$14 Billion Worth Of Furs Were Sold In 2010!

By Tracey Lomrantz, Glamour magazine

We may be a more environmentally conscious society than ever, with everything from steaks to sweatpants getting an eco-makeover, but that hasn't stopped the world's fur market from experiencing a surge in 2010.

Fashion Etc. recently published a new set of figures released by the International Fur Trade Federation (IFTF for short) that say sales of fur reached a whopping $14 billion in 2010--a five percent increase from the $13.3 billion in sales for 2009.

And if the fall 2011 runways are any indication, the trend will just keeping getting bigger: "Fur is the big fashion story of the Autumn 11-12 collections," said IFTF chairman Andy Lenhart. "Wholesale prices at the 2010-2011 winter auctions reached all-time highs, so we expect an even bigger increase in global sales turnover for the current financial year." Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, and Gucci would all support that theory--they're among the many major fashion houses that featured fur heavily in their fall collections.

Are you gals surprised to see that fur is experiencing such a strong renaissance? Is it discordant with what you'd expect from our ever-more-eco-conscious times? Would you ever buy a new fur coat? And is this a trend you think should stick around, or are you hoping it'll fade fast? Discuss!

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