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Men wearing fur? Joe Namath and 70s-era pimps might first come to mind. But now, a new generation of men, are padding their wardrobes with mink, coyote and raccoon faux furs. With the help of designers such as Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Calvin Klein, fur has crossed the gender divide.
Faux fur mink jackets for men are being worn with jeans with leopard patches, while lots of blazers and pants with cow, pony and zebra patterns are showing up on runways and in stores. (Daily News Record, Strachman, 2006)
With many warm and elegant alternatives widely available, fur is simply unnecessary.' And so, the faux fur coats market for men has exploded. 'Many of the faux fur designs are so beautiful and so good you can't tell the difference from the real thing these days,' one London fashionista told the Mail. 'I have a fake raccoon jacket which I bought in one of the trendiest boutiques in North London. (Daily Telegraph, London UK, 2007)
Teresa Platt, executive director of America's Fur Commission, warns: 'Faux fur coats do not degrade for at least 600 years and may take thousands of years.
"It's not like the old days when it didn't look good and didn't feel good," she said. "There are some pieces where it's almost indistinguishable. If you look closer, of course, you can tell."
"Faux fur is one of the hugest trends of the season," said Sarah Shirley, a New York-based fashion stylist and trend expert for Sears. "Faux is fun, and you don't have to sink a lot of money into it."