Around 12 months ago, the world-famous London department store Harrods approached the British Fur Trade Association (BFTA) with a request to provide fur training for some of their staff.
Harrods offers a bespoke in-house alteration service for customers who need garments tailored to fit or, if vintage, to update the style. Experienced fitters discuss the client’s needs and draft a brief, which is then relayed to a team of skilled tailors.
Due to the rising popularity of fur in UK, Harrods are experiencing a big increase in the number of alteration requests involving fur. However, without specialist nature of the material, Harrods approached the BFTA for help. Their teams wanted to know how to take and deliver major alterations but also, they wanted to know more about fur itself. Where did it come from? How was it produced? How is animal welfare taken care of?
CEO of the BFTA Mike Moser, together with BFTA member and furrier Ninx Flanagan, ran two workshops, in April and May, attended by 24 fitters. The workshops focused on the sustainability and welfare of fur and the moral ambiguity of anti-fur activists. They also learned how to lengthen and shorten garments, taking in or letting out and other common alterations.
The workshops were extremely popular and Harrods have already expressed an interest in arranging further training in the near future.
If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact MIKE MOSER at the BFTA.
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