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Four myths about fur debunked by your Denver Leather Store

February 25, 2021

Although fur has been used to make garments and goods for centuries, there are still many misconceptions about the international and domestic fur trade. Even though the fur trade is strictly regulated, encountering this misinformation may make you hesitate on investing in a quality Denver fur coat. Because of this, the fur coat specialists at Jonval are here to help you make an informed decision by debunking a few of these common fur myths!

Myth #1: Faux furs are the same quality as real furs

Many may wonder if faux fur is just as soft, cozy, and luxurious as real fur- it is not. While there have been some advances in how these synthetic products are created, imitation fur simply can not replicate the real thing. When considering quality, faux fur’s manmade fibers are unable to match real fur’s suppleness, warmth, and resilience. Although fake fur may be less expensive, all-natural fur coats can outlive them by decades. In fact, a quality fur coat can last anywhere between 50 and 60 years when properly cared for.

Myth #2: Faux fur is more sustainable

As discussed above, imitation fur is almost always made from synthetic products. These synthetic polymeric fibers (like acrylic and polyester) are essentially just plastics that have been derived from things like petroleum, coal, and limestone. As most of us know, plastics are terrible for the environment and do not biodegrade the same way as natural products, like real fur, do. Also, many faux-fur coats shed (just like the real thing). These tiny, non-biodegradable fibers have the potential to further pollute oceans or last hundreds of years in landfills.

Myth #3: There is no regulation of the fur trade

This common myth could not be farther from the truth! The fur trade is a heavily regulated industry. There are international fur standards among many nations, national Fur Rules in the U.S. from the Federal Trade Commission, and even state laws that monitor the fur industry. These rules and guidelines address everything from upholding standards of quality and safety to addressing animal cruelty concerns and ensuring these materials are obtained ethically.  

Myth #4: Domestic animals and endangered species are used to create fur goods

Both myths are wildly untrue. Because the fur industry is extremely regulated (as discussed above) reputable retailers only sell quality furs from animals like foxes, mink, beaver, and chinchilla. Domestic animals, like cats and dogs, are not used in the production of fur coats. This is also true of endangered species that are protected by law.
If you need assistance taking care of or purchasing a new Denver fur coat, look no further than Jonval Leathers and Furs! Check out our online gallery or visit us today at 6880 East Evans Avenue to view our fantastic leather and fur showroom. For questions about buying, storing, or cleaning your leather and fur pieces- contact our experts at 720-377-1555. With so many options to choose from, discover your perfect Denver fur coat (or leather jacket) at Jonval Leathers and Furs!