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Showtime for Furriers Around the Globe

NEW YORK — Despite Fur Fashion Week basically becoming a one-day affair and moving from May to April, other fur-related events remain intact.<br><br>The Fur Information Council of America’s annual fashion show will be held April 8 at 6:30...

NEW YORK — Despite Fur Fashion Week basically becoming a one-day affair and moving from May to April, other fur-related events remain intact.

The Fur Information Council of America’s annual fashion show will be held April 8 at 6:30 p.m at the Puck Building. Royal Chie, Vera Wang, Cynthia Rowley, Zuki, Sorbara, Ben Kahn and Zandra Rhodes for Pologeorgis will be among the 21 companies sending their outerwear down the runway. Even the show, which tended not to be a rushed affair in years past, is getting a few touch-ups. “The show starts at 6:30. We’ll be prompt this year,” a FICA spokeswoman said.

The North American Fur & Fashion Exhibition of Montreal will take place May 4-7 at Place Bonaventure in Montreal. The fur trade contributes $800 million annually to Canada’s economy and employs more than 85,000 people, according to the Fur Council of Canada.

With more than 80 percent of Canadian fur and pelt exports going to the U.S., the event is popular with American buyers. NAFFEM is the largest fashion industry event in Canada and one of the biggest luxury outerwear shows in the world. Last year, the show turned 20.

Those willing to trek overseas for their furs can attend the Seoul International Fur Fair Sept. 22-25 at the newly renovated Convention & Exhibition Center. Fur and leather outerwear, footwear and accessories, as well as machinery.

This story first appeared in the April 1, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.