Great photo!! I love the shoes she is wearing. I have a question Scott. It struck me that I’ve almost never seen a streetstyle photo of a hijaabi (muslim girl) on your blog. How is that possible? Do you like never shoot them? Or don’t they want to be photographed? Because there are so many great muslim fashion bloggers.
True. The real difference lies in where the fur or leather comes from: a farm animal that was butchered because of its meat and its pelt used for clothing – or an animal we would never eat, like a mink (kept and killed under excruciating conditions, frequently skinned alive) or even a wolf (hunted more often than not out of season, its offspring left to die, caught in inhumane traps, brutally butchered.) It’s up to each of us where we draw the line.
I’m uncomfortable with Stephie’s assumption that people who wear fur are nothing more than cave people. This is the very reason I don’t wear my grandmother’s fur wrap because of the major judgement and assumptions people make.
I can only assume Stephie is 100% vegan in every aspect of her life.
Thank you Liz. It is real fur – but you’re right it does look somewhat like a pattern (made me think of the patterns of butterfly wings when I bought it). : )
Regarding the fur, I’ve never bought new fur, but I do have a few vintage coats and collars. This is an old jacket liner I bought at a Kilo Shop in Paris for about 30 Euro because it was a great price and the pattern was so fantastic.
Lovely photo but I do have to echo an earlier comment that we are well aware of the horrors of animals raised for fur and it is a bit stomach turning when I see one. I watched a documentary on Fendi tonight, lovely items but had a hard time with the fur issue.
The shoes and handbags we carry, the wallets, the jackets … leather is everywhere.
The eggs we eat – ever see how hens are treated?
Beef and chicken – ever see how those animals are treated?
I’m not saying it’s all okay, of course – I’m just saying people who are turned off by people who wear fur had better be 100% vegan in their lifestyle, or know for a fact anything they consume or wear that’s from an animal was organic or ethically sourced.
Also, a lot of people are aware of the anti-fur sentiment, and wear used fur items – so that’s fashion recycling. Unfortunately, everyone jumps on it, assuming they tortured the animal personally.
I appreciate the sensitivities people have to wearing fur and also agree that vilifying people for this makes little sense when you have no idea where the fur was sourced.
I would take it even further and suggest that, as one example, diamonds and a lot of precious stones should provoke scrutiny, given the unethical ways they may be mined, subjecting people to violence, human rights abuses, and poverty, and leaving a trail of environmental degradation. However, I would never subject anyone to scrutiny for choosing to wear them.
Why isn’t it acceptable to harass people for wearing brands that mass-manufacture in countries where human rights abuses are rampant, but it is acceptable to harass them for wearing a recycled fur coat?
Think about it. There are many practices that degrade people, animals and the environment — a lot of them in fashion (as in other areas of life). Why do people choose to bully on forums such as this? If someone feels strongly, there are a lot more positive ways to express it and show support for different ways of doing things.
Why is is that, when somebody criticizes something, let’s call it X, that people automatically react by saying: But Y and Z are just as bad! Diluting a cause by means of relativism – whatever for? As in “you can’t avoid all hurtful things, so why even try”? I myself wear neither fur nor diamonds, but even if I wore diamonds and avoided fur, I would at least be avoiding ONE hurtful thing!
People react that way because they’re pointing out the list is endless and goes on and on … and that we all cherry pick our favourite cause. I don’t have a problem with you criticizing something – I’m just pointing out that no one is without fault (“duh”, as you would say). I am not saying “why bother”, though. We all have a cause, and I get that.
I also wonder how many people avoid something because they simply don’t like it, and attach a worthy sentiment behind it to validate their own preferences. While I don’t wear fur because I can’t deal with the assumptions and judgement, I also don’t want to wear fur badly enough.
It’s not as difficult as it may seem to stick to organic food and wear leather (or fur) only from cows, goats or sheep. I’ve been doing it for many years, that is, I hardly eat any meat at all, but if I do, only organic produce. And I wear neither my grandmother’s fur coat nor my mother-in-law’s ‘gator handbag because I think it’s wrong, not for fear of persecution. Still, I’m neither an angel nor a paragon of virtue, and I don’t think I need to be in order to be “permitted” to criticize the use of fur in fashion. Just sayin’.
Lizpr, I meant “mend our ways” regarding hypocritical attitudes/behavior: I agree with you that we are all hypocrites in one way or the other, and I think it is a life-long challenge to always try and be honest with ourselves and our “hidden” agendas ;)
Caterina, I don’t think Scott is judgmental about what people wear and from where! That is why his blog is unique!
He adores style and fashion across the globe.. In his head there must be a romantic story of this girl wearing a patterned gilet and cute shoes in that gorgeous light! No questions asked..just a moment captured!