Skin or No Skin? The Debate without End in Search of a Sustainable Fashion

Thursday 18 February Ralph Lauren returned to parade during New York Fashion Week. If something characterized this pageant presented clothes for the next autumn-winter it was the use of skins. Fur declined in all imaginable ranges, from Fox to mink, via Mongolia lamb proposals in coats, jackets and vests, and accesorizando clothing jacket and even evening gowns.

The strangest thing of all was that, at the end of the parade, in the press release that was distributed was communicated to all attendees to Ralph Lauren for many years had come to the commitment not to use skins in the manufacture of clothing and accessories, and that all the skins that you had been able to see during the parade were made with Sheepskin. Sorry?!

You can already imagine the scandal which was organized because what happens, that a sheep skin is not an animal’s skin? Is this a skin of fourth division? How is a sheepskin has sacrificed that for the consumption of their meat already it is lawful to use your skin? Not to mention the deception which the designer submitted to all those attending the parade, many of which – defenders wishful thinking of animals-, almost sick watching parade as many garments of skin are put.

If they had heard, a priori, that all those visions and foxes, in reality, were Sheepskin had they felt less evil? Why it seem that using mink is more serious than use lambskin? ¿People associated with the skin with hair a status, going more unnoticed lamb skin? I find very interesting the angora wool (whose hair are torn off of live rabbits) and the wool of lambs obtained rasurando live sheep skin are not considered as skin by industrialists but as wool…

Brands that do not use skin

What there is no doubt is that the fashion industry announces the return of skin loop. However, many ready-to-wear brands and some designers have opted not to participate in this trend. Among those who have signed up for this long list are Abercrombie & Fitch, Adolfo Domínguez, Bershka, C & A, Decathlon, H & M, La Redoute, Lacoste, Pimkie, Promod, Pull & Bear, Stella McCartney, Stradivarius and Zara.

Aside from Stella McCartney and Adolfo Domínguez, the rest of the brands are sports brands or brands of mass market that for the price sell you your clothes may never use this type of skins. Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood and Tommy Hilfiger, although not have pointed in any list in an official way, ensure not to use furs, but most of its accessories (shoes, handbags, belts) are made with leather.

Distinguish a true skin of a false

Despite the rules, the labelling of items not always carried out with skin is present, and when it exists, is not always completely full. Many vendors are absolutely fish in the subject, so they are unable to reliably assist buyers.

Many people believe, erroneously, that the price of garments made with real leather cost more expensive than those made with synthetic fur, when normal tends to be the opposite. To distinguish the real leather the synthetic the easiest is to gently pull some of the hairs and burn them with a lighter. If to burn them they smell of singe, like human hair are really. If they are synthetic they melt like plastic which are to that, smelling of plastic.

Another way to differentiate them is finger through the grounds. If hair appears wrapped gently around the fingers is genuine fur, synthetic hairs are stiff and hard. Also you can blowing on the hair, If separated to divide, it is genuine fur. The faux fur is much less malleable. The test of cotton consists of puncturing the skin with a needle. If it is genuine fur, leather resists, on the other hand, when it comes to plastic, the PIN passes without difficulty.

The pressure of lobby groups

As explained the Furrier Palace Santiago when interviewed it, the external pressure of the environmental lobby groups during the 90’s It was about to wreck with this industry. Activists unafraid to spray with spray those who dared to wear fur coats and even the Queen of England had to ban fox hunting in his country.

Except in the case of persons vegan – that only eat fruits and vegetables-, the rest of the human We depend, in many respects, the animals bred in farm. What is really surprising is the lack of coherence of some people. At the moment I am reminded of some top models, like Naomi Campbell or Kate Moss, that as soon as they lend to pose nude for PETA as we see them parading on the most important catwalks of the world wearing skins of large firms or decorating with them when they step on red carpets.

Now that furs back to be cutting edge, I can not think that it is a real shame that in Spain – which was world-famous for being one of the countries that better knew tanning and skin work, especially that of mouton-, a profession that gave work to many families has been lost (furriers, specialized dealers, cutters, machinists, forradoras).

The danger of synthetic furs

The manufacture of artificial or synthetic fibers not only creates a negative environmental impact -the ecological damage that processes of treatment of bleaching, dyeing, printing and finishing produce in the environment are very serious; they generate waste and have no ability to biodegrade, since they are by-products of petroleum, and decompose very slowly-, but problems of allergy to many people that they usually wear garments made with such fabrics, since they prevent the body perspiration and moisture absorption.

Good fur shops is that they can transform or adapt any shelter that we have or we have inherited from our mothers or grandmothers to the latest trends because, the skin is what you have that you can transform a bunch of times -not as the fabric or synthetic skin that once cut, already cannot be back. In that sense it is more environmentally friendly, and well maintained, can last decades.

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