Fur A to Z

Typically, it takes one year from the time a fur skin is sent to the auction house until the finished fur product is ready for the consumer. Although a large part of the global production of fur skins is concentrated in Northern Europe, the furs are sent on to be properly dressed and then sold all over the world. Previously, North America, Russia and Europe were the largest markets for fur retail sales, but in recent years, the markets in the Far East and Asia have risen significantly, particularly in Hong Kong and China.

A few years ago, the finished products were sold primarily in specialised fur boutiques. Now, furs are increasingly being sold in fashion shops and department stores. At the same time, the use of fur has expanded. From the traditional fashion and accessories to interior design objects and decorative details.

What's more, fur appeals to a much more diverse group of consumers than ever before - in terms of income, age, lifestyle and geographic location. Fur has also evolved from elegant winter wear to everyday wear designed to be worn for all seasons - and all reasons. A shift in demographics has led to a more casual approach overall to attire. It's not unusual to see women wearing jeans with a fur accessory to the theatre. Wearing fur when they pick up their children from school. Or men wearing fur.