True vintage (at least 40 – 50 years old) furs are some of the most fabulous examples of elegance in tailoring. I’m avid for animal rights and welfare, so I’ll start by saying that the wonderful imitations today make it unnecessary and morally criminal to support the market for fur by buying real fur that is still in production.
That said, lets explore some of the thrilling features of this old piece. Of black curly lamb, with a black mink collar and full silk lining; a high quality fur coat, jacket, stole or other garment always had a label from a good furrier attached. This one was in New York, N.Y.. The stylist also had her own label inside. Final touches included the initials of the original owner sewn in the lining and a hook and eye closure in front, plus a decorative button and little shallow pockets at the waist.
Aside from the luxurious material and obvious style, the best and most elegant pieces never were flashy or garish. As with this one, a look told the story of the value and high price tag without having to shout.
So glad that it’s easy for me to find the best of this kind of classic wardrobe staple by going vintage . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY
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