As part of our Fur Design Competition for students the BFTA held a workshop for finalists.
Eight finalists were selected and invited to a one day workshop. The workshop included a presentation of fur techniques from Dorte Lenau Klint of SAGA Furs; presentations from a fur designer and buyer from Hockley, London; a tour of a fur warehouse; demonstration from a furrier and a practical fur sewing machine session and practice using various tools.
In the afternoon the students were given individual tutorials with Dorte Lenau Klint and the designer and Buyer at Hockley, advice on how to develop their fur designs was given. The workshop was very successful and enabled us to educate a number of talented UK fashion students about working with fur and the fur industry. The day would not have been possible without the input from BFTA members.
Information was also provided to students about Origin Assured and the International Fur Trade Federations (IFTF) Fur Futures initiative.
‘I really enjoyed it and was inspired by the day!’
‘Everything in the workshop is useful to someone who wants to know more about fur and the industry.’
‘To my knowledge there are no competitions that welcome you with open arms like the BFTA, Hockley and Saga Furs have done and taking time out of their busy schedules to give back the knowledge they have gained.’
Click to view a list of Origin Assured retailers.
Fur trail is a web-based educational initiative, launched in autumn 2008. It meets UK curriculum targets and is ideal for children (aged 12-14) who are learning Geography or Design & Technology. The website contains three downloadable study packs, videos and teachers’ notes.