her business focus from clothing to hats. She named the brand “Pandemonium Hats.”
In 1997, still a struggling designer, Young decided to leave her steady design jobs and focus on her passion full time. The line has now expanded beyond hats to outerwear, scarfs, handbags, home décor, and even pet accessories.
My Mimi would look super cute in this furry doggy coat. But again, it’s not logical living in sunny South Florida, unless I want someone to call the ASPCA on me. ?
I admit that I’m not a fan of Shrimps designs; they’re a bit too off the wall for me. But I have to give credit where credit is due. Shrimps caused a frenzy during their 2014 London Fashion Week debut. All eyes were on Shrimps, proving that fur can be faux to be desirable.
A lot of Shrimps’ pieces were sold out on the day that I published this post, so obviously, they have a lot of fans and you should definitely check them out. The fact that it’s not my style is not affecting them at all. Maybe I’m not as powerful as I think I am. ?
SpiritHoods tagline perfectly sums up the brand, “Animal Inspired Faux Fur Hoods.” I would describe these as long hoodies with animal ears and paws. Hmmm, I’m thinking that maybe I can get away with a spirit hood in South Florida. They are sleeveless. ?
Although their main product is the spirit hood, they also sell regular faux-fur jackets and coats (without the ears and paws), and blankets. 10% of all sales are donated to organizations that aid in conserving endangered animals.
Unreal Fur is a PETA approved faux-fur Australian brand. Some of their crafters’ actually worked with animal fur in the past but decided to use their talents in a more ethical fashion. It’s never too late to do the right thing.
The icing on the cake… Unreal Fur offers free international shipping and free returns, so what do you have to lose?
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