Making Fur Fly

There is a scene in the fifth season of Friends when longtime vegetarian Phoebe Buffay inherits a family heirloom mink coat in horror…and then promptly falls in love with it when she sees her fur-swaddled reflection in a mirror. Indeed, there’s a reason people have been donning fur coats for millennia, and it has nothing to do with the perceived glamour: they are as warm in January as a Colorado 14er is cold. And like an old piece of quality jewelry, fur can often be restyled to suit today’s tastes—transformed from a clunky coat your great Aunt Gertrude wore into something you’d see on a Milan runway today.