People wear vintage fur because it screams winter glamour and traps heat in like nothing else does. It's also a great way to recycle an unwanted item, I would rather it was well loved and hanging in someone's wardrobe than in a landfill. The idea of simply throwing away your grandmother's old coat seems incredibly wasteful to me, I like the idea of recycling them. In a way appreciating fur is celebrating the beauty of nature and I resent the idea of an animal's life being taken in vain.
A vintage fur coat means buying secondhand which is better for the environment, possibly from a charity shop which can only be a good thing. You're also not buying your new Winter coat from a shop that may use sweatshops.
Instead of buying items with real fur I recommend buying vintage or unwanted fur coats. There isn't many vintage fur coats but it depends on the demand and how much the fur industry can produce in comparison. Wearing fur (real or fake) runs the risk of influencing other people and creating a higher demand, but I'm wondering whether the small amount of people who wear vintage fur could affect people significantly enough.
There will always be stigma behind wearing real fur, vintage or not. But I have to admit I'm glad I rarely hear about paint being thrown at those who wear fur, I never personally agreed with that tactic. When you wear vintage real fur you do risk getting abuse from certain people, there isn't a neon sign above your sign stating it's vintage.
I was raised with the motto of "fur is cruel" and I'm still quite shocked when I come across people who wear minks. Eeeek it has a head! I'm not even sure if I could wear vintage fur even though I support it, it's actually when I accidently touch the skin underneath. It's waxy and makes me cringe, but maybe I'll change my mind if I get the opportunity to try such luxury on. However I will always admire those who wear vintage fur and their guts for wearing these controversial pieces. But could I actually wear a vintage fur coat knowing the cruelty that probably occurred?
Fur is still full of grey areas so I would appreciate everyone's opinion on the matter, be polite and form your opinion well. If I think it's too drama-rific I won't approve your comment. But other than that, go forth and rebuttal!