Know Your Wearable Critters

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. $$$$$

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

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. $$$

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

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

Extremely soft but frail and inclined to shedding. $$

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. $$$$

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

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

Know Your Wearable Critters