FUR BIBHU: Before launching his own collection, Bibhu Mohapatra learned the ins and out of fur design working for eight-plus years at J.Mendel. Now he has put all that know-how to use with his first full-fledged fur collection — 22 styles that will be in stores this fall. He has a licensing deal with BC International. The designer said he was encouraged to wade deeper into the category after Lane Crawford placed a significant order last year.

With the help of orders from Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s, Mohapatra expects to ring up $1.4 million in wholesale volume for fur. Having “graduated” to a noon slot instead of 9 a.m. for his Sept. 10 show, he said he plans to hit the road for trunk shows and special appearances to help sell his furs before the first snowfall.

This story first appeared in the August 11, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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