Fur Supply Chain 

Fur info 

Fur Supply Chain


The fur trade is truly international, linking farmers and trappers, veterinary scientists and academic researchers, auctions, wholesalers, buyers, manufacturers, dressers, dyers, designers and international fashion brands, retailers and trade associations around the world.   

Approximately 85% of fur is from fur farms and 15% comes from sustainable, abundant wild
populations. No endangered species are used in the fur trade.  

Most producers sell their pelts through auction houses to international buyers and brokers.  The largest of these are based in Finland, Denmark, Russia, USA and Canada. Fur is sorted and graded by skilled trained workers at the auction houses. 

The raw pelts are sent to dressers and dyers where the skins are softened and preserved using a variety of tanning techniques, most of which have remained unchanged for hundreds of years. There are strict regulations over which chemicals can be used.

The treated pelts can then be manufactured into fur garments, accessories or home furnishings.  
Working with fur is a skill; craftsmen and women learn a mixture of traditional and modern
techniques for hand cutting, stranding and sewing fur.