All are warm, plush, blow-in-the-wind and remarkably realistic dense faux furs, made from French designer furs. (Click on any photo to visit elle Vintage for more details, and 52 other pairs of faux fur earmuffs to choose from.)
It’s my busy season and I have been caught up in a whirlwind of orders and making and developing some new products. Here are some that I have worked on in the past few weeks. Come visit and see what else is new!
Sitting, ever faithful, my mascot. I noticed her across the way here today, and it struck me how beautiful and appreciated she is. She models my earmuffs and hats. She has been responsible for so much of my success.
I chuck her around and implement her without too much thought, usually. She serves me. She serves me well, with her unique, cartoonish, art deco, and yes, in-your-face beauty. She is Isab-elle.
I adopted her in 2012 at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. She is definitely the best $60 I ever spent.
I loved this jacket!
Until recently, I had a category in my shop to sell vintage fur coats that I picked here and there. Occasionally, I would find one that was just too perfect and cute to cut up and recycle into a bear, a pillow cover, pom poms, or earmuffs, so I would put it up for sale, as is. I’ve abandoned that category for the time being, because as beautiful as these coats are, I just can’t resist transforming them into those equally beautiful products.
This platinum beige mink fur jacket was one of those perfect ones. At one time, I’m guessing it was a classic mink fur design, but somewhere along the way, it had been re-styled into this short mink. It had sweater sleeves that were removable by zippers — to make it into a vest, if desired. Seriously perfect. I had it up for sale for more than a year, but no one bought it.
Yesterday, I took it all apart and today, it’s no longer a jacket.
Interestingly, when I open these coats up, sometimes there are notes inside, hand-written on the pelts. The furriers will write their names, and sometimes — and I love this — they’ll write the date.
Whether it’s the date of the original design or whether it’s the date of the re-style, “11-1-77” was when this jacket was worked on. I find this so interesting. So long ago!
At any rate, it will live on for many many years to come and be cherished by a couple of lucky people: I was able to fit my pattern to make two bears, exactly. There’s not much left ! I will be making some pom pom earrings with this and maybe some shoe poms.
The first bear is finished and her name is Liona. She’s pretty perfect and cute too!
You can see more details about Liona here.
Sometimes it is hard to recycle a beautiful jacket, but bringing something like Liona to life and making someone really happy, makes it easy.
Stay tuned for the second platinum beige bear to come ❤