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Montreal Fur Fair Facing Difficulties

Posted: May. 3rd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
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 Much to the delight (I'm sure) of anti-fur protestors, the Montreal Fur Fair is seeing a substantial drop in event attendance. However, it's not a drop in public interest level, there is just another show happening in the US that seems like it's pulling away more than its fair share of guests. How do you feel about fur in fashion?

The end could be in sight for NAFFEM, Montreal’s luxury fur trade show, which has gathered thousands of fur buyers and sellers in Montreal for 31 years.

A rival show debuted this month in Chicago — organized in part by a Montrealer, Mitch Fazekas of Mitchie’s Matching.

“The fair is in tough shape, for sure,’’ said Alan Herscovici, executive vice-president of the Fur Council of Canada, which produces the show. “Next year, everything is up for discussion.’’

The three-day trade show opens Sunday at Place Bonaventure with fewer than 60 exhibitors, down from more than 100 in recent years. In 2000, there were 200 exhibitors and 5,000 visitors at the fair.

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