Fur can really add a sense of luxury to just about any outfit, but with the poor animal welfare standards that surround the fur industry, more and more people are now choosing to turn to cruelty-free faux fur instead. For those who want to add a bit of eco-fur to their wardrobe, here are some of the most stylish pieces out there.
Shrimps is a London-based brand that launched in 2013, and has caught the eye of many fashion editors and industry experts since then. The faux fur used by Shrimps is a modacrylic blend that feels just as plush as real fur, and this is the backbone upon which the company has thrived. The latest collection from Shrimps features a wide range of faux fur outerwear, from patchwork faux shearlings to floral printed faux fur coats, and while many other brands out there may be trying to copy the designs produced by Shrimps, no one has been able to replicate the authenticity of the brand’s signature faux fur fabric.
Charly Calder creates faux fur garments for both men and women, as well as a selection of pieces for the home. This San Francisco-based designer makes use of fabrics that give her fur an extra long and lustrous pile, while the designs themselves feature bold colors, avant-garde silhouettes and dramatic cuts.
Although Spanish designer Adolfo Dominguez never formally studied fashion, he is known for redefining luxury style in Spain, and, thanks to his early days in Paris and London when he became involved with the green movement, faux fur is one of the designer’s signature fabrics. These creations stand out from the competition due to the way in which they utilize faux fur in such a sleek and elegant way, making the material even more wearable for everyday occasions.
Russian brand Only Me really had to work hard to make its mark on the Russian fashion industry, as the Russians are known for having a historical love for fur. However, with exquisite faux fur designs that are all insulated with Thinsulate, a breathable yet heat-retaining material, the outerwear produced by Only Me was soon seen as being absolutely ideal for the cold Russian winters, and were actually able to provide more warmth to its wearer than regular fur.
Stella McCartney has long since been an advocate for cruelty-free fashion, with each of her fur coats sporting a label that clearly states “Fur Free Fur”. There are many different faux fur pieces to choose from, and in addition to this, Stella McCartney also places a strong emphasis on vegan suede and leather, meaning that you can update your wardrobe with plenty of cruelty-free garments if you shop at Stella McCartney.
Fur is one of the most divisive and controversial subjects in the fashion industry, and for good reason too. With more and more designers now choosing to take a stand against fur, you can expect to see even more faux fur fashion options available in the future.