I’ve recently been gifted a fur coat from my auntie that my grandmother bought back in the 60’s/70’s. I love the coat, and would never get rid of it because it is sentimental. I’m also very much into sustainable fashion and love a good vintage find. HOWEVER I do feel a bit weird about sporting a real fur coat. What is everyone’s thoughts? Is it unethical even if its vintage?
I don’t think it’s unethical because it’s from so long ago. But I think there’s a time and a place - in Paris, for example, lots of women still wear fur coats in winter whereas it’s less the done thing in the UK. So I’d hang onto it and save it for a city break!
While wearing vintage is a great way to support circular fashion - fur is fur, whatever decade it’s from. And only you, the wearer, really knows its origin. Basically, the optics and ethics (I’m imagining conditions in factories weren’t regulated in the 60s/70s) remain the same whether its new or vintage, so I’d err on the side of caution and give it a miss.