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“Blink” Retail: Fur(k) Off

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Today’s issue of the Business of Fashion just dropped into my inbox and this is it’s lead story…

image from the Business of Fashion emailed newsletter, PETA, fur in fashion, fur farming, fashion ethics

image from the Business of Fashion emailed newsletter

It’s a well researched and fact filled article about whether Fur has a place in Fashion (just click on that link to read the full article). If you are a long standing Blink reader, then you’ll know our uncompromising view on this subject and it’s a firm absolutely no thanks to fur from us. No fur, no thanks, on no occasion. Seriously that left hand image just sums the whole argument up for me. How could you possibly wear real fur (yes, that includes you Canada Gooseys and your coyote trimmed hoods, all of you with those rotten fur poms on your hats or handbags, and you wearing that vintage fur coat) if you have any conscience at all? It is simply unacceptable on every level.

Yes you may eat meat (I don’t by the way), but I bet you like to ensure your meat, eggs, fish, milk has come from a happy animal that experienced some quality of like during it’s short time on this earth. Well, most (but not all by any stretch) of the leather and sheepskin that we wear comes from animals that have been farmed for more than just their skins but have also been part of our food chain. Well, that is never ever ever the case with animals who are farmed or trapped purely for their pelts. It’s a miserable existence and often a shockingly disgusting death.

So, we thank the wonderful British Vogue, Selfridges, Liberty, Arcadia group et al for turning their backs on this material choice- and are they any less fabulous for doing so? Nope, we think it makes then super, extra, totally and additionally fabulous actually.

You can check out our previous rants on this matter here and also here. For more fashion retail news, just click here.

“Blink” Retail: Fashion fantasy versus reality, beyond angora

Monday, January 6th, 2014

A very, very happy new year to you all and heres our first post of 2014. Before I get stuck in to the subject at hand, I’d like to thank you all for your support and for choosing Blink. Keep sharing the love x

So, I have decided to kick off 2014 with a catch up on a subject we started looking at last year; my desire to bust some fashion myths (you can catch up on the state of play so far by having a read here). The great news is that we were exploring these questions at the same time as many, many influential members of the fashion industry. A multitude of very important brands have now decided to boycott the use of angora until they can be assured that the source (ie those rabbits) are being farmed in a humane and ethical manner, after all this is a crucial element in sustainable behavior aside from the fact that we would all hope to behave in a compassionate and conscious manner as members and customers of the world wide fashion industry.

You know, I couldn’t be more delighted that the conversation has been started in such a public way. I’m just looking for the conversation to expand beyond those gorgeous bunnies and incorporate all sources of animal fibres. PETA have already called for shoppers to boycott wool products (read more here.) and accused British wool producers of severe cruelty. Is any of our wardrobe safe from doubt?

So what about the other animals that are farmed for their fluff and feathers? Here’s a selection of some of the main ones, but we’re sure this isn’t an exhaustive list..

Roosters, image with thanks to Pinterest

Roosters, image with thanks to Pinterest

Roosters, chickens and turkeys are the source of much of fashions feather trims (even most of those feathers we call ‘marabou’ come from the humble turkey apparently). Do you hope as I’d like to, that they are collected as they are naturally shed by these little beings? Hmm, sadly this is highly unlikely.

Cashmere goats, image with thanks to Pinterest

Cashmere goats, image with thanks to Pinterest

I have worked with some of Britain’s most highly respected cashmere businesses who describe their goats being taken great care of, but, as with much of the animal fibre production, this stage of production happens in China and in the hilly wilds of neighbouring countries (where the cashmere goat originates from), so how much do we really know about the lives of those precious herds?

Angora goats, the source of mohair. Image with thanks to Pinterest

Angora goats, the source of mohair. Image with thanks to Pinterest

The same questions could be raised about these beautiful angora goats, who rather confusingly are where we get mohair from.

Alpacas, image with thanks to Pinterest

Alpacas, image with thanks to Pinterest

Alpaca is another noble fibre that is mostly seen in very high end collections, along with camel hair. I do hope that these are not treated to some of the same barbaric practices as the humble sheep.

Merino sheep, image with thanks to Pinterest

Merino sheep, image with thanks to Pinterest

Gosh, where would we be without wool? Just glancing around me, I’m pretty much surrounded by it in various forms and roles in my home office. I was really disturbed by the PETA statements on wool production and sheep farming practices right here on our doorstep. This, in fact, is what sparked this whole desire of mine to debunk some of my own myths.

So, the next stage is underway and I hope to have some more facts to replace our fictions. Oh and I really do hope to have some wonderful findings to share with you all. I couldn’t bear it if the whole thing is a horror story. What the bloody hell would we all end up wearing? It’s far too chilly to be a naturist!

“Blink” Retail: Fashion fantasy versus reality

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
an angora rabbit, image from Pinterest, with thanks

an angora rabbit, image from Pinterest, with thanks

How cute is that little fluffy being? That my friends, is an angora rabbit, and this amazing wonder of nature and good breeding has actually ignited a bit of a passion in me. That passion is founded in busting some of my own myths, and some myths that many of us conveniently hold to justify our moral choices when it come to fashion.

You see, I am a pescatatrian who was for many, many years a vegetarian. I recycle. I buy eggs that have been laid by chickens that have a fortnightly mani pedi and are hand fed by virgin farm hands dressed only in eco cotton. I wear leather because in my mind I can justify it as a bi-product of the meat industry (even though I don’t eat meat), and for the same reason I don’t mind sheepskin; however I am rather Milly Tant when it comes to fur which in my mind can never, ever be justified as a fashion material (so what if your coat is vintage, what kind of excuse is that???).

Back to that little fluff-ball bunny. This is part of one of my rather romantic myths. You see when I studied textiles the impression that I took away about the production of fibres like angora, is that these creatures are lovingly cared for and that the hair is gently harvested by combing the creatures in something resembling a visit to the beauty parlour, like in this rather charming vintage image.

image from Pinterest with thanks

image from Pinterest with thanks

Well, my esteemed fashion blogger friend, Disneyrollergirl, posted about the reality of angora production after seeing some coverage by PETA. Well, my myth on angora production has been truly blown apart. Likewise with my thoughts on the wonder of wool and supporting British producers. Those PETA guys don’t spare the gory details…

When did we get so heartless, careless and devoid of basic moral standards as members of the fashion industry and as consumers? I do believe it could be a case of  ‘out of sight, out of mind’ in combination with our convenient blind spots and those darn comfy myths that I mentioned earlier. So this is what I am aiming to do; i want to get to the truth of some of these things, without horrifying you with images that are too graphic but also without scrimping on the facts of the matter. I think if we all care so much about happy chickens laying our breakfast eggs and well cared for pigs in our pork sausages, we should also care about the production of the garments and accessories we wear. After all, fashion is supposed to be an expression of your inner self, so is your inner self a heartless bitch or does she actually give a shit?