Real or Faux fur?

All of our fur comes real unless you request to have faux instead. If you prefer faux fur, simply write “FAUX” in the instructions box at checkout. It’s as simple as that! 

 

FAUX:

We have a limited amount of faux, as we have traveled the world to find and use the best and softest quality of faux fur in the world to date that is extremely rare to find. Because of the rarity of the faux, all real & faux are the same price. 

REAL FUR:

***No animals are hunted or hurt at all for our products!***

Real Fur Available: Fox, Mink, Sable, and Shearing. 

We love fashion. And we love the resources that nature offers us. Therefore it is our intention to be as responsible as possible with these resources. With the sustainable label GreenCollection we have developed a product line which stands for conservation of resources in production and which is also true to our extravagant demands. Our GreenCollection ensures that fur can be worn with a clear conscience. And we are more than a little proud of this.

 

SUSTAINABILITY

FUR IS BY NATURE SUSTAINABLE BECAUSE IT IS A RENEWABLE NATURAL MATERIAL, WHICH AFTER THE END OF WORKING LIFE, BECOMES PART OF A NATURAL CYCLE.

 

FUR’S SUSTAINABLE STRENGTHS

 

  • MINK FEED IS MADE FROM AMONG OTHER THINGS, LEFTOVERS FROM THE HUMANE FOOD PRODUCTION INDUSTRY.
  • THE ENTIRE MINK IS USED – FX. AS COMPONENTS IN BUILDING MATERIALS AND IN FERTILIZER.
  • FUR HAS A LONG LIFETIME – UP TO 40 YEARS AND CAN BE REUSED AND SEWED, WHICH INCREASES THE FURS’ LIFETIME.
  • FUR IS BIODEGRADABLE, SO WHEN THE FUR IS WORN OUT AND DISPOSED OF, IT BECOMES PART OF A NATURAL CYCLE.

 

ANIMAL WELFARE

NO REGION IN THE WORLD HAS AS STRICT AND COMPREHENSIVE ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELFARE LEGISLATION AS THE EUROPEAN UNION BUT EVEN SO, IN 2009 THE EUROPEAN INDUSTRY ORGANISATION ‘FUR EUROPE’ INITIATED A NEW WELFARE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM, WHICH AIMS TO DEVELOP AN IMPARTIAL, THOROUGH AND DETAILED EVALUATION TOOL FOR ASSESSING THE WELFARE OF MINK AND FOX. THIS PROGRAMME IS CALLED WELFUR AND IT IS THE FIRST EVALUATION TOOL WITHIN AGRICULTURE THAT ON A SCIENTIFIC BASIS DOCUMENTS THE FRAMEWORK OF THE ANIMALS PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY IN TERMS OF WELL-BEING.

WELFUR IS BASED ON A COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION OF INFORMATION ABOUT FUR BREEDING AND CONTAINS FOUR OVERALL CRITERIA: GOOD FEED, GOOD ANIMAL HOUSING, GOOD ANIMAL HEALTH AND APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR. THE CRITERIA COVER A NUMBER OF PRINCIPLES, WHICH IN DETAIL DEAL WITH THE ANIMALS’ OPTIMAL WAY OF LIFE. THE CERTIFICATION IS IN PRACTICE CARRIED OUT BY BALTIC CONTROL, A HIGHLY RESPECTED CERTIFICATION BODY. WITH ACTIVITIES IN 42 COUNTRIES, BALTIC CONTROL IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING VERIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION BODIES WITHIN FOOD AND FOOD-RELATED SUPPLY CHAINS.

SAKSPOTTS ONLY WORK WITH KOPENHAGEN FUR, WHO BY 2020 WILL ONLY ACCEPT MINK AND FOX SKINS THAT ARE WELFUR-CERTIFIED. AS SOON AS WELFUR SKINS ARE PUT UP FOR SALE, SAKSPOTTS WILL ONLY BUY AND USE WELFUR CERTIFIED SKINS.

 

MINK

MINK IS SOFT AND FINE BUT STILL DURABLE AND LONG LASTING. MINK IS FOUND IN MANY DIFFERENT TYPES, COLOURS AND QUALITIES AND IS CHARACTERIZED BY A HIGH DEGREE OF UNIFORMITY, DENSITY AND VOLUME. WE ONLY USE FURS FROM KOPENHAGEN FUR, WHO IS KNOWN ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR SELLING FUR OF EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH QUALITY.

ALL MINK FUR USED IN OUR DESIGNS COMES FROM HIGHLY REGULATED, EUROPEAN FARMS. THE EUROPEAN LEGISLATION IS BASED ON MANY YEARS OF INDEPENDENT RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY SCIENTISTS ALL OVER THE REGION AND CONTROLLED BY INDEPENDENT BODIES.

 

FOX

FOX FUR IS LONG, THICK AND DENSE AND THERE ARE UP TO 20 DIFFERENT NATURAL COLOURS, COVERING DIFFERENT NUANCES OF BLACK, RED, BROWN AND WHITE. THE HAIRS ARE LONGER AND MORE EYE-CATCHING COMPARED TO OTHER TYPES OF FUR. ALL FOX FUR USED IN OUR DESIGNS COMES FROM NORWEGIAN FARMS, WHICH MUST BE CERTIFIED ACCORDING TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF ‘FARMSERT’, A CERTIFICATION WHICH BUILDS ON STRICT REQUIREMENTS AS WELL AS THE INDUSTRY’S OWN ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS.

 

FUR PLATES

WHEN WORKING WITH NATURAL FUR, NO PIECE IS EVER ALLOWED TO GO TO WASTE. EVEN SMALL CUTTINGS LEFT OVER FROM MAKING LARGER GARMENTS ARE COLLECTED AND EVERY TINY BIT – SOMETIMES AS SMALL AS A CENTIMETER WIDE – ARE USED IN THE MAKING OF PATCHWORKS KNOWN AS FUR PLATES. SEWN TOGETHER, WHAT WERE SCRAPS BECOME GARMENTS, WHICH HAS THE SAME DISTINCT TEXTURE AS ANY OTHER MINK FUR.

 

SHEARLING

SHEARLING IS A SKIN FROM LAMB OR SHEEP THAT HAS BEEN TANNED WITH THE FUR LEFT ON. SHEARLING HAS TWO DIFFERENT SURFACES; SUEDE ON ONE SIDE AND FUR ON THE OTHER. SHEARLING IS A VERY STRONG AND DENSE MATERIAL THAT CAN LAST FOR DECADES, WHICH MAKE IT VERY SUSTAINABLE. 

SHEEP SKINS CAN BE ANYTHING FROM SHORT AND DENSE TO LONG AND VIBRANT AND SAKS POTTS USE DIFFERENT BREEDS PENDING ON THE EXPRESSION WE WANT TO GIVE THE CLOTHING. ALL THE SHEARLING WE USE IS A BY-PRODUCT FROM THE MEAT INDUSTRY, WHICH MEANS THAT THERE IS A ZERO WASTE OF THE ANIMAL AFTER. 

 

FAQ

 

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT FUR HAS A PLACE IN THE FUTURE OF FASHION?

YES DEFINITELY. NATURAL FUR IS A MATERIAL LIKE NO OTHER. IT NOT ONLY BRINGS SOMETHING UNIQUE TO THE TABLE IN TERMS OF AESTHETICS AND IT’S ONE OF THE MOST SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS AVAILABLE OUT THERE. WE BELIEVE THAT THE FUTURE NEEDS SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS, AND USING NATURAL FUR INSTEAD OF FAKE FUR IS ONE OF THE ANSWERS TO THE CHALLENGES, THE FASHION TRADE IS FACING.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON WELFARE AND RIGHTS OF FUR ANIMALS?

THE FUR IN OUR COLLECTIONS COMES FROM KOPENHAGEN FUR, THE WORLD’S LARGEST FUR AUCTION HOUSE AND A MARKET LEADER WITHIN ALL ASPECTS OF THE FUR TRADE, INCLUDING ANIMAL WELFARE.

ANIMAL WELFARE IS OF COURSE A SUBJECT THAT MANY ASK US ABOUT AND IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO EMPHASIZE, THAT WE ONLY USE FUR WHERE A HIGH DEGREE OF ANIMAL WELFARE CAN BE DOCUMENTED.

FURTHERMORE, WE ONLY USE THE BEST QUALITIES OF FUR IN OUR COLLECTIONS, BECAUSE THE QUALITY VERY CLEARLY SPEAKS TO THE WAY THE ANIMALS HAVE BEEN TREATED THROUGHOUT THEIR WHOLE LIVES. WHEN IT COMES TO FUR, THE FACT IS THAT YOU CANNOT ACHIEVE HIGH QUALITY WITHOUT THE ANIMALS HAVINGLED GOOD LIVES, BOTH PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY.

 

HOW CAN YOU BE SO SURE, THAT THE ANIMALS ARE TREATED WELL?

THERE ARE MANY STRICT REGULATIONS IN PLACE TO ENSURE A HIGH DEGREE OF ANIMAL WELFARE. IN DENMARK FOR EXAMPLE, VETERINARIANS PAY SEVERAL VISITS A YEAR TO EACH FUR FARM, WHICH MUST BE CERTIFIED, AND ALL FARMS ARE ALSO CONTROLLED BY BODIES WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT.

NO REGION IN THE WORLD HAS AS STRICT AND COMPREHENSIVE ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELFARE LEGISLATION AS THE EUROPEAN UNION BUT EVEN SO, IN 2009 THE EUROPEAN TRADEORGANISATION ‘FUR EUROPE’ INITIATED A NEW WELFARE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM. THIS AIMS TO DEVELOP AN IMPARTIAL, THOROUGH AND DETAILED EVALUATION TOOL FOR ASSESSING THE WELFARE OF MINK AND FOX. THIS PROGRAMME IS CALLED WELFUR AND IT IS THE FIRST EVALUATION TOOL WITHIN AGRICULTURE THAT ON A SCIENTIFIC BASIS DOCUMENTS THE FRAMEWORK OF THE ANIMALS PHYSICALLY AND IN TERMS OF WELL-BEING.

SAKSPOTTS ONLY WORK WITH KOPENHAGEN FUR, WHO BY 2020 WILL ONLY ACCEPT MINK AND FOX SKINS THAT ARE WELFUR-CERTIFIED. AS SOON AS WELFUR SKINS ARE AVAILABLE, WE WILL ONLY BUY AND USE WELFUR CERTIFIED SKINS.

 

WHY DO YOU USE FUR IN YOUR COLLECTIONS?

NATURAL FUR - LIKE MANY OTHER MATERIALS - ARE PART OF OUR COLLECTIONS BECAUSE WE LOVE THE MATERIAL ITSELF. IT HELPS TO REALIZE OUR CREATIVE VISIONS IN A WAY, NO OTHER MATERIALS CAN AS IT ADDS A UNIQUE AND TRUE DIMENSION AND DEPTH TO OUR CREATIVE EXPRESSION. FOR EXAMPLE, WE WORK A LOT WITH VOLUME, AND HERE FUR GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE SOME VERY SPECIAL SILHOUETTES. FUR IS AT ONCE BOTH A BEAUTIFUL, DURABLE AND HIGHLY SUSTAINABLE.

 

WHY DON’T YOU JUST USE FAKE FUR IN YOUR COLLECTIONS?

SOME MAY SAY THAT FUR IS AN UNNECESSARY LUXURY PRODUCT, BECAUSE THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES AVAILABLE THAT CAN KEEP PEOPLE WARM, BUT TO US, THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT HOLD UP, NOR DO WE THINK THE MANMADE ALTERNATIVE IS A GOOD ONE.

FIRST OF ALL, WE REGARD FUR AS BEING ON PAR WITH FOR EXAMPLE BEEF, MILK, LEATHER AND WOOL OR ANY OTHER ANIMALISTIC PRODUCTS, PEOPLE USE EVERY DAY. WHEN ANIMALS ARE TREATED WITH THE HIGHEST DEGREE OF RESPECT, WHICH THEY ALWAYS SHOULD BE, WE DO NOT OPPOSE THE LEGAL USE OF ANY SUCH MATERIALS OR PRODUCTS.

SECOND OF ALL, NATURAL FUR IS AN INCREDIBLY SUSTAINABLE MATERIAL. IT'S BOTH DURABLE, RENEWABLE, BUT IS ALSO INCLUDED IN NATURE'S OWN CIRCUIT AFTER USE WHICH IS ONE OF THE REASON WE STARTED WORKING WITH FUR IS IN THE FIRST PLACE.