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InFashion: Fun! Fame! Fortune! 2nd Edition

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ISBN: 978-1-60901-308-0 GST R 133004424

Elaine Stone

Part Two

The Primary Level—The Materials of Fashion

Chapter Six

Leather and Fur

Key Concepts

The three major types of companies in the leather industry and their functions The nine different categories of leather and the special finishes used on leather The history and development of the fur industry in the United States The functions of the three major groups in the fur industry The steps in transforming fur pelts into finished garments

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The Leather Industry
Categories of Leather
• The Equine Group • The Exotic Leathers

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Equine group Cordovan leather

Exotic leathers

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Merchandising and Marketing

Fashion Information Services Trade Associations and Trade Shows Research and Development

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Trends in the Leather Industry
Enlarging Markets Increased Competition from Synthetics Industry Growth Factors

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The Fur Industry
History and Development Animal Rights Groups
• PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) • Friends of Animals

Manufactured Furs

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Organization and Operation

Pelt Production Fur Auctions Fur Processing Fur Manufacturing

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Retail Distribution of Furs
There are approximately 1,100 retailers and 100 fur manufacturers in the United States

In retail stores, fur departments are either leased or consignment departments

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Merchandising and Marketing

Trade Associations
• Fur Information Council of America (FICA)

International Fur Fairs Labeling
• The Fur Products Labeling Act of 1952

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Trends in the Fur Industry
Growth will be affected by four major trends:
1. Renewed fashion interest in furs 2. Increased foreign trade

3. Restrictive legislation that actually helps the industry
4. New channels of retail distribution

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Trade Talk

fur farming hide kip

let out
pelt PETA

skins
sustainable use tanning

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