American mink fur is the world’s most famous and popular fur. Why?
Mink is stylish, durable, soft, fashionable, warm and accessible. Everything that you’d want and expect out of a fur, mink can provide.
In today’s post, we’ll be going over why mink is one of the best furs for fashion, and why it is so coveted by fur wearers globally.
Mink Guard Hairs Are Short, Perfect for the Fashion World
The guard hairs on a fur are the ones that give is its sheen and color. The length of the guard hairs is important because short hairs furs like mink are part of fur fashion, while long hair furs are seen in trim nowadays.
Short haired mink was not always number one in the fashion rankings, back in the 1930’s the fur fashion was different in fur’s golden age. Long-haired furs were getting all the screen time, furs such as fox, followed by skunk and muskrat.
Short haired furs were still desirable, such as sable and ermine, but sable was not being farmed yet and minks were not nearly the quality they are today. After World War II, mink rose to the top, there are many theories as to why this happened but many think it has to do with women joining the workforce and being able to pick and buy their own furs.
Mink Fur is Some of the Softest Fur on the Planet
If you like your furs soft, and I mean really soft, mink fur will satisfy you greatly. The softness of a fur reflects the density of the hairs, a mink has 24,000 per cm2. To compare this to that of a human head which is about 190 hairs per cm2, wow!
If you’re looking for something to keep you warm this winter, think mink. Mink is extremely warm, the fur is meant to keep the mink warm all winter long. The secret to keeping the wearer warm is the thick undercoat which is hidden by the sheen of the top hairs. Faux fur just doesn’t compare, if you’re wearing synthetic fiber such as polyester, nylon, or polar fleece, it won’t keep up with the warmth a natural fur can provide you.
Mink Fur Is Durable
Durability is not on the list of priorities when shopping for fur, all furs are durable, much more so than faux fur. The most durable furs we don’t even wear in fashion because they are too bulky and we’d all be looking like mountain men or walking rugs (because the most durable furs such as bear or wolverine are used for rugs). Mink is tied for the fifth most durable fur with a score of 70, this is very high and plenty for your mink to last for decades.
Sheared mink is more popular than ever. Shearing reduces the length of the fur hairs to give it a shorter, even file, and lighter feel almost like a textile. Although beaver may be the best sheared fur, mink has many advantages making it the better option as a shearling fashion statement.
Mink guard hairs are smooth as silk and do not need to be plucked before being sheared. This lowers the cost drastically for the suppliers and for the consumers.
Mink is also lighter than beaver, light is good. When something is light and still extremely warm that is a big win in fashion.
Also, mink pelts are available in the millions, much more available than beaver.
And mink is already the world’s favorite fur! So shearing mink was easy and the idea sold itself.
Because minks can be so selectively bread, there is a wide range of undyed mink colors that can be had. The following is a list of mink fur colors:
- Sapphire Cross
- Pastel Cross
- Palomino Cross
- Black Cross
- Silver Blue Cross
- Dawn Cross
- Silver Blue
The color variety of mink is an incredible feature for designers and consumers. Allowing for the ability to create all new varieties of fashion with these colors and giving many more options to buyers.