NEW YORK — Fur coats are everywhere these days, and the fashion and fashion accessories are as much about the style and fashion as they are about the product.
Fashion is about expressing oneself, about being who you are, and this is one of the many reasons faux fur is so popular.
It is the latest in a long line of fashion innovations that have been in the works for at least a century, but it was first introduced to the world in the early 20th century, according to the fur coat maker FurCo, a company based in St. Petersburg, Fla.
“Faux” is the abbreviation for “faux fur,” the fur that is often dyed or stuffed with synthetic materials.
While many people are familiar with the furs of the Middle East and Africa, which are often stuffed with pig skins and dyed with chemicals, faux fur has gained popularity in other parts of the world.
As people started to embrace fur, the fur industry began to develop in the United States and Europe.
There are about 100 companies producing faux fur and other accessories in the U.S. and around the world, and FurCo says its products are sold at about 20,000 retailers.
The fur industry is a $2 billion industry in the US and $30 billion globally, according the American Fur Trade Association.
But as the faux fur craze spreads, it has also come under fire from some of the most prominent people in the industry.
In September, a faux fur company, Furex, was accused of stealing $10 million from a nonprofit animal shelter, an accusation FurCo denies.
An anonymous source told The Associated Press that FurCo paid the nonprofit to keep the faux fleece in a drawer at the shelter for six months, after FurCo stopped using the product to keep a dog, and that FurCorp’s vice president of marketing told the shelter, “You’re wasting your time.”
Another person who worked for FureX told The AP that she was fired because she was upset about the faux fleeces’ appearance.
One fur product company, FurCo is the world’s largest producer of faux fur, and it is based in Brooklyn.
Its faux fur products include a faux leather jacket, a coat, and even a plush toy that it says it is building to sell to children.
FurCo says that about 75% of its products come from animal shelters.
Many of its faux fur garments are also sold by fur and fur accessories store Kijiji.
Kijiji, founded in Japan in the late 1990s, is one such retailer.
After FurCo filed for bankruptcy in 2013, FurCoe’s assets were transferred to a hedge fund, and its founder, Michael Glynn, became the largest shareholder.
At the time, Kijii said it planned to shut down the hedge fund but that it planned on continuing to sell FurCo products and making other acquisitions, according To The Wall St. Journal.
Glynn, who is no longer a shareholder, did not respond to a request for comment.
Some fur companies are also investing in new products.
A fur-lined sneakers brand called Furry Shoes debuted in 2013.
The brand, which also sells fake fur, has been around since 2011.
More recently, FurLab, a FurCo-branded brand of faux leather goods, was founded by a Fur-co executive and is still being developed.
On its website, Fur Lab says it has made more than 1,500,000 leather goods and accessories, with plans to launch its products in 2017.
Meanwhile, the faux leather company Fuse, which is based out of Chicago, has a new line of faux footwear that is meant to appeal to kids, who are more likely to wear the faux items.
Even though faux fur may not be a new fad, it is not new to the fashion industry.
In the early 1900s, fur became a trend in Europe after fur coats were popular in Japan and were made with wool and other materials.
The coats and leathers were often made from wool and leather from animals like sheep, goats, and cattle, according FurCo.
By the 1950s, faux fleeces were popular and were popular among children and teenagers.
Fuse was founded in 1976 by an anonymous woman who was a fan of the fashion.
She bought the faux material and sued FurCo for patent infringement, according The Wall Streets Journal.
The company eventually won, but lost in court, because FurCo had failed to pay its $100,000 lawsuit.