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Know Your Wearable Critters

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Sable:
Higher-end, catlike cousin of weasels and minks; hunted by expert marksmen who aim to fell them with one shot between the eyes to minimize pelt damage. $$$$$

Fox:
Bred on Scandinavian farms to produce up to 30 colors. $$

Mink:
The most popular fur for its durability, density, and lightness; most comes from Europe, but the best-quality pelts are farmed in Wisconsin, Oregon, and Utah. $$$

Beaver:
Super-glossy in texture; can be sheared to create a lighter alternative to tundra-ready pelts like wolverine. $$

Coyote:
A favorite of menswear designers; snared in the wild in the Dakotas, New York, California, and along the Canadian border. $$$

Rabbit:
Extremely soft but frail and inclined to shedding. $$

Chinchilla:
Now exclusively farmed after being hunted to near extinction in the nineteenth century. With an average of 60 hairs growing from each follicle, the squirrelly animal’s pelt has a velvety texture. $$$$

Nutria:
Recently marketed as “righteous fur” because the rodents can be considered pests in the wild. $

Possum:
To cut down on overpopulation, New Zealand has attempted to promote the coarse skin as “Eco-Fur.” $


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