The 2012 edition of the Hong Kong International Fur & Fashion Fair ended on a high note, as 7,800 buyers from over 30 countries converged at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre for the four-day event.
Despite the jump in production costs, the preliminary tally puts the fair’s confirmed orders at US $257 million, the highest total in the fair’s 30-year-history. Russia and Korea remains and the biggest buyers of fur at the fair.
“It’s been a dream fur fair. In the last 30 years, I don’t think I’ve seen a fair like this,” Timothy Everest, a HKFF advisers and managing director of Cyril Murkin, opines.
“While sable and mink always reign supreme, buyers found all skin types and combinations here and all at the most competitive prices and with famous reliable deliveries,” he adds.
Over 1,850 trendsetters jetted in for the Hong Kong Fur Gala, a banquet-cum-fashion show held on February 25. In attendance included Chrissie Chau, Jacqueline Chong, Jessica C, Mr. and Mrs Vladimir Anatolyevich Kalinin, Mr. & Mrs. Torben A. Gettermann, Annikki Arponen and Paola Guida.
Elsewhere, Fur by Hong Kong calls attention to the fur industry’s commitment to unity, integrity and quality.
Wallace Wong, chairman of Hong Kong Fur Federation, says “Over the last three decades, Hong Kong has evolved from offering good value-for-money products to, nowadays, being the world’s major designer workshop. Today ‘Fur by Hong Kong’ has become the icon standing for craftsmanship and design achieved by consistent research and innovation, which all play integral roles in empowering Hong Kong fur fashion to be at the forefront of the global fur arena.”