Across the country, thousands of fur coats hang like guilty secrets in the back of wardrobes, passed down from grandmothers who wore mink and sable in good faith long before we started talking about animal rights.
Should we condemn vintage fur in the same way that today's designers attract criticism for using pelts?
Last year, Milan's 'fur fest' reached fever pitch: Fendi's £35,000 striped chinchilla and silver fox coat was made from 60 pelts; Gucci's Lee Miller-inspired aviator jackets were edged with fur; and Dolce & Gabbana's leopard-print gowns were teamed with dyed mink bomber jackets to maximise the glamour of Hollywood's heyday.
While there is evidence to suggest that farmed and fake fur both cause damage to the environment, wearing vintage fur - which has already been processed - has no additional costs to the planet.
Indeed, recycling fur into reusable products can be seen to make environmental sense.
PETA asks that vintage fur coats be donated to its animal rights organisation as educational aids.
But the new "waste not want not" approach to textiles, coupled with the fact that vintage fur lasts up to 100 years, leaves fashion with a new dilemma.
"The animal has been dead for decades and that at least means I'm not part of the contemporary supply chain." She's not the only one who has this view.