The Pros & Cons of buying a Canada Goose.
A familiar sight on the streets every winter, a Canada Goose coat has become a modern icon.
It’s a brand that’s had it’s fair share of criticism and we’re pretty used to seeing online arguments questioning it’s ethics. We’re interested in why the brand has become so widely popular and if the mainstream success has resulted in unnecessary harm. There’s a few things to consider before adding a Canada Goose to your Christmas list.
Canada Goose was born from necessity and from humble beginnings in Toronto to becoming standard issue for Antarctic explorers, it’s fair to say they know what they’re doing. Recently, they’ve come under fire for using real Coyote fur and killing the animals unfairly. Supporters of the brand argue that coyotes are considered vermin and their fur has anti-freezing properties that arctic explorers depend on. There’s two sides to every story and it’s well worth a bit of research and working out where you stand before you pull the trigger.
Hunting in the remote locations Canada Goose is intended for can be a lifesaver. Many rural parts of Canada suffer from an expensive food supply chain and there’s parts of the country where it’s literally cheaper to hunt for your food rather than shop at the supermarket. To see a brand out of the same country exporting fur for the luxury market is interesting. Hunting can be a way of life and for many a means of survival, hunting coyotes for fashion many argue is not so easily justifiable.
Rightly or wrongly it’s become a benchmark in outerwear and a pinnacle for both arctic explorers and fashion heads. What seems to have come with that is the idea of needing to have one to fit in. Schools have even banned kids from flexing in brands like Canada Goose and Stone Island for fear of anybody NOT owning one being laughed at. This is crazy, a luxury product becoming something you need to have to fit in … at school!
One of the main points is that in 2018, real fur is simply unnecessary. Many alternative brands manage to offer supreme warmth and cause no unfair harm. Patagonia is one that immediately springs to mind. Technology and sourcing has come so far to where it’s at today that we can safely create alternatives without leaving too much destruction in our wake. There’s no denying a Canada Goose is super warm, but does it come at too much cost?
We’re not here to argue for or against but to bring up a few talking points and see what you think. It’s an iconic brand and one with a seriously impressive history, to take that away from them would be unfair. That said, there are questions to ask yourself before making any purchase and that’s what it’s all about.
Let us know what you think in the comments …