What you've always wanted to know but were too scared to ask...
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A: No way! It is against the law to breed them, farm them or even keep them as pets as they are an environmental pest. As such, they can only be found in the wild. The Department of Conservation is trying to get rid of them, not multiply them! Not only that: 150 years ago, some bright sparks imported them from Australia to try to farm them but they could not be contained and went forth, multiplied and ate their way through our forests! No, they are not farmed and presumably impossible of being farmed.
A: About 23 years ago, when our Company was first established, it was thought there were 70 million. The numbers have radically declined to an estimated 35 million due to conservation efforts and demand for this resource.
A: Very unlikely - the goal is to control their numbers.
A: No. Possums are harvested from the wild as they are not farmed so no one in New Zealand could ever find and process that sort of quantity - it is a shrinking resource as the possum numbers are in decline. Therefore, supplying in ongoing bulk is not possible. Instead, we encourage the purchasing of value added items from our Company for the goods to be marketed as elitist, limited edition products.
A: Possum Fur can only be sourced from New Zealand to be manufactured into fashion or homeware items as this species is protected in Australia from where they originated.
The hair follicle is hollow shafted which means the fur retains maximum warmth. It is one of the warmest fibres in the world.
Possum fur is eco fur. You are doing the environment a favour when you wear it.
A: No. The Virginia or American possum is not the same as the Brushtail NZ Possum. They are 2 totally separate animals. Please click here to read about the New Zealand Possum.
A: Yes, we do a lot of custom work for private individuals as well as for Fashion Companies or other Designers. We can tailor make coats or jackets, make non standard sized throws or rugs. We can also re-produce garments from a sample or a picture. Send us your specs for an estimate or quote.
A: Yes, we are based in Orakei, Central Auckland and we would ask you to phone for an appointment beforehand. Click here for details.
A: Extremely unlikely. Duty is normally imposed by a Government as a protectionist measure if a local industry will be affected. As NZ is the only place where you can source eco possum fur items, our products are totally unique and hence do not compete with anything else. While your Government will most probably impose NO DUTY, it may apply clearance costs or local sales tax (eg: GST, VAT) on any goods (of any nature) over a certain threshold that you purchase online.
A: Yes, you are fully protected.
A: We manufacture from hides that are typically by-products of the Food Industry that were in the past subject to being discarded but are now utilised as renewable and sustainable resources.
New Zealand Babylamb (“casualties of nature”)
New Zealand Friesian Cow Skin
South American Alpaca (“casualties of nature”) value added by us in New Zealand
Curly Lamb (aka Tibetan or Mongolian lamb) valued added by us in New Zealand.
A: Please refer to our care instructions here.
Here is a series of frequently asked questions that Ms Possum receives on a regular basis. We’re sharing with you the hissily sarcastic answers Ms Possum is tempted to give and then the politically correct answers which we actually provide.
After all, Ms Possum is an amiable creature with impeccable manners, even though her talons are known to spring out from time to time in a kinaesthetic response to the following common queries:
WRONG ANSWER: We have specially designed salons in which the Possums sit down with a cuppa tea and the latest gossip mags. We gently clip them with the trendiest of style, finishing off with a delicate blow wave and if necessary, straightening irons for those stubborn curls. We even throw in a free manicure to boot. Then we make appointments for six weeks later when the fur has grown again and we need to repeat the same process.
RIGHT ANSWER: They’re not like sheep, dahlings! They, ahem, have to be mercifully despatched first and then hand plucked while still warm. Forget about those plucking machines too – it’s far too rough a process for our liking.
WRONG ANSWER 1: Yes, we put food colouring in their feed to turn their coats into bright red, flouro pink and even lime green! We just go through heaps of cochineal and jelly crystals!
WRONG ANSWER 2: Yes, they are the result of genetic modification.
RIGHT ANSWER: Wear New Zealand dyes the Possum hides in a range of different colours from their natural state.
WRONG ANSWER: Well, you’ve obviously called the right company. We’ll just send our senior stylist down and while it’s not in her job description, she can catch it for you in her high heels and for a little extra, convert it into a fashion scarf. Yep, it’s a one-stop-shop here.
RIGHT ANSWER: Try Pest Control.
WRONG ANSWER: Yeah, we want it like a hole in the head. We’ll scrape it off the road for you, then gut and de-flesh it as the pet dog would love a menu change. We really don't want to turn our premises into an abbatoir. We’ll then dry the hide out and make it into something fit for a horror movie. Yeah, why wouldn’t we want it?!
RIGHT ANSWER: There’s actually about 47 stages of processing between capture and when Wear NZ gets the tanned, dressed and dyed hides. That’s why we have to go through our Tannery to obtain the best luxury quality hides. But thanks all the same.
WRONG ANSWER: Obviously you cannot read a phone book. What have we got to do with the automotive industry?
RIGHT ANSWER: You probably want Possum Bourne, the company named after the famous NZ Rally car driver. If you look in the New Zealand phone book, he’s the listing above Possum New Zealand.
WRONG ANSWER: Yeah, like we were born yesterday. How absolutely generous of you to treat these poor orphans with such high ticket products that only the well-to-do can afford in western countries. We know they’ll just appreciate the thermal qualities of our possum throws in the 40-degree heat of Africa. And of course you can pay thousands of dollars on a stolen credit card over the phone because we just love losing money during a Recession and yes, we’re that stupid here in New Zealand that we’ll fall for any hard luck story. Although if you truly are a Reverend, doesn’t the Bible say: “Thou shalt not steal”!
RIGHT ANSWER: Sorry, our banks have advised us not to deal with Nigeria.
WRONG ANSWER: You’re having me on, right? Wish I could do that as I’d be a rich woman!!
RIGHT ANSWER: Sorry, New Zealand is only a small country and the infrastructure does not allow anywhere near those quantities even if everyone combined their resources. We would rather sell you our value added goods made here in New Zealand for you to market as elitist, limited edition products back in China.
WRONG ANSWER: Well I know the SPCA always has spare animals to give away and yeah sure, I could round up a few thousand stray cats and dogs in my spare time as well.
RIGHT ANSWER: Sorry, we can’t help you here. As explained above, we suggest you purchase fully made-up possum fur items from us and resell in China for good prices due to limited raw material availability.
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