Hey, that’s my coat…I like what you’ve done with it.

 Fur Pillows from Coat Check

Because I have been in the smelly back corners of Main Street vintage shops, I ask you this question: is this gross or genius?

A Vancouver-based company named Coat Check is saving mink coats everywhere. Yesterday’s social faux-pas is today’s designer recycled good. The Coat Check ladies refurbish old fur coats into reincarnations of plush throws, pillows and personal accessories – and sell them back at an upscale price ($250 for the pillow above).  All this from their studio space in Chinatown! I am intrigued.   

I am also curious. How do you communicate to those Liberation BC protestors that your new bag is really made from a very friendly, green rabbit? Lately, fur has pretty much been the domain of those who want to look fancy-hookerish (please see: Yaletown, Fridays) and the Queen E crowd on Opera nights.  In the home, however, it’s a different story. My mind immediately jumps to that faux white Ikea rug that was so popular last season (and nothing is cuter than my naked naphew on that rug). Then it jumps to lazy mornings in bed, cold winter nights, fireplaces, hot chocolate, reading on Sundays.  

There is just something comforting to me about fur in general. Something very half-man, half-steed.  Something that smells more like nature-in-the-raw when the mountains all around are deocrated with ski hills and condos.  I can almost hear Pan’s flute now…

Coat Check on Etsy.  


4 thoughts on “Hey, that’s my coat…I like what you’ve done with it.

  1. Glenn

    One of the real issues with wearing recycled fur is that it promotes the wearing of fur. Other designers may not be so ethical that they use used fur, but might take a shortcut and get fur from a fur farm. The promotion of fur, in any form, is really the promotion of animal exploitation. And how can it be comforting? That animal died a painful death, likely in terror.

  2. Jean

    Just to complicate this dicussion… I’ve seen this on many blogs and want to put in my two cents. Faux fur, unbeknownst to many, is one of the most toxic, polluting, habitat-destroying materials known to man – it’s made from acetate. It’s terribly toxic at simply every single point in its production, and it never biodegrades. It doesn’t age well, and then it sits untransformed in landfills forever. People who would normally like sustainable design always tout faux fur as the ethical option, but really, it’s just not. The main thing that died for these pillows would seem to be the coats…. and the thing about the home as opposed to the street, is that the street is anonymous, and the home is not. In the home, you can always tell people where your items came from. It’s just funny that fur, which I like, attracts so much more fire than all the other animal products we use. It actually doesn’t make that much sense. Cruelty to animals is completely out, obviously, and I think everyone can agree on its unacceptability, but there are millions of these used coats out there… should we throw them out and buy new acetate?

  3. Husband

    I think Jean really hits the nail on the head… what this really speaks to is the unintended consequences of any of our decisions: give up real fur for fake = do EVEN MORE HARM.


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