Of all the furs used in fashion, mink is by far one of the most sought-after. Production of mink skins varies according to the ever-changing demands of designers and consumers alike. The change in weather, financial market and fashion trends all have a direct impact on demand. Currently, around 50 million mink skins are produced globally each year.
Denmark is the world’s largest producer of mink skins with an annual production of around 17 million mink skins. Other key fur producing countries are Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, China and the US.
Mink is composed of two types of fur: top hair and wool. The colour variations of the mink range from black to white, including brown, bluish, violet and versions with different shades of top hair. The classic mink fur originating from the US is brown. However mink on farms are domesticated animals like cows, pigs and horses, meaning certain genetic properties can be favoured in breeding like the colour of the fur.