gryphon fakes it
PETA’s long, paint-spattered war against the fashion industry hasn’t had much success in dampening the demand for pretty pelts, but that’s not necessarily because the stylish lack hearts—it could more be blamed on a lack of alternatives to naturally warm and soft furs that don’t involve giant, puffy quilting or flammable-feeling fakes. But come September, Gryphon designer Aimee Cho might just change that leopard’s spots with her “responsible fur” initiative, which includes styles trimmed in recycled and reclaimed fur (hand-selected from vintage pieces and flea-market finds). Other coats, like our favorite trench, above, make use of a wonderfully luxurious faux fur, sourced from special mills, that looks and feels like a completely different species from the polyester nightmares of fakes-gone-by. For more information, see www.gryphon-ny.com.