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The Best Luxury Faux Fur Brands in the World

What are the best brands for luxury faux fur and shearling coats this season?

More and more global luxury brands have announced their decisions to go fur-free. As fall arrives and temperatures drop, we’ve assessed the new options in faux leather jackets, and now we’re turning our attention to faux fur and faux shearling. What are the best luxury faux fur brands in the world right now? Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has rounded up eight designers and brands that are at the sustainable fashion forefront in fur, along with the faux fur and shearling coats to have on your list this season.

the future of fur is faux

Come the end of winter, there was an annual fashion ritual in our house when I was growing up. I remember my mother rearranging the closets in our basement so that she could store her winter furs. Lots of luxury department stores annual promoted their cold storage facilities every spring.

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My mother was fastidious about having her furs cleaned and maintained properly. And I grew up with the promise that one day, she’d have the longest one made into a short mink jacket for me. She probably realized that I was not the type to appreciate a mink jacket (or take care of it properly). At any rate, ultimately she gifted them to her sisters when she moved permanently to tropical climates.

What are the best faux fur and shearling coat brands in the world right now?

What are the best faux fur and shearling coat brands in the world right now?

faux is the new real

It’s just as well. I’d have a lot of explaining to do if I wore a fur coat these days, both on the streets of New York and in my own home with kids who are in the throes of a wild animal obsession. There are lots of reasons to say no to fur. You’ve seen the photos. We don’t need to go there.

Faux fur had a huge moment this past winter. Advances in textile technology continue to get more sophisticated, resulting in faux fur that looks, feels and moves like real fur.

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High profile fashion designers have embraced the ethical and cruelty-free look, and have renounced the use of fur going forward. Among them, most notably? Gucci, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Versace, Michael Kors, and Burberry.

Faux fur is not without its own problems, though

It’s not particularly environmentally friendly, much like most other textiles. Creating it, after all, is a chemical process that relies on fossil fuels like petroleum and coal. And the synthetic dying process of the fibers results in significant water pollution.

faux fur trimmed jacket

What brands have the best faux fur and shearling coats right now?

What is an animal-loving, eco-friendly fashion lover to do?

Turns out there are some wonderful and chic options out there by designers who have had the same dilemma. Check out our list of 8 faux fur brands to consider shopping from. No longer a novelty item to dispose of after a season, these luxurious and elevated outerwear options are made to last, just like your grandmother’s fur coat.

And there’s always buying vintage as another alternative, should none of these suit.

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The Best Luxury Faux Fur Brands in the World

1. House of Fluff

 CEO Kym Canter sold not 1, not 2, but 26 of her personal collection of furs to fund her cult label brand of faux fur coats. House of Fluff’s outerwear is crafted from earth-friendly materials that still feel and look luxurious. They are made in New York City in a fair trade factory from textiles that the company has personally developed in Italy to be as non-toxic as possible. And the dyes are naturally derived from plant bark, berries and flowers. So no two jackets are exactly the same. In the pipeline are textiles that can be composted. But for now, all surplus materials are put to good use to make Scrappys– a collection of fashionable stuffed characters.

The designs themselves are the epitome of urban glam. These coats and jackets start at $400 for a bolero style up towards $1,250 for a leopard print shearling coat.

Faux fur brand House of Fluff

The best luxury faux fur and shearling brands: House of Fluff. Courtesy Photos.

2. House of Dagmar

Swedish brand House of Dagmar, founded by three sisters, coined the term “animal friendly fur” to describe their garments. Just to be clear, they use real fur but it is achieved with minimal damage to both the animal and the environment.

This is achieved through a special shaving technique that is gentle to the animal (lamb, mohair goat and alpaca). The fur is then weaved into a cotton base to create a fur jacket look. This cropped goat fur jacket retailing for $1,865 would look so cool with a pair of this season’s wide-legged trousers.

3. Miranda Dunn

 A relative newcomer to the faux fur world, British designer, Miranda Dunn showed her custom outerwear this year at LA’s Vegan Fashion Week. There is limited waste in her designs, as each piece is fully customized: colors, length and size. We especially love that the coats can be embellished with a design (stripe, stars, heart) or monogrammed with your initials cut in the same faux-fur that the jacket is made from. A classic monogrammed coat starts at $500.

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4. Shrimps

 This British label by Hannah Weiland is known for eye-catching faux fur outerwear with quirky motifs, patterns and color-blocking. Amazing technicolor dream coats made of plush, if you will.

After being seen on British fashion royalty like Alexa Chung and Poppy Delevigne, the brand took off. Faux-fur’s sustainability remains central to Weiland’s vision as she continually works with textile mills to further technologies to improve the sustainability of her products. This long A-line coat with painterly daffodils is $910.

Luxury faux fur jackets and coats

What are the best faux fur and shearling coat brands in the world right now? L to R: House of Dagmar; Miranda Dunn; and Shrimps. Courtesy Photos.

5. Tiziano Guardini

Italian designer Tiziano Guardini recently won the Mercedes Benz’s fashion prize for emerging talent. Sustainable textiles are at the heart of his emerging brand. And he’s been particularly innovative and experimental in the realm of the faux fur look.

Using plant-based furs like hemp, straw, and pine needles, he’s created “furry” effects that seem impossibly elevated and luxurious. In his bold and sporty Spring 2019 collection, Guardini used brightly colored yarns arranged in a shaggy pattern, creating a feathery look that was seen across several runways this season.

6. Maison Atia 

Co-founded by Chloe Mendel (daughter of creative director, Gilles Mendel of the house of J.Mendel) and friend, Gustave Maisonrouge, Maison Atia blends traditional fur heritage techniques with faux fur to create glamorous and nostalgic-looking coats and jackets. Their coats have been seen on the likes of Kate Moss, Gigi Hadid and Pink.

Based in New York, Maison Atia uses European textile mills that work with recycled materials. For the upcoming season, they are investigating ways to use organic cotton to create artificial fur. And there’s the puppies. For every coat sold, a homeless puppy or kitten is provided transportation to a no-kill shelter. We are loving this white, faux Mongolian lamb jacket with velour ribbon for $1,250.

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7. Unreal Fur

This PETA-approved, Melbourne-based label’s on-trend pieces are stocked at trendy sites like Revolve and FarFetch, as well as at top tier department stores. Their coats with ombré treatment are done particularly well. This rock star vibe jacket is $339.

As with many of the other faux fur labels, Unreal Fur is also internally developing sustainable fibers. Although they admit, they are not there yet. Currently they are experimenting with hemp and recycled fibers. In the meantime, the scraps from the production process are reused into their children line and their accessories.

What are the best brands for luxury faux fur and shearling coats this season?

What are the best brands for luxury faux fur and shearling coats this season? L to R: Tiziano Guardini; Unreal Fur; and Maison Atia. Courtesy Photos.

8. Stella McCartney

Of course we have to end this list with the grand dame of the vegan fashion world. Stella McCartney been at the forefront of the faux fur movement since her launch in 2001. Her work looks so real that a ‘fur free fur’ label is placed on the outside of the garment. The brand partners with a few select mills to produce materials in an environmentally sound way Although McCartney admits that more research and development is needed to make the textiles biodegradable.

Her downtown-cool design aesthetic makes these faux fur pieces look luxe and effortless in a way only Stella McCartney can. We are coveting this over-sized patchwork vest, which just happens to be on sale at Neiman Marcus for $943.

What are the best brands for luxury faux fur and shearling coats this season? Stella McCartney Faux Fur Jacket. Courtesy Photo.

The Best Luxury Faux Fur Brands in the World

Faux fur is far from being a faux pas anymore. It is a fashion statement, and an ethical one. While doing research on these established and up and coming brands, it is clear that they are on the forefront of evolving sustainable textile technology. Fashion is driving innovation, making it easier for all of us to avoid becoming fashion victims.

Which one of these faux fur or shearling coats or other items are likely to earn a place in your closet when the cold winds start to blow this season?

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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, fitness and even investigating police misconduct. Julie lives in NYC where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing and spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.

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