Harricana Recycled Fur

Harricana Recycled Fur

Regina Yunghans
Nov 16, 2007

Guilt-free real fur. Snuggle up in fur blankets, pillows, and rugs from Montreal-based Harricana Maison. They make home decor of recycled fur...

posted originally from: AT:New York

Designer Mariouche Gagné of Harricana recycles more than 6,000 fur coats each year for her home decor and fashion lines. One personal story behind her creations:

Ms. Boloten inherited [an old coat] from a beloved aunt. It was dated, with shoulders broader than a linebacker's and down to her ankles -- "I felt like a pimp every time I wore it." Still, she couldn't bear to give it away. But she also didn't want to keep it locked out of a sight in a closet.

In stepped Ms. Gagné with what ultimately was the perfect solution. She cut away at the tawny skin and turned it into two oversized fur pillows that the Bolotens now display on the Montauk couch in their contemporary-styled family room.

"They are so unusual," Ms. Boloten says. "Everyone comments on them. And I like them because they remind me of my aunt."

We love this approach to keeping heirlooms fresh and relevant. It's green, thoughtful, and thrifty.

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