Every time I put on my leather jacket or vintage fur vest, I get worried that I’ll be labeled a hypocrite because I’m a slow fashion blogger and that I strive to maintain a sustainable closet. There are some heavy discussions on both sides of the debate as to what is better for the environment – synthetics or real animal pelts/skins. I have yet to do a deep dive into this research but I wanted to bring it up because it’s something that I’m going to start researching. (With the help of environmental and sustainable fashion expert Malorie Bertrand)
For now however, my philosophy is still that of the slow fashion movement – so that even if I’m buying leather or fur, I know that it will get the utmost use and not be discarded after a few wears – maintaining the garment’s integrity and longevity. When it comes to fur, I try to only buy second hand or vintage. I’m happy to say that this leather and fur combo that I’ve posted today is composed of some of the oldest pieces in my closet. I bought the leather jacket before I got married – maybe 7 or 8 years ago, and the vest is a repurposed vintage fur coat that I bought 8 years ago at the Brooklyn Flea Market. So although animals gave up their life to keep me warm – I feel OK knowing that these pieces will be in my life and closet for a very long time, and I cherish them. Does this thought process justify wearing leather and fur? I think so. For now, I believe it. I also believe that there’s a reason humans having been wearing fur and leather to keep them warm since the beginning of time and I think what has been lost is the respect and appreciation for the animals. I’m not sure that buying a synthetic leather item that I’ll have to discard after 3 years because it didn’t hold up as well as the real thing justifies the chemical process and environmental damage that went into making that synthetic, yet “natural” product. I really don’t know the answer here, but I’m trying to figure it out, and when I do – I’ll let you know from an objective perspective if there is a choice that’s better for the planet.
Thanks as always for reading, XO