Discounting one’s politics on the matter, there are many merits to the material: real fur is extremely warm, water-resistant on days that are both cold and wet, and its tactility is unsurpassed by the faux versions. I’ve long lauded men who use fur as coat enhancements; it lends such a kingly air to a look, and is always a piece of conversation. There was a large fur stole worn over the shoulder of a coat at Damir Doma Fall 2012, and thought I needed something similar when I tried the piece on at Joyce Boutique in Hong Kong. My vintage mink stole from the 1960′s, a fruit of sensible eBaying, is my take on fur as a coat enhancement.
I still can’t get myself to wear full-on fur, but somehow wearing a stole over a wool coat makes it feel more like an oversize collar than a Sasquatch suit. I think it works just as well with a shorter wool jacket as it does with a long coat.
photographs by Michael Schaeffer