Secrets to a Happy Toronto Winter: #5. Fur doesn’t have to make you feel bad

Secrets to a Happy Toronto Winter: #5. Fur doesn’t have to make you feel bad

Secrets to a Happy Toronto Winter: #5. Fur doesn’t have to make you feel bad (Image: Thomas van der Zaag)
 

After decades of guilt-induced abstinence, we’re reintroducing furs to our winter wardrobes, this time with an ethical pedigree. The plushest pelts come from Toronto designer Farley Chatto, who sources his furs from Origin Assured, an organization that guarantees its stock comes from a country where the trapping is regulated and the animals are treated humanely. Chatto’s fall 2014 runway show was a parade of luxurious furs that felt straight out of Doctor Zhivago: ­red fox coats, mink stoles and coyote hats. His designs, which run up to $200,000 for a Barguzin sable coat, have enticed celebs like Sarah ­Jessica Parker, Elton John, Richard Branson and Drake (who commissioned a silver fox and ­chinchilla coat trimmed with Russian broadtail for his 27th birthday). 331 Adelaide St. W., ­416-831-9941.