Wearing fur is not a good look. Even if you can afford it (we can’t) draping yourself in the pelt of a dead animal that was bred and died for your fashion choices is a pretty indefensible position for many. Got that, North West?
But what this designer is doing with material that would otherwise be abandoned by the roadside? Well, we’re waivering.
Have a look:Raccoon trim gloves in alpaca wool (image via @petitemortethicalfur Instagram)
Pamela Paquin, 39 is an US-based ethical fashion designer. And she uses fur. But her fur comes from under your tyres. That’s right, roadkill.
Her company – called Petite Mort – makes everything using the fur from animals that are killed on the side of the road. The Highway Department and Animal Control who are able to collect the road kill supply the company with most of it.
The animals are still skinned (remember they have already had their fate sealed on the side of a busy road) – they are then frozen and taken to a taxidermist. Finally the fur is tanned and sewed (this can take up to 20 hours of hand made labour).
And the most unique part – everything that’s created has a badge that tells you what type of animal was involved and a certification declaring that the animal was made from road kill.