Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

In the fur biz, we live and die by the weather. Warm weather, fur sales down. Add in a dicey economy, and pelt prices can fall dramatically.

While the weather turns with the seasons, it also turns on the sun. As John Coleman, the founder of the Weather Channel explains, these global warming/cooling trends create cyclical climate patterns that go on for decades, such as mini-ice ages.

In December, much of the country — most of the Northern Hemisphere, in fact — is blanketed and silenced under snow or slippery, dangerous and frigid with sleet and ice. Airports and freeways are buried.  Fur coats, wool and leather are the clothing fabrics of choice this season.

As the temperature drops, retail sales rise and inventories at the fur clothing shops disappear. In response, fur pelt prices at the Kopenhagen Fur Center’s December auction are strengthened.

So, the fur clothing business is celebrating with a Christmas toast: : ”Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!”

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