ABOUT FUR

The highest quality, in accordance with sustainability and safety standards

Natural fur garments are renewable, long lasting products of extraordinary quality. Natural fur has been produced and used since men have set foot on this world, and therefore its roots are those of artisanal craftsmanship. Such ability to work skins is nowadays possessed by highly skilled workers who pass their knowledge on to the next generation.

Today, more than ever before, the fur industry is committed to guaranteeing that all of its items are produced in respect of strict rules and global regulations on responsibility, sustainability and compliance.

As each Tosato1928 fur garment is manufactured according to international protocols and standards, we are able to guarantee an extremely high quality of the skins and a full traceability of the trade and supply chain, therefore offering a valuable final product.

Discover how our garments are produced:

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THE FARMS

The fur production process starts with the farms: it is absolutely pivotal for the whole fur industry to set strict rules and regulations to guarantee the welfare of the animals.

Indeed, it is possible to commercialize only the fur skins coming from farms which ensure the animals’ welfare and healthy living conditions, in compliance with national and international standards and regulations.

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In the farms, every aspect of the animal’s life is regulated according to scientific criteria and certification programs, which aim at evaluating the fur farm’s compliance to the standards.

The adequate size of the cages, the cleanliness of the farm, the access to food and clean water, the health monitoring, the access to veterinary cares are only some of the factors required to ensure a positive environment for the animals.

The farming system can also be considered as an example of circular economy, with a low impact on the environment. Very often farm-raised animals are fed with leftovers from the food industry and the leftovers of the farm itself are used in other industries, such as the pharmaceutical, fertilising and biofuels.

CERTIFIED AUCTION HOUSES

International auction houses, recognized by the IFF (International Fur Federation) and by the governments, ensure brands and final consumers ethically sourced and sustainably produced furs.

The auction houses certification programs guarantee the quality of the pelts and their origin from approved species, authorized countries and compliant farms. The system therefore provides the final consumer with a complete traceability of the production chain.
READ MORE
  • SAGA FURS: the Finnish auction house has been one of the first in the world to develop a traceability system that allows tracking the origin of every pelt down to the individual farm. Mink, foxes and Finn racoons labelled “Saga” and certified “Origin Assured” are high-end quality skins deriving from a highly regulated production.
  • KOPENHAGEN FUR : shandpicked and carefully classified by characteristics such as colour, softness and lightweight, Danish skins, which are Origin Assured, guarantee a supreme quality of the pelts and a high level of animal welfare.
  • SOJUZPUSHNINA :the Russian auction house is specialized in selling Russian sables, which are wild animals found in this part of the world. Authenticity and quality of these skins are guaranteed by the labels “SOBOL”.
  • BLACKGLAMA: only 2% of the mink skins of the world carry the Blackglama label, which is synonym of superior quality.
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THE TANNING PROCESS

After the pelts are bought from authorised auction houses, the next step is for the raw materials to be treated in specialised tanneries, which will transform them in skins ready to be dyed or reinforced in order to be sold or to create a final product.

This transformation process takes place only in qualified laboratories, where the skins are treated following innovative procedures, which guarantee a safe final product for the consumer and a minimum impact on the environment.

READ MORE

Tanneries which use chemicals and follow industrial procedures have to be compliant with very strict rules and regulations both on a national and international level:

  • The European regulation n°1907/2006 REACH;
  • The Californian law Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act;
  • The Chinese rules GB 18401-2010, GB 20400-2006, GB 21550-2008 e GB 28480-2012;
  • The Korean regulations Quality Safety Indication – Leather Products / Textile Products.

CRAFTSMANSHIP PROCESS

The fur skins are now transformed into final products, and this step takes place in artisan laboratories where fur garments and accessories are crafted by expert hands. No technology can replace the skills possessed by the craftsmen and craftswomen who have been working in the fur industry for a lifetime. Their knowledge is an authentic heritage, one that is passed on from father to son.

Skins have to be selected, nailed to a specific surface, cut and sewn: the process which gives birth to a fur garment requires patience, developed manual skills, a deep knowledge of the raw materials and aesthetic taste.

READ MORE

In our laboratory in Padova, skilled artisans constantly search for innovative solutions that can perfectly balance each garment’s fit, design and fur characteristics.

Our techniques are both traditional, such as working full skins or playing with intarsia, as much as innovative, such as working with printed skins, combining together different fabrics or generating 3D effects.

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A SUSTAINABLE FINAL PRODUCT

Natural fur garments are a perfect example of slow fashion, in line with sustainability, transparency and quality standards. This is because the production process is regulated throughout each step, it is enriched by the experience and the heritage of its workers, and it employs entirely biodegradable raw materials.

READ MORE

Natural fur garments provide a unique thermic insulation and have a very small impact on the environment, compared to the plastic fake furs which are also on the market nowadays. The latter highly pollute the environment as they are made from non-recyclable plastic and are mass produced, without any care towards responsibility nor sustainability issues.

Designed to last, natural fur garments can have a very long life: they can be restyled to meet new desires, trends or shapes, and therefore they can be considered as real investments to pass down to future generations.

THE FUTURE: THE FURMARK CERTIFICATION

The fur industry is committed in terms of transparency and sustainability: in the near future, a new international program, FURMARK, will be released.

Only the products that satisfy global standards in each step of the production process will be FURMARK certified, and Tosato1928’s garments will be part of this complex system of traceability.

READ MORE

With the FURMARK program, final consumers will be able to trace the entire production chain and verify by themselves that the final garments meet quality, sustainability and animal welfare standards recognized on a global scale.

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1

THE FARMS

The fur production process starts with the farms: it is absolutely pivotal for the whole fur industry to set strict rules and regulations to guarantee the welfare of the animals.

Indeed, it is possible to commercialize only the fur skins coming from farms which ensure the animals’ welfare and healthy living conditions, in compliance with national and international standards and regulations.

READ MORE

In the farms, every aspect of the animal’s life is regulated according to scientific criteria and certification programs, which aim at evaluating the fur farm’s compliance to the standards.

The adequate size of the cages, the cleanliness of the farm, the access to food and clean water, the health monitoring, the access to veterinary cares are only some of the factors required to ensure a positive environment for the animals.

The farming system can also be considered as an example of circular economy, with a low impact on the environment. Very often farm-raised animals are fed with leftovers from the food industry and the leftovers of the farm itself are used in other industries, such as the pharmaceutical, fertilising and biofuels.

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CERTIFIED AUCTION HOUSES

International auction houses, recognized by the IFF (International Fur Federation) and by the governments, ensure brands and final consumers ethically sourced and sustainably produced furs.

The auction houses certification programs guarantee the quality of the pelts and their origin from approved species, authorized countries and compliant farms. The system therefore provides the final consumer with a complete traceability of the production chain.
READ MORE
  • SAGA FURS: the Finnish auction house has been one of the first in the world to develop a traceability system that allows tracking the origin of every pelt down to the individual farm. Mink, foxes and Finn racoons labelled “Saga” and certified “Origin Assured” are high-end quality skins deriving from a highly regulated production.
  • KOPENHAGEN FUR : shandpicked and carefully classified by characteristics such as colour, softness and lightweight, Danish skins, which are Origin Assured, guarantee a supreme quality of the pelts and a high level of animal welfare.
  • SOJUZPUSHNINA :the Russian auction house is specialized in selling Russian sables, which are wild animals found in this part of the world. Authenticity and quality of these skins are guaranteed by the labels “SOBOL”.
  • BLACKGLAMA: only 2% of the mink skins of the world carry the Blackglama label, which is synonym of superior quality.
3

THE TANNING PROCESS

After the pelts are bought from authorised auction houses, the next step is for the raw materials to be treated in specialised tanneries, which will transform them in skins ready to be dyed or reinforced in order to be sold or to create a final product.

This transformation process takes place only in qualified laboratories, where the skins are treated following innovative procedures, which guarantee a safe final product for the consumer and a minimum impact on the environment.

READ MORE

Tanneries which use chemicals and follow industrial procedures have to be compliant with very strict rules and regulations both on a national and international level:

  • The European regulation n°1907/2006 REACH;
  • The Californian law Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act;
  • The Chinese rules GB 18401-2010, GB 20400-2006, GB 21550-2008 e GB 28480-2012;
  • The Korean regulations Quality Safety Indication – Leather Products / Textile Products.
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CRAFTSMANSHIP PROCESS

The fur skins are now transformed into final products, and this step takes place in artisan laboratories where fur garments and accessories are crafted by expert hands. No technology can replace the skills possessed by the craftsmen and craftswomen who have been working in the fur industry for a lifetime. Their knowledge is an authentic heritage, one that is passed on from father to son.

Skins have to be selected, nailed to a specific surface, cut and sewn: the process which gives birth to a fur garment requires patience, developed manual skills, a deep knowledge of the raw materials and aesthetic taste.

READ MORE

In our laboratory in Padova, skilled artisans constantly search for innovative solutions that can perfectly balance each garment’s fit, design and fur characteristics.

Our techniques are both traditional, such as working full skins or playing with intarsia, as much as innovative, such as working with printed skins, combining together different fabrics or generating 3D effects.

5

A SUSTAINABLE FINAL PRODUCT

Natural fur garments are a perfect example of slow fashion, in line with sustainability, transparency and quality standards. This is because the production process is regulated throughout each step, it is enriched by the experience and the heritage of its workers, and it employs entirely biodegradable raw materials.

READ MORE

Natural fur garments provide a unique thermic insulation and have a very small impact on the environment, compared to the plastic fake furs which are also on the market nowadays. The latter highly pollute the environment as they are made from non-recyclable plastic and are mass produced, without any care towards responsibility nor sustainability issues.

Designed to last, natural fur garments can have a very long life: they can be restyled to meet new desires, trends or shapes, and therefore they can be considered as real investments to pass down to future generations.

6

THE FUTURE: THE FURMARK CERTIFICATION

The fur industry is committed in terms of transparency and sustainability: in the near future, a new international program, FURMARK, will be released.

Only the products that satisfy global standards in each step of the production process will be FURMARK certified, and Tosato1928’s garments will be part of this complex system of traceability.

READ MORE

With the FURMARK program, final consumers will be able to trace the entire production chain and verify by themselves that the final garments meet quality, sustainability and animal welfare standards recognized on a global scale.