Ukraine Prepares for A Furry Future
Ukraine’s fur market is on the rise. With over 200 businesses in the fur trade from farms to manufacturers, and some $400 million in annual garment sales (according to data from the Ukrainian Association of Furriers), training new furriers and designers is an important boost to grow the market.
International Sales Manager Viktoriia Pustynikova was the guest of honour at Eurasia Fur Futures Ukraine, where the Kiev National University of Technology and Design held a forum for future designers. There, she held seminars about animal welfare and buying skins at auction.
The first vice-rector of the university Professor Ivan Grishchenko noted that the university is making every effort to provide new practical-oriented training for students, who will become future specialists in the fur trade.
The design university also introduced a new specialization, "Technology and Design of Fur Products" and held a grand opening of a fur workspace laboratory constructed with the help of the Ukrainian Association of Furriers. The laboratory has the latest equipment for the manufacture of fur products and accessories.