Today I am answering a really interesting question emailed from one of my visitors. Is fur coat a luxury item or it can be a necessary good?
The fur coat is both things.
The fur coat is a luxury pillar of Haute Couture and of Prêt-á-porter.
The International Trade of Fur is increasing year by year from 1989 and today has a value of 15 billion dollars in whole world but, in spite of this popularity and evidence there are a lot of people that don’t know this reality.
The fur coat is a necessary item when it becomes the only source of survival for in many countries in the world.
Did you know that there exist tiny communities like Kastoria in Greece that survive exclusively thanks the trade of skins fur employing about 80% of population?
And were you aware that there exist others in fur flung and remote places like Poland, Finland, Norway and for which the survival of the people is linked solely to this business?
Yes, animal furs are able to provide daily sustenance to several indigenous peoples and deprived of this type of activity could succumb to having no other viable sources of income.
Russia, Canada, Beijing, Alaska, Finland, and I could go on to list all the countries where the cold is very intense, especially the area of the north, where the inhabitants could never survive without fur.
Many of you don’t know that unlike other sectors in crisis, that the fur is in continuous development.
The figures confirm this: Only in Europe 80,000 units of specialized staff employed full-time, 40,000 at part-time and over one million worldwide distributed in small and medium-sized companies. The European fur sector creates approximately 60,000 full-time jobs in different areas of the sector, a figure that increases significantly on a seasonal level. Although most jobs are created in breeding, retail and production, the European fur industry creates job opportunities for veterinarians, stylists, consultants, researchers, auction house staff, unloaders, engineers, and other professional figures. In rural Europe there are about 4300 fur farms. Although the number of farms is decreasing, production is increasing due to globalization, characterized by the presence of a reduced number of units, but higher volumes. Very often fur farms and associated activities are concentrated in some areas, which makes the sector an important element for the development of regional economies at European level. For example, as I have already written above 65% of the workforce of the cities of Kastoria and Satista in the north of Greece, which count on about 50000 inhabitants, operates in the fur sector. In this geographical area there are about 850 fur producers, 350 fur sellers and 30 fur farms.
In the 10 municipalities of Ostrobothnia, a region of western Finland, over 4% of tax revenue comes from fur production. In the municipality of Nykarleby, 20% of the income also derives from the production of furs. While Denmark, which has the highest concentration of farms in the world, fur production offers the highest productivity among all the traditional branches of agriculture, the value corresponds to a salary capacity of 96 euros per working hour in Danish dairy farms. fur animals. Northern Europe is home to its largest pole of fur farms in the world. The main research activities in areas such as animal welfare, optimization of production, food and the environment take place in this European region, while the most important research centers related to leather tanning and the packaging of articles in furriers are found in southern Europe, particularly in Italy and Greece.
If this field did not exist there would be many countries in deep crisis.
I hope that answers your question in detail.