Faux Fur Fun
It can be tough to remain fashionable in the winter when you're busy trying to keep out the cold. However, a fur coat can provide a solution to both your weather and your fashion troubles.
During the 11th century, fur started off as a commodity of the rich — a symbol of wealth and status. In the golden age of Hollywood, notable actresses and fashion icons such as Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe were known to create signature looks with their mink fur coats. Nowadays, with the popularization of faux fur coats, you can look fabulous while saving money and supporting animal rights. NYU.FASHION presents you with a list of five sites, located either online or not too far from school, of places to get faux fur coats conveniently with a variety of styles to choose from.
1. Apparis, Williamsburg
If you are looking to add more color to your fur coat collection, Apparis is the place to go. Apparis is a clothing store that originated from Paris. It boasts of fur coats with a stunning range of creative colors including light pink, mustard, plum, electric blue, mauve, lilac grey, dark/light green and ivory. The coats come in three distinct styles: the Laure (long), the Sarah (medium length) and the Leila (short). These coats average $250.
Apparis is conveniently located near downtown Manhattan and is a mere stone’s throw away from Bedford Avenue on the L train at 190 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249. If you wish to order these fur coats in the comforts of your own home, you can do so at their online store.
2. Search & Destroy, St. Marks
This may be one of the last places you would expect to find a fur coat with its designed-to-shock storefront laden with skulls and nails. However, if you would like to channel your inner punk rock spirit and opt for something edgy rather than chic, this is the store for you. You can find, for instance, a black fur coat decorated with a skull pattern on the back and netted stockings to match. All fur coats are secondhand and average around $200. The store stands on St. Marks at 25 St Marks Pl A, New York, NY 10003.
3. House of Fluff, Bowery
House of Fluff is an ethical fashion brand based in New York City. Founded in 2017, House of Fluff is a huge believer in cruelty-free products; the company uses “Earth friendly materials produced locally in factories that pay a fair wage” according to their official website. Besides its strong ethical stance, House of Fluff is also known for selling high fashion designs at a relatively affordable rate, hence it is perfect for high fashion lovers who are looking for a good deal in this category. Be sure to check out their signature “bomber jacket” fur coats for an effortlessly chic look available in three styles: leopard, teddy and oversized teddy for $650. You can either visit their store at 342 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 or their online site.
4. Alexa Chung, online
Founded in 2016 in London, Alexa Chung is a brand that ambitiously combines Parisian chic with a New York edge. If you are into the classic leopard print fur coat, the Alexa Chung faux fur jacket offers a regal and sophisticated look for $402. This go-to jacket can be easily styled for both casual and formal occasions. Check it out for yourself.
5. Fabulous Furs, online
True to its name, the whole store abounds in faux fur coats and includes both menswear and womenswear. The menswear section is affordable, with the sable faux fur and black mink faux fur bomber jackets each selling for $249. Women’s fur coats begin at $199. The crystal fox shawl collar faux fur jacket is a spectacular sight, with its lush white overcoat contrasted by glimpses of its dark undercoat selling for $299. To top off the good deals, there is free shipping offered for any purchase made over $150. Visit the official website at https://fabulousfurs.com.
Now that you have a list of faux fur coats with a diverse range of styles, there is no need to worry about looking dull in all those layers. It's time to get that winter fashion on track.
Written by: Yimin Huang