The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 10, 1968 · Page 241
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 241

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MIEN MQi "J I Kt .- , v,h'-w-- t 1 1 ! r r ; 'J pCJ t ; I 5) If 1 IF1 Illy In! by Rosalind Massow Off-white nutria in mini-length by Arthur Phaff, priced at $495; matching hat, $40. v I Li I There's a good chance that the fur coat under the Christmas tree this year may be for dad furs have become the number one status item in men's fashions. And before 1969 rolls around, more than 30,000 men will be wrapped in minks, muskrats, calfskin and lamb, say industry spokesmen. Furs have widespread appeal for the college man and older grad, who want them in school colors (see cover), and one banker has shelled out $15,000 for a British warmer in sea otter. This sudden acceptance of furs by men had to happen. It's phase two of the male fashion revolution which first brought velvet dinner jackets and ruffled shirts out in the open. And why not furs? Until now, except for the raccoon rage of the '20's, most men wouldn't be caught dead in fur unless carefully hidden in the lining. Quarterback Joe Namath and actor Paul Newman helped fix that. These style-conscious he-men have turned the fur thing inside out and proudly sport minks. It all happened so fast that furriers, used to women's coats, have to be reminded on which side to sew the buttons. College colors Men's styles are traditional cloth coats done up in furs chesterfields,, .double-breasted, single-breasted and trench coats. Men don't like being conspicuous in their seals and sables, you know. The one exception, of course, is the college coat in color created by noted furrier Mike Forrest of Coopchik-Forrest. The fad got underway when a customer, William Wrightson, an A&P executive and a sentimental grad, wanted a Dartmouth-green Norwegian seal to wear at football games. Now all the resiof the fellows with emotional school ties want them, too, Forrest says. If you're thinking of buying dear dad a fur, you'll be happy to learn they are not as expensive as mother's less tailoring involved. Sheared rabbits sell at $400, a pieced mink coat at under $1000, muskrats start at $495, and a midnight-blue Persian that reverses to black cashmere is a cool $3500. But if you can't afford the real fur, there's always Dynel $150 with a real mink collar. Everybody's happy about the new men's fashions except the conservationists. They fear that the demand for additional pelts will kill off wildlife. However, furriers are on their side. Allen Case of Sheryll-Allen, says: "We try not to use rare animals. We use only those that are specifically raised for pelts and meat, like cattle, lamb, American opossum and rabbits. In general, furriers feel there's an unlimited choice from among the plentiful animalsskunk, marmot, rabbit, weasels, raccoon, nutria, wolf and others. It used to be the way to a man's heart was through his stomach, but a fur coat will do Reddish-brown muskrat has notched collar, cuffed pocket; Coopchik-Forrest, at $495. ! "1 Ml Am ykJllLfc "till) . ! , 17 - 1 - -i feh f I I '-! - ( 7 Y 4 r l ; i ,. ,,. y t - . - - A ... . i. -VL - . - y Ths filled maxi-lenglh marmot coat is a Ceorep? Cnn rr0.,,v, Siown here in stenciled black and beige plaid and priced about $89.5. ON THE COVER: Three little South African lambs that lost their way and ended up on campus: left to right, Princeton orange and black, Har- " vard crimson, Yale blue. Created by Coopchik-Forrest, all sell at $395. tne trick this year. If you can't buy a whole one, start your man off with a fur collar. Ben Thylan's elegant sheared black Lakoda seal with black leather trim sells for $1275. 27

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