Morris Kaye vintage fur coatsIf you’re anywhere near as involved in the fur industry as we are, you know very well how much controversy surrounds the subject. Both vendors who sell fur and consumers who wear fur are accused of supporting the senseless mistreatment of animals. While this couldn’t be further from the truth, that’s a topic for another blog! Here we’ll be discussing a related issue – whether buying vintage fur coats is more ethically sound than buying newly made pieces. We’ve done a bit of research on this, and we’re here to answer this question.

A Point Worth Keeping in Mind

At the end of the day, whether you choose vintage fur coats or something newer, you’re still wearing fur. If you experience any sense of disgust or extreme moral aversion with this fact, it’s safe to say that wearing fur apparel simply isn’t for you – and that’s okay! There’s a whole host of other clothing styles out there that are sure to suit you better in terms of aesthetics and ethics. With that said, however, we’d like to turn our attention to those who are deeply interested in fur fashion, but also are worried about the ethics of it all.

Vintage vs. Faux

If you haven’t already, you may be considering switching from real fur to faux fur. After all, according to its promoters, faux fur is exactly the same as the real thing, with none of the nasty ethical dilemmas involved in its creation. However, it isn’t the same.

Faux fur is typically made from plastic and other synthetic materials, which are designed to last forever. While they technically simulate real fur, and are likely comfortable to wear, the latter fact presents just as much cause for concern. Lasting forever means a faux fur coat won’t decay. So, what will happen once you can no longer own and wear your favorite (faux) fur coat? It will likely go to the landfill, where it will sit forever. On the other hand, real fur – even vintage fur coats – are biodegradable. This is better for the environment in the long term.

So, What’s the Verdict?

We’ve covered alternatives to fur, so where does that leave purchasing fur itself – especially older, real fur accessories? The truth is wearing vintage fur coats is an excellent solution to an all too common dilemma! Buying vintage fur ultimately allows you to indulge in your interest in fur fashion, while not contributing directly to some of the more controversial facets of the modern fur industry. Best of all, vintage furs are typically easier on the budget than new pieces of fur apparel, and are readily available for anyone looking to buy.

If you’re interested in buying real fur accessories in the near future, you can always turn to Morris Kaye Furs in Dallas and San Antonio! We dedicate ourselves to providing consumers with amazing and affordable apparel of all ages. Contact us to sample our inventory and learn more about how we can help you.