It all boils down to this: If you’re against fur, can you be OK with vintage fur? Because that’s what I was most attracted to at the Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire (and I would never buy new fur even if I could afford it). I know where I came down: Yes, I decided vintage fur is O.K. in my book. Honor the animal, right? What else can be done? Throw it away? That seems like a worse choice than wearing, using, loving the garment.
Of course there was LOTS more at the fair other than vintage fur, as you can see in my photos below. There was tons of amazing jewelry, including some very covetable silver from Wa Ha Ka, bakelite bangles from the ’20s and ’30s from Luxe Vintage (luxedeco at sbcglobal dot net if you’d like to learn more, or they’ll be at the SF Modernism Show June 9 and 10). There were ’70s kaftans galore, and hippie wedding dresses to browse until the cows came home at Daughters of Simone.
But what I came home with were TWO furs, one Mongolian lamb in amazing condition, and one cropped, bold-shouldered rabbit. Completely different looks; I had to get both! And I got an amazing deal: both for $200. The fair was Friday and Saturday only, but don’t worry, it will be back in September!
In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you think about vintage fur. Refinery29 hosted a discussion on vintage fur ethics, which is great food for thought. Hit me in the comments below!