What is Stranded Vintage Mink

Vintage Stranded Mink Coats

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 At Philippa London, we specialise in reconditioning vintage mink furs, specifically seeking out the finest quality coats, in particular stranded vintage mink coats that possess this unique characteristic. In this blog post, we delve into the history and technique behind stranded mink, highlighting how vertical cuts and extended pelts to enhance drape and enhance the appearance of vintage mink many years after it has been created.

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The History and Evolution of Stranded Mink

The art of stranding mink coats first emerged in the mid-20th century as a means of transforming mink pelts into even more luxurious garments. Designers aimed to add versatility and visual interest by incorporating vertical cuts in the pelts, meticulously stitching them together to extend their length and create a cascading effect. This labor-intensive technique swiftly gained popularity for its ability to enhance the natural beauty of mink fur.


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1. Vertical Cuts
To create a stranded mink coat, skilled artisans meticulously make precise vertical cuts in the mink pelts. These cuts can be positioned along the back or sides of the pelts, depending on the desired effect and design.

2. Stitching and Extending Pelts
Once the vertical cuts are made, the pelts are skillfully stitched together, cleverly extending their length while preserving a seamless and natural flow. This meticulous cutting and stitching process result in a coat that cascades and drapes gracefully, enhancing its movement and lending it a more luxurious appearance. The use of extended pelts ensures that the entire coat maintains a consistent length of fur, creating a stunning visual effect.


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Stranded mink coats use the highest grade of minks, making them the most sought-after and expensive fur coats on the market. A modern stranded mink coat today can range anywhere from £10,000 to £50,000, reflecting their exceptional quality and craftsmanship.

Vintage stranded mink coats are sort after, with their vertical cuts, extended pelts, meticulous craftsmanship involved in creating these coats results in garments having extraordinary drape and visual appeal.