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Rat Fur. What More is There to Say?

May 8, 2010

Wondering what the trim fad for fall will be?  R.O.U.S. (or Rodents of Unusual Size, for those less familiar with The Princess Bride!)  More specifically, a giant 20 pound aquatic rats from South America, called nutrias. 

Obviously, this big guy’s gorgeous fur is the first thing to come to attention.  (Not: “What the %*#$! There’s a 2 foot long rat coming right towards me!!”)

Nutria’s were bred for their pelts in the US since the 1930s, and shortly after that the industry took a down-turn and many of the nutrias were let into the “wild” of Louisiana.  And, like many non-native animals (and plants), the species quickly became invasive – destroying many of the last wetlands along the Gulf Coast.  

So, perhaps it’s good for the Coast that designer Billy Reid used nutria fur in his 2010 menswear collection.  (As have several other designers, including Oscar de la Renta.)

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want rat fur hugged around my neck.  But for that matter, I generally find most fur pretty creepy if it’s not attached to a live animal.

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