I’ve never really had an interest in buying fur products, in fact quite the opposite. However my recent trip to Russia sparked my curiosity in the luxuriously soft material.
Everywhere I glanced I was greeted with sights of fur. Black, brown, white, stripy, spotty, I saw it all. Women would elegantly stride past me flaunting their elusive veneer. They looked well presented, affluent and beautiful.
I admired their attire, so I decided to look into purchasing some myself. I didn’t really like the idea of wearing a coat that would have caused an animal to die for its fur, so I decided to commence a search for a fake.
With all these women wearing fur coats, and seen as we are in the 21st century, ‘surely they can’t all be real?’ I thought to myself. I thought wrong.
On searching for a false fur coat I was unsuccessful (although I’m sure that they probably are available somewhere, I did not find any). I thought the market might sell false fur, but again I was wrong. In fact, I was shocked to find many real fur coats and hats for sale, of which I can only assume have been made illegally.
I browsed the coats and hats, intrigued by the selection and variety. They felt moorishly soft to touch and I’m sure they would do a wonderful job of keeping you warm in the blisteringly cold Russian weather.
I was approached by a worker who informed me that the coat I was looking at would cost me US$1000.
WOW! Now that’s a lot of money!
But if this coat was being sold on a market, how much would it cost in a shop? I went to investigate.
A similar coat would cost US$4000.
I decided against the fur in the end and bought a regular coat.
The search for fur had been an interesting experience and I can certainly say that I learnt something new. I would like to note however that I understand fur is tradition in Russia and that it does a very good job of keeping the Russian people warm, but I can only wish that they move with the times a bit and replace with synthetic fur; when I went to the zoo in St Petersburg to see many of the arctic animals I had not seen in real life before, I couldn’t help but think ‘you’re lucky you’re not a coat’.
Russia, you certainly are an intriguing country, but I think I can safely say I won’t be commencing any further fur searched any time soon.