Fur Summer School is back

The Fur Summer School takes you on a journey across the fur supply chain to enable you understand what fur stands for and what its role in today’s world is.

Entitled “From Waste to Gold”, each year Fur Summer School takes place in Kastoria and Siatista in Greece, at the very heart of the oldest fur hub in Europe. It brings together young people with various backgrounds keen to explore fur from various angles such as craft, sustainability, design, business models, ethics, marketing and communication. 

Combining both theoretical and practical exercises with visits to fur-related facilities, the Fur Summer School enables young people to foster entrepreneurship skills and connects with established fur business across Europe. This behind-the-scenes experience allows them to learn about fur from farm to fashion.

No better place to start this journey than a region with a 1400-year history in fur. Kastoria and Siatista are home to thousands of skilled fur practitioners and manufacturers who continuously reinvent the way fur is used in fashion.

But the region is not solely about manufacturing. Farmers in the nearby farms take care of the animals day by day to provide world quality skins, while dressers and
dyers make sure pelts are processed sustainably and with care of the environment. Not far, a bioprocessing plant turns the waste from farms into electricity and
other resources so that nothing is ever wasted. This way the loop of production closes to form the perfect circular economy, which is the engine of the region.

Participants visit these facilities to understand how fur fits with slow fashion and sustainability. There are two essential ingredients for our summer school – inspiration and curiosity. Learning does not stop when lessons finish – activities, excursions and socialising during meals and free time will stimulate a positive learning environment built around fur creativity.

The Fur Summer School 2019 takes place in Kastoria and Siatista, Greece, on 23 August - 1 September. Applicants should be between 20-30 years of age (preferably but not exclusively) and have a lively interest in fur.

Interested? Read more and apply on www.sustainablefur.com/people