Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Faux Hag

Published on November 7, 2010 by   ·   16 Comments Pin It
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Don’t be a fur hag.  There is nothing more disgusting than a trollop covered in the skins of vaginally electrocuted animals.  Not only is deeply unethical, it’s terrible for the environment, for your karma, and for the sweet animals who linger dying in traps only to often gnaw off their own limbs and then get the excellent ending of anal electrocution. All for a coat.  Hundreds of torturous deaths.. to make one coat.  Who wears fur? The terribly insecure, overly spoiled, heartless, and classicist (did you know the average fur coat costs an upwards of 10G’s?)  Really, is there any choice BUT faux? Anyone in fur deserves a royal schooling and a glob of red paint (and we are really only partially kidding.)  And then, of course, an encouraging push to donate the skins to Coats for Cubs. All of the furs are sent to wildlife rehabilitators, who use the furs to warm and comfort orphaned and injured wildlife. More than 200 rehabilitators from across the United States and Canada now participate in the program.

Though we don’t advocate making any type of fur look chic by having our fabulous selves wear it.. we hope that people who aren’t necessarily vegan or animal-caring will opt for faux versions of the real thing this season in response to the bloodbath of fur featured in the magazines and on the runways.

GirlieGirl Army Founder Chloé Jo Davis says; “A visiting Aunt from London came over this weekend in a long faux fur coat.  I immediately congratulated her on her compassionate choice.  She (not even close to a vegan or animal lover) said “You have no choice in London, you can’t get away with real fur!  They’d shoot you!”  Interesting how fur has come back full speed ahead on this side of the Pond! I personally don’t feel comfortable replicating the look of fur, even faux, on the Streets.  I get the “Almost Famous” 1970′s allure to the look of faux.. but I generally think fur – faux or real – looks too costume-y and just makes me sad thinking of the animals. But I think as long as you wear a “NO FUR” pin on your faux, you are good to go… and may even convert a few folks on the way!”

Here are a few of the faux’s our team has deemed cutest.

Cynthia Steffe Ruffled Faux-Fur Coat, $525 @saksfifthavenue.com

Copper Tiered Swing Coat, $199 @fabulousfurs.com

Via Spiga "Antonia" Faux Fur Coat, $313 @bloomingdales.com

Loyale Organic Costilla Jacket, $420 @greenloop.com

Laura Faux Fur Coat, $178 @frenchconnection.com

Faux Fur Cheetah Print Coat, $39.80 @forever21.com

Yana Sexy All The Time Eco Faux Fur Belt Bag, $185 @kaightshop.com

Weatherproof Garment Company Faux Fur 33" S.B. Ombre Coat, $124 @zappos.com

Chocolate Anastasia Faux Fur Hobo, $225 @endless.com

Peace Boot, $360 @olsenhaus.com

Wendy Slouchy Fur Cuff Boot, $115 @cridecoeur.myshopify.com

Marilyn Stole, $149 @coquettefauxfurriers.com

How do you feel about faux?  Tell us in the comments section below.. and don’t forget to put one of these buttons on ALL your coats (not just the faux!) And always keep a few pamphlets in your pocket, all winter long.  In the heat of the moment, you may forget the facts on why to go fur-free.  Having the literature on hand helps you stay cool headed when all you can see is dead animals.

No Fur Buttons, $2 each @hsus.org

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Readers Comments (16)

  1. Jennifer says:

    Whilst I agree with the general sentiment, the terms ‘trollop’ and ‘fur hag’ particularly are incredibly misogynistic – how many times have you heard them in direction to men? Never, I would imagine. Men *do* wear fur, and are also responsible for using it in their clothing (which additionally has the concurrent effect of inspiring people to wear fur), so those terms are incorrect, as well as being insulting.

  2. Kathryn says:

    I have a hard time with the faux also because it alludes to the real thing…too close for comfort for me. I have to say that I did see the Cynthia Steffe coat in person and it’s gorge! So if you are into it, this is a winner!

  3. Gina says:

    LOVE the Cynthia Steffe coat! Nice picks.

    I think faux is the way to go…the luxury fashion industry has a love affair with fur which isn’t going away anytime soon, so the only thing to do is give the same look and feel in cruelty-free products that are so fabulous even the haute houses take note.

    We blogged some of our faux picks too ;)
    http://cri-de-coeur.com/stuff-we-like/walking-in-a-vegan-wonderland/

  4. SG says:

    Love the copper swing coat and I’m tempted but I don’t think I’d feel right wearing fur, even faux.

  5. I am in two minds about it….as it is, it’s all i can do to stop myself from launching myself at people who wear fur and screaming at them (mild mannered girl that I am), so I would hate for anybody to think I was wearing it too and many of these coats do look real. If you love the look then of course always go fake, but I wouldn’t wear any of these coats as lovely as they are. Having said that though I bought my toddler son a winter hat with faux lining on it, but then I don’t think people would assume that was real for a minute…but then does that promote fur too…it’s an ongoing lesson.

  6. Melody says:

    ooh..LOVE the Copper Swinged Coat..looks like it’ll do a great job at keeping my bump nice and warm and cruelty free this winter!

  7. Donna says:

    I agree with Jennifer – words like hag and trollop are misogynistic. And after being involved in animal rights for over 20 years, I feel that the battle aginst the fur indusry will not be won by using words like this or hurling insults at people. It only makes them defensive and gives them an excuse to dismiss what an activist has to say – it doesn’t reach their hearts. It’s easy to throw nasty looks and comments at fur-wearers on the street – it’s not so easy to start a heart-felt conversation. But this is what we need to do. And to get back to your actual question of faux-fur, I’m not crazy about it at all – but better faux than real.

  8. dnr says:

    I agree with all the comments that faux is the way to go for designers who just can’t resist the look, but for those of us who are on-board with animal rights, donning faux fur just perpetuates the problem and demand for the real thing. There are plenty of people (too many) out there who use fur and other expensive items as status symbold. If a faux fur coat is made + worn, those people will just want the real thing to show off their status and buying power. Same is true for any “knock-off” type item. There are plenty of warm options out there for winter without having to mimic the natural coats of those we are striving to protect from harm.

  9. I love the French Connection coat. Interesting to see people’s reactions here. I think buying faux is ok. I think it might make more of an impact on designers than not wearing any at all might. I’m open to people’s comments though, as I am just mulling over which items I might like to get. One great accessory is the faux fur legwarmer from veg-friendly Lulu’s. You can save 15% on our site: http://www.nourishthespirit.com/express-yourself-cozy-animal-friendly-fall-finds/

  10. Mandy says:

    I won’t wear faux fur because it might inspire someone to wear real fur by not knowing it’s faux. I mostly assume any fur I see is real unless it’s obviously not.

    However, I do have a faux fur throw that I adore with all my heart and soul.

  11. Mara says:

    I could never wear faux; it would truly bother me to look like I’m wearing the real thing. I shudder at the thought.

  12. Janimal says:

    I would never wear a real fur. And I am judgymcjudgypants about those who would/do. But I think it is a stretch to say that those who wear faux are advocating animal furs. Gosh, can’t a person like a responsible garment because of it’s soft texture and warmth?!

    I don’t think anyone gets inspired to wear real fur by seeing a faux fur coat. I mean, faux fur is another fabric texture and design to make clothes interesting and comfortable.

    I just bought my toddler a little Winter coat with some OBVIOUSLY fake fur. It is apparent that no sweet creature lost their life for it. Not only is the faux very cute, it is very WARM and soft for my little girl’s delicate skin.

    Real fur is wrong. But let’s not go so far as to say wearing faux is advocating killing animals. Really.

  13. jodie says:

    I say sell the coats with a tag containing a photograph (graphic) of the animals (while they are being killed and or skinned)..who’s fur was used to make the coat…you see plenty of people going vegan and still wearing TONS of leather, suede, and fur…something IS better than nothing (so not eating them but still wearing them is better than eating AND wearing) however NO ONE eats the flesh of the animals that are killed for fur..its all about vanity with fashion..
    I cannot wait for this world to come full circle and stop eating and wearing animals just because “its what we’ve always done”…
    The older I get, the less tolerance I have for the BS excuses.

  14. Sarah says:

    You forgot Imposter :) (http://imposter4animals.com/). Vegan lady-owned company that donates some of their proceeds to various animal organizations (animals rights organizations and farm animal and thoroughbred sanctuaries, for example).

    I personally have a faux-leather bag and a faux wool coat… I remember before I was vegan being surprised that my vegan friend’s coat was vegan, or that a vegan co-worker’s shoes were vegan, or even, the first time I tried fake meat, that the Shepherd’s Pie was vegan!

    But more of the population views fur in a negative light than they do leather, so I can see why people would want to ensure no one mistook their fur for real (and might not have quite the same feelings about faux-leather or faux-wool).

    I have Imposter’s “M” pin on my ear muffs now, but I’m excited for the pinnacle pins to premier! I like that I can show people that they can still embrace their familiar fashion, in leather-, wool- and fur-look-alikes!

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