Summer 2012 Wild Fur Newsletter Read more
In early December, NAFA offers aÂ three week sorting and auction procedures training program for the international fur trade.Â Graduates of the course acquire in-depth knowledge of the principles of sorting a wide spectrum of fur types including North American Mink, European Mink, Ranch Fox and the main varieties of Wild Fur.
NAFA Announces 2013 Preliminary Auction Schedule Read more
The September auction’s preliminary sales programme is now available. Read more
STRONG PRICES ON DAY ONE
Prices remained high during the first day of selling at American Legendâs May auction. The auction began with Blackglama males selling firm to slightly stronger compared to March. Greece was the leading buyer with support from Hong Kong/China.Â American Legend Mahogany and Ranch Wild males sold firm to slightly easier compared to March levels with buying led by Hong Kong/China with widespread support.Â Breeder males concluded the auction and were 100% sold at levels that were strong compared to the regular collection.
Day two of the American Legend May auction started with Blackglama females advancing 5% over March 2012 sales results. Korea was the main buyer with very strong support from Greece and Hong Kong/China. Read more
American Legend is pleased to announce the selling schedule for the 2013 auction season. The two offerings of the world-renowned Blackglama and American Legend mink will take place March 21-25 and May 19-23. Read more
30% increase in confirmed orders and 50% in the number of visitors over last year.
Fur Excellence in Athens 2012, International Fur Fair, finished with great success, in a critical moment for the Fur Industry due to the high prices in skins. Fur Excellence in Athens 2012, International Fur Fair, held at Expo Athens, between 28-31 of March 2012, continued the success of previous International Fur Exhibitions, displaying the dynamic of the Fur Industry and particularly of this International Exhibition.
The turnover of the sales and orders placed during the exhibition is up to 30% compared to the last yearâs Exhibition. The biggest volume of transactions has taken place in the third and fourth day of the Fur Excellence in Athens 2012. More than 1700 business visitors, increased by 50% compared with those of the Exhibition of 2011 visited the fair. Almost all of them consisted of overseas buyers the majority of whom were from Russia, Ukraine, Siberia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Latvia, etc. The latter together with the Koreans, and Chinese visitors consisted the biggest buyers of fur products. In Fur Excellence in Athens 2012, International Fur Fair, participated 53 Greek Companies and 10 companies from Overseas with high fashion products that attracted the interest of the Exhibitors. The Exhibitors expressed their satisfaction for the results of a well-organized event and especially for the large-scale orders placed and for the number of international visitors. Fur Excellence in Athens 2012, International Fur Fair is an important event that wins over markets thanks to an offer focused on quality and creativity.
The 1st International Fur Forum concluded with the interest of the international fur trade turned to Kastoria. The participation of all organisations in the fur sector was spectacular, thus applauding the initiative of the Hellenic Association of Furriers and ushering in a new era for the fur trade.
40 speakers, all important personalities from the fashion and trade sector, who came from Russia, Finland, Denmark, Great Britain, Netherlands, USA, Canada, Italy, Turkey, Greece and China, raised issues regarding production, auctions, the processing and distribution of raw materials, manufacturing, fashion, as well as financial issues.
Ms Tina Jagros, NAFA’s Executive Director said: “In the US there is a new target group of approximately 80,000,000 young people who use technology for their daily communication, spend large amounts on gadgets and with the right approach they can become our clients of tomorrow”. She continued: “our goal must be to approach new markets and free our business from the traditional Russian markets. This is the only way to ensure our sustainability and future as a trade”.
During his participation in the forum, Mr Li Qing Yuan, Vice President of the Chinese Fur Federation and Director General of the Chinese company Beijing Yuanlong Fur & Leather Co. Ltd., proposed the twinning of Kastoria and China’s Yuang Yuan, a city of 300,000 inhabitants that is home to approximately 500 fur companies. The Hellenic Association of Furriers conveyed the proposal to the Municipality of Kastoria and it was accepted by the Major of Kastoria, Mr. Ioannis Tsamisis.
Mr. Vasilis Kardasis, professor at the Royal College of Art in London and Creative Director of Studio NAFA, mentioned how important education and know-how are to the sector, while Ms Thes Tziveli referred to the need to also exploit the raw material in fields other than the garment industry, such as interior design. Mr. Ditsios from Ditsios Bros S.A. highlighted the unbreakable bond between fur and ecology, and underlined how current this bond is today.
The 1st International Fur Forum ended in an enthusiastic atmosphere, establishing the Forum as an annual event with the next one scheduled for 2010 in Canada with the support of the Fur Institute & Fur Council of Canada.
The conclusions of the Forum concern:
- the creation of the Fur Observatory
- the twinning of the cities of Kastoria and Yuang Yuan, China
- actions to adjust the duties between the EU, Russia and China with the aim of achieving the lowest possible tariffs
- the expansion of fur markets and the approach of a new target group aged 13 to 25
- the ecological nature of fur and the backing of the sector in its efforts to fight climate change
- the exploitation of new technologies
- the economic crisis and freeing the sector from it
The far-reaching project of the Hellenic Association of Furriers and flawless organisation of the event have made quite an impression, thus improving the image that the global fur trade had of the Greek fur market. It gave a boost and also established the Forum as an institution of vital importance and an instrument of development that will contribute in various ways to the general improvement of the sector.