Fashion Police Never Misses

{27 November 2007}   Chambray

Back in my retail days, I found it hard to get up in the morning really early specially when I slept late. One day, I went to the store really early since we had to manage the delivery. Argh. This means boxes of clothes waiting to be hanged, priced and displayed. I was barely awake and we all needed to work really fast. I did my best to be fast so we could finish early.

When we were done I noticed number of clothes that had a different fabric. Well, it looked a lot like denim, only it was lighter. It seemed really comfy and pair with anything. When I looked at the tag, it was made out of chambray. The fabric came from northern France particularly in Cambrai or Cobrai. Interesting fabric since never knew about it. Maybe I have seen it, I just didn’t care. Chambray has a country connotation and woven for farmers’ wardrobe since it is lightweight but strong. It wears well, easy to sew and wash.

{12 November 2007}   Fur Fashion


During winter, we see people covered with layers of clothes to warm themselves up. In Hollywood movies, the rich and powerful are often covered in opulent fur coats. Fur clothing is one of the oldest in the world thought to be used by hominids thousands of years ago. It is worn mostly in colder countries because of its great insulation properties. Fur is derived usually from fox, rabbit, mink, otter and others.

The manufacturing of fur is a tedious process which requires a lot of chemicals and tanning. No wonder it is considered a luxury and is really expensive. Plus it is also had to maintain. Animal rights advocates condemn the use of fur since it has serious implications to wildlife. The animals are killed for their fur and most of them are endangered species. Faux fur is made out of synthetic material that mimic the feel and look of real fur. It may be a good insulator, but we also have to consider the adverse effects of fur farming to nature.

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