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Kopenhagen fur June 2012


Contents June 2012

8 Editor in Chief Torben Nielsen


18 5 Editorial

Editor PERNILLE MUNK CHRISTENSEN/ Layout Frances Yuan Jinsong Print Datagraf Advertising K athrine Engberg / [+45] 4326 1112 Cover OH! presented at naffem photo Bruno Petrozza

6 Times are changing in China 8 News in Brief 12 Influencing the Chinese fur industry 14 A new brand is born

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7 Inspiring Young Talents at Tsinghua 1 Graduation Show 18 Bonsoir Shanghai! 21 Events in Copenhagen 2 2 Auction schedule and offering 2011/12 25 Copenhagen hotels 26 Contact Kopenhagen Fur 2 9 Copenhagen hotels 3 0 Contact Kopenhagen Fur

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Making it possible

Editorial the world’s best mink but not perfect

The Danish fur breeders have just run an extensive image campaign under the title “The world’s best mink, but not perfect.” The purpose of the campaign was to make the Danish population aware of the fur industry’s importance for Denmark. The industry employs - directly and indirectly - 20,000 people and exports for nearly 2 billion USD. Exports of fur skins account for a full 40 per cent of Denmark’s total exports to China. No one is questioning the industry’s economic importance. However, there are too many questioning whether the production of fur is sound from an animal welfare viewpoint. For years, we have tried in vain to refute the often aggressive and one-sided criticism from various animal rights organizations about the conditions on Danish fur farms. Every time an animal rights activist could show a picture of a mink with a bite wound in the neck, it was a good story in the press, despite the fact that it is obviously impossible to have 14 million animals without some of them being injured. The truth is that the number of injured animals on Danish fur farms is incredibly low compared to other livestock productions. However, if the press has decided that it is a good story to show mink with bite wounds and does not find lame cows, pigs with sores or tail bites or chicken with burnt pads interesting, the population will be let to believe that mink production is unacceptable because the animals suffer. We therefore decided to take a big chance: to tell the population of Denmark that if they want foreign-exchange earnings and employment in the fur production, they have to accept that livestock production has a weakness, namely that animals are injured. The campaign was divided into four main sections. First, we reported on the trade’s economic importance for the country. The second section was a story about fur farmers, auction house, product sustainability, but it also mentioned that we as fur farmers have a weakness that mink are injured and have to be put down, but it is less than 1 per cent. Two commercials of 50 seconds told this story.

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The campaign was a huge success. We have received very good press coverage, dozens of letters expressing great appreciation for the industry’s openness and honesty and most importantly, we received an overwhelming number of letters of support from MP’s and from various ministers. Photo: Helle Moos

The film showed different damage to mink that was so severe that the mink had to be put down. It was very controversial to show damaged mink. To ensure that we were not accused of underestimating the number of injuries, we deliberately chose to set the percentage high. According to the regulatory agencies, the actual figure is one per thousand and, according to university research 0.4 per cent. We already knew that journalists would be amazed at the one percent and would check the figure. It surprised everyone that we had overestimated the number of injuries and it strengthened our credibility considerably, while at the same time journalists and politicians became aware of the number of injuries being far less than generally assumed and far less than other livestock production. The third and fourth campaigns were ads with invitation to visit the country’s fur farms under the slogan: Come and pat a mink puppy. Tens of thousands accepted the invitation. The campaign was a huge success. We have received very good press coverage, dozens of letters expressing great appreciation for the industry’s openness and honesty and most importantly, we

received an overwhelming number of letters of support from MP’s and from various ministers. The animal rights organizations tried to shoot our campaign down, but the wonderful thing was that the press was more than critical of the animal rights organizations’ very negative reaction to our campaign. The campaign was like having a nice shower after a sweaty day – a sort of cleansing process. We are who we are. We do our best, but we will and cannot escape from the fact that there are also negative aspects of fur farming, namely, that animals are injured. Not so many, but no matter what we do in order to avoid damage to animals, we cannot prevent it completely. The public, politicians and the press accepted this message. We are now accepted as we are. We no longer need to pretend. It is a great relief and it makes it even better to be part of this wonderful industry.


We are the eyes, the ears and the face of Kopenhagen Fur in China. We do not earn direct profit for our company, but we are striving to be the important driving force behind Kopenhagen Fur’s development in China.



Times are changing in China Kopenhagen Fur’s representative office in Beijing has undergone a change in leadership, and the turn in management will bring some changes. But the new manager, Ms Chris Cui, ensures that for the customers everything will be business as usual at the Beijing branch. By kRistoffer veggerby

In China, people rarely stay in the same job for more than a few years – at most. But this does not apply for Kopenhagen Fur’s Beijing office. The majority of the staff has surpassed five years of employment, and that also goes for the newly appointed manager, Chris Cui. For the last seven years she and her colleagues have been servicing the increasing number of Chinese customers who attend the Danish auctions. In fact, Cui started her professional career as a trainee at Kopenhagen Fur ten years ago in Copenhagen, and for the last few years she has been the former manager’s right hand. So who better suited to take over? Cooperation instead of working solo So the new head of operations is not a novice when it comes to Kopenhagen Fur, nor its goals, but she has visions for potential improvements. - When people work together for so long, they get to know each other very well and that makes working together easier. Things simply run smoother and more efficiently, but there has been a tendency to work solo. My vision is that we can streamline the whole process - from customer service to branding – thus providing both our customers and partners with the best service possible, says Cui. Project-oriented work is one of the ways to improve effectiveness meaning that everyone has their main field that they are responsible for. That might interfere

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with the idea of limiting the amount of working solo, but everyone is expected to seek assistance from colleagues and utilise their different fields of expertise. - By doing this, you improve the cooperation among the employees and in the end you achieve a more complete result than you would singlehandedly, tells Cui. But even though she knows the company very well and has been the boss’ right hand for years, there is still one thing that Cui sees as a challenge. - In my former position as manager of branding and marketing, I only had to keep focus on that particular field. Now I have to consider every aspect of what the company does when I make a decision, and I find that a challenge, but it is a challenge I am ready for. Sales and Marketing Director at Kopenhagen Fur, Mr Kenneth Loberg, about picking the new manager. - Chris Cui has been with the company for many years now, and through that period of time she has progressed a lot. She has handled everything we threw at her and she knows the company very well, but equally important, she knows the customers and they know her! We think that she is a good representative for the company, and this is our way of showing our gratitude towards her and her work. Still the same goal Besides assisting the Chinese customers with the planning of their trips to the fur auctions in Copenhagen, the Beijing office is also involved in many other projects like

the modelling competition Miss Happiness and the EMBA-programme at the Tsing Hua University in Beijing, where the second class just graduated. According to Cui it is important to show the customers as well as other associates that Kopenhagen Fur is more than just an auction house. - People need to know, that Kopenhagen Fur is not just a fur auction. It is also an important part of the future, especially when it is about the Chinese fur industry. With projects like Miss Happiness, the EMBA-programme and the assistance we are rendering young Chinese designers, we are showing everybody that we wish to help shape and develop the fur industry, states Cui. But all this costs a lot of money, and Cui is well aware of that. - We are the eyes, the ears and the face of Kopenhagen Fur in China. We do not earn direct profit for our company, but we are striving to be the important driving force behind Kopenhagen Fur’s development in China, Cui tells. When talking to Cui, one cannot avoid noticing a distinct pride when she talks about her work. It is obvious that she has devoted herself to Kopenhagen Fur. For the last ten years she has been at Kopenhagen Fur and will probably stay for many years. - As far as it is in my power I will make the most of my talents, she says. And, bear in mind that this visionary but at the same time humble manager is just 34 years old.


News in brief

Kopenhagen Fur at CHIC Fair 2012 CHIC Fair 2012 took place late in March. It is the largest fashion fair in Asia presenting more than 1,000 national and international fashion brands. Kopenhagen Fur arranged a seminar for 45-50 attentive participants during the fair, and several media reported on the event. - The seminar has given us a lot of new knowledge about the fur industry. Before, we had many ideas how to use fur. Now, we have the tools to go home and carefully rethink how to implement a fur strategy in our business in the best way, Mr Jian, designer at Orient Lady Fur, said after the Kopenhagen Fur Seminar at CHIC Fair. Designers and companies who are interested in working with fur were invited to an afternoon full of valuable information about Kopenhagen Fur, fur qualities, trends & techniques, production of fur garments as well as an introduction to swakara and its use.

- We have made new contacts and inspired designers to think innovatively about the use of fur. Now, the designers know that our door is always open and that we are here to help them. Chris Cui, General Manager of the Beijing Kopenhagen Fur Representative Office, said.

Miss Happiness celebrated in her home town On 17 and 18 March, Ms Niu Wei Wei, Kopenhagen Fur’s Miss Happiness, was celebrated in her home town Shenyang. The celebration took place firstly at her university, secondly in the Yingdak store where the exhibition first took place. The celebrations included no less than two fashion shows, a press conference and a very popular autograph signing by Wei Wei in the Yingdak Store. At the press conference, Wei Wei said: “Growing up in an ordinary Chinese family, I always dreamt of becoming an international model. Kopenhagen Fur has made my wish come true!”



The second Tsinghua University-Kopenhagen Fur Executive Class graduates On 31 March, as many as 30 business owners and executives within the fur fashion industry graduated from the second ever Tsinghua University-Kopenhagen Fur Executive Education for Fur CEOs. At the Graduation Ceremony, Mr Per Knudsen, Chief Auctioneer at Kopenhagen Fur, presented the students with their graduation certificates and held a speech honouring the students’ engagement and enthusiasm. Teacher Zhenquan thanked Kopenhagen Fur for giving the class the possibility to study at the best university in China: ”Kopenhagen Fur is the only company in the trade that intensively works with its vision for the future and the potential growth of the Chinese fur industry. We are happy to support Kopenhagen Fur in the development of this educational platform which belongs to our own industry.” If you would like to take part in the 2012/2013 Tsinghua UniversityKopenhagen Fur Executive Education for Fur CEOs, please contact Ying Ying on +8610 8447 6810 at the Beijing Kopenhagen Fur Representative Office.

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Young top lot buyer succeeded second time around Attending an auction only for the second time, Mr Samson Gao purchased the top lot of Glow Velvet Males. Mr Samson Gao, aged 26, is second generation in Beijing Ximan International Fashion Co., Ltd, a company that both manufactures fur garments and have shops all over China. With his father, Mr Jin Kui Gao, being a regular buyer at Kopenhagen Fur’s auctions since 1999, Gao is no stranger to the fur business. However, he attended his first ever auction at Kopenhagen Fur back in June 2011. At that occasion, he also tried to purchase the top lot. - Unfortunately I missed it, but I was eager to try again this time. With this being only my second auction, I of course got excited once the bidding started, Gao explains. Succeeding in buying the top lot, Gao is very aware of the marketing value of a top lot. The plan is to put the top lot certificate on display on the company website, the company magazine and hang a copy in all of their shops. - The top lot will make our company stronger and a bigger actor in the fur market, Gao says.


News in brief

Greek family business does it again

White swakara top lot takes the record

For the tenth time Bourtsos Bros. SA bought the swakara top lot. The price settled at 1,650 DKK (297 USD), and though the auction room was not full at the time of the purchase, there was still a fierce competition between the buyers to obtain the black swakara top lot.

The white swakara top lot was sold at a record breaking 1,700 DKK (306 USD) which is the highest price ever for a swakara skin.

But there is a deeper meaning behind buying the top lot for such a high price, says Tasos Bourtsos. - We are swakara specialists, and that means we work only with the highest quality of furs, and that is why we are willing to pay the high price for the top lot.

- He wants to show his partners, that they should only expect the best when they do business with him. That is why he was so eager to buy the top lot.

This time the expensive skins were bought with a specific customer in mind.

Guligaz is also one of the biggest buyers of both swakara and karakul skins, because of the great demand for those types in Russia.

- The skins will be used for a lady in Russia, who has ordered a three piece women’s collection. She is expecting the best, and that is what she is getting with the top lot.

Sorting courses 2012/13

Closing times in July and August The Customer Department will be closed on Fridays from 20 July to 31 August, both days included. To contact the Customer Department during the summer


The top lot was bought for the Moscow company Guligaz by broker Ms Susanna Ribak, who explains the high price with the buyer’s desire to demonstrate that he means business.

please use the following numbers: Phone no.: +45 4326 1444 Fax no.: +45 4326 1449 E-mail: customers@

Kopenhagen Fur Academy offers a thorough and educational programme which gives you an opportunity to learn the specifics of the sorting and auction procedures in an international atmosphere. Sorting courses at Kopenhagen Fur 2012/13: From 22 to 26 October 2012 From 14 to 18 January 2013 Summer course 2013: From approx. three weeks before the June auction 2013 to the first selling day of the June auction


Forwarding Manager at Kopenhagen Fur Kopenhagen Fur wishes to meet the customers’ request to have their goods despatched for a prompt release in Hong Kong. Therefore, to strengthen the customer service, Kopenhagen Fur has employed Ms Line Spang as forwarding manager. Her main task is the shipping of skins from Kopenhagen Fur’s premises in Glostrup to Kopenhagen Fur’s warehouse in Hong Kong who handles the release of skins to customers in the Far East.

Chinchilla top lot heading for Dubai

Ms Spang can be contacted on phone no. +45 4326 1472 or at lsp@ Looking forward to the co-operation Kopenhagen Fur welcomes Ms Line Spang.

A sheik wants to make a chic jacket of the chinchilla top lot from Kopenhagen Fur’s April auction. The top lot was bought by the two brokers Mr Bernhard Stohn and Mr Kostas Trianzafillopoulo. They bought the top lot on behalf of the cooperation between the two companies Active S.A. from Kastoria, Greece and Planeta Mexa, Dubai. The companies got a request from a customer. - The customer asked us to buy the absolutely best chinchilla skins, and so we did, Trianzafillopoulo says. The Greek broker has attended Kopenhagen Fur’s auctions for the last 35 years. The customer is a sheik from Dubai. According to the two brokers, the skins will be used for a woman’s jacket.

National holidays in Denmark Ascension holidays: 17 and 18 May

Whit: 28 May Constitution Day: 5 June

holiday closing Please note that the reception at Kopenhagen Fur is closed for three weeks from Monday,

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16 to Friday, 3 August (both days included) and on all Fridays in July and August.


influencing the Chinese fur industry The Parkson department store is situated a ten minute’s drive from Tiananmen Square where Ms Fang Lin Ping has one of her four shops Branded Paradise. Fang participated in the first EMBA-course for fur retailers and manufactures at the Tsinghua University, and she believes that it has given her an edge in the fur game. BY kristoffer veggerby

Fang insists that the interview takes place in the nearby Starbucks. First of all, because she would like her morning latté, but also because business is booming. The noise in the classy boutique would simply be worse than the one you encounter in the American coffee shop. After a couple of sips, the 39year old business woman tells how she first came to know the EMBA-programme.


- I had already cooperated with Kopenhagen Fur before on the Miss Happiness competition, and it was Mr Chen Weixian – the former CEO of Kopenhagen Fur’s Beijing office – who offered me a spot on the initial course. Nothing like this had ever been tried before, and I found it exciting, Fang tells. This is the third successive year of the


course at the Tsinghua University, and it is one of the most successful courses on the university with 30 attendants per course and a filled class for the upcoming third year. Learning to share The Kopenhagen Fur/Tsinghua-programme is a 9-month university certificate programme with the purpose of teaching the Chinese fur industry how to brand itself, but it is also an attempt to further cooperate within the business. - In general, the Chinese keep it to themselves when it comes to business – they do not like to share as someone might take advantage of that. This is one of the things you avoid with the EMBAprogramme, Fang says. - Before I hardly ever met with my fellow fur retailers and manufacturers, and when it happened it was very formal. Now, after we have attended the programme together, we meet regularly and people are more willing to help each other. Before I went to Tsinghua, I wanted to place an order for 100 fur hats with one of my suppliers, but he would not

accept the order. It was “too small”, he said. He only produced large orders in thousands, and he only sold them to the Russian market. Today that is no longer a problem, and we are pleased to help each other. The 100 Club As mentioned above, the programme has been a success so far. Chen tells that the business is very interested in the attendance. - It is obvious that those who joined the programme has benefitted greatly from it. So far there is no problem filling the spots and I do not think it will become a problem. In the beginning we had plans of an alumnus club for the students – something like a 100 club, Chen tells with a smile. But the club is no longer some farfetched plan or an intern joke. As things are going so far the club will open in June this year and, as Fang says, the graduated students already get together on their own. - We almost meet on a regular basis. The world is changing and the solution is not to keep to yourself anymore. From

the programme we have learned the importance of sharing ideas and results so we together can make our businesses more profitable instead of working against each other. So an alumnus club is not only a great idea, it is necessary. The market has changed, and we need to change with it or else we cannot survive, nor prosper, in this line of business, Fang tells. - I recommend anyone in the fur business to attend the EMBA-programme. After thirteen years in the business I did not think that I could learn much more, but I did. I learned how to secure my business for the future and I learned to cooperate with my fellow colleagues, and I can only recommend it to others. Besides the classes at the Tsinghua University, the EMBA-programme also includes a trip to Kopenhagen Fur in Denmark where the students get a guided tour of the facilities at the fur auction as well as a tour of Kopenhagen Fur’s creative department, Kopenhagen Studio, where they get a chance to pick up some new ideas when it comes to fur design.

THE EMBA-PROGRAMME Kopenhagen Fur and Tsinghua University held the first EMBA-course in 2010/2011. The program is readying up for its third year with the next class starting in September 2012. The purpose of the programme is to educate the leaders of the Chinese fur industry and thus letting the best influence the rest by: • Sharing knowledge and the great expertise Kopenhagen Fur has in

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international fur trade. Helping the Fur CEO’s obtain sustainable growth with their businesses by enriching their knowledge for business operations and expanding their strategic view with international perspectives. Creating a network platform for fur industry CEO’s and thereby opening up cross-industry dialogue and cooperation.


A new brand is born Oh! By Kopenhagen Fur™ is a fresh and innovative player, pushing the limits of what you can do with fur. BY hans lØgstrup poulsen

Guests visiting the fair on the opening day of MIFUR 2012 in Milan were met with an exhibition stand equipped with banners saying Oh! By Kopenhagen Fur™, and it was not long before the first visitors were welcomed and presented with the brand and the new initiative. Ms Patrizia Venturelli Christensen, Head of Oh! By Kopenhagen FurTM, states that the presence at MIFUR was only a pre-launch. - The primary objective at MIFUR was to present the concept of Oh! By Kopenhagen Fur™ to the fur industry. MIFUR is well-known to Kopenhagen Fur who has used the fair for the last few years as an opportunity to present the


newest techniques developed in the creative centre and thereby inspired the industry. This time we could present the first collection of Oh! By Kopenhagen FurTM, while we still focus on new techniques and craftsmanship, Patrizia Venturelli Christensen says. She was very pleased with the outcome of MIFUR - The overall response was very positive. We were met with inquisitiveness and our concept was warmly welcomed. The visitors confirmed our own belief that this is what the market wants, Christensen says.

Innovation and quality in focus Oh! By Kopenhagen Fur™ will supplement the established fur market with new products. Women’s accessories in various forms – small bags, mobile phone covers, cases for tablets and similar items – will characterize the first collection. The idea of the name of Kopenhagen Fur’s new brand originates from the sensational expression and quality of the products. - We considered several names, but this one quickly got under our skin. We find it refreshing and it represents the feeling we want to create with our products. The reaction with the expression ‘oh!’ is


proclaimed often in situations when someone is surprised, astonished or curious, Patrizia Venturelli Christensen says. Expectations of a presence worldwide The present main market is Europe, North America, Korea and Japan, while bigger markets such as China and Russia are planned three or four years ahead. After the pre-launch at MIFUR, the brand will be promoted with similar activities in North America and Korea in the spring of 2012. - From a fashion-oriented perspective we consider the European and North

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American markets as mature, luxury markets. Furthermore, we are also entering the Korean and Japanese markets, two traditional fur markets with economies in growth. These fur markets have qualityconscious consumers in common who have a great demand for design. This is something that Oh! By Kopenhagen Fur™ can certainly deliver, Christensen says. With participation in a pop-up shop in Korea in May 2012 and orders from destinations around the world, the brand is already global. However, it will take some years before it is ready for markets the size of Russia and China. At present,

the ambition is first to become viable in the smaller markets, and the target is exclusive, multi-brand stores. - We have also plans to enter into fashion, accessories and fur retail. We are preparing marketing material and display concepts for the sales channel. Things are moving really quickly right now and we couldn’t be more excited about the sales through shops in the autumn of 2012, Patrizia Venturelli Christensen says. For further information please contact: Sales Manager Søren Meiling - Nielsen or phone +45 2268 0990




To work with fur for the first time was a great challenge, but with Holm’s support we were able to succeed.

Inspiring Young Talents at TsingHua Graduation Show BY lise okkels hansen

For the last six years, Kopenhagen Fur and Tsinghua University have cooperated on the development of new fur design talents via the Young Designer Programme. The programme is aimed at talented young designers to inspire them to work with fur. The students are taught by international fashion experts, and they are given the chance to design their own fur style of skins from Kopenhagen Fur. Every year, Kopenhagen Fur rewards talented students with scholarships. The two best design winners are rewarded a trip to Denmark to visit Kopenhagen Studio and to get more international fur and design inspiration. The culmination of the Young Designer Programme took place on the final day of Beijing International Fashion Week at a fashion show at the famous 798, a modern art district in Beijing. The show attracted many Chinese celebrities as well as international and national press. Before the show started, Mr Per Knudsen, Chief Auctioneer at Kopenhagen Fur, handed out scholarships to five students and best design awards to Miss Wen Ya and Miss Xiao Qing. Following the event, Kopenhagen Fur had the chance to talk to the winners about Kopenhagen Studio, what inspired their fur designs, and what they hope to make of their visit to Denmark.

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Miss Wen Ya’s winning design was a black coat that played with dimensions and layers for the creation of a white fur pattern. She expressed her appreciation of working with Mr Michael Holm, Design -and Production Manager at Kopenhagen Studio. - Michael is a great teacher. He never just told us what to do. Instead he encouraged us to enlighten our inner desire. To work with fur for the first time was a great challenge, but with Holm’s support we were able to succeed. The other winner, Miss Xiao Qing, produced a white fur bag. She was inspired by the contrast between night and day in the ocean. Explaining the design she said: - The bag is made of luminous materials with mink tails stitched on to imitate the antennae of the marine animal. In sunlight, the bag is a ‘normal’, costly bag. However, at night it changes and becomes a marine animal. Miss Xiao Qing acknowledges that fur design and Danish design thinking was challenging but fun for her: - For the first time, I was encouraged to have fun during the design process. This has really made my designs reach levels that I did not know I was capable of. For her, the award has encouraged her to follow up her dream to become a fur designer.


The Kopenhagen Fur fashion show was themed ‘Bonsoir Shanghai’ thereby paying homage to the fruitful cooperation of long standing between Denmark and China.

Bonsoir Shanghai! At the Danish Design Day Gala Dinner in Shanghai, Kopenhagen Fur delivered the evening’s highlight with a stunning fashion show for more than 200 Danish and Chinese business people. BY lise okkels hansen

The Gala Dinner celebrated the new direct SAS flight route between Shanghai and Copenhagen as well as the close connection of long standing between the two countries. His Royal Highness the Prince Consort was the guest of honour at the Gala Dinner and he held the opening speech. Here, the Prince Consort reencountered fond memories of Shanghai. The Prince Consort told the guests about his visit to the 2010 World Expo where the Little Mermaid’s ‘Holiday in China’ was the centre of attention at the Danish Pavilion. At that time, he had suggested that the naked mermaid should be dressed in a Danish mink coat to stay


warm. The Kopenhagen Fur fashion show was themed ‘Bonsoir Shanghai’ thereby paying homage to the fruitful cooperation of long standing between Denmark and China. The fashion show was inspired by the old Chinese song ‘A night in Shanghai’ which depicts the glamorous and luxurious lifestyle in Shanghai 100 years ago. The models therefore wore luxurious fur coats from Kopenhagen Studio, Mattia Fur in Shanghai and Tsinghua University. The models also had their hair and make-up done to match the glamorous theme. Ms Niu Wei Wei, Kopenhagen Fur’s Miss Happiness,


took part in the fashion show as the first and last model to enter the runway. - The event was a great example of how a broad mixture of Danish brands can come together to highlight the depth and breadth of Denmark and its influence on our day to day lives, Mr Lars Olofsson, General Manager at SAS Greater China, said. -One highlight was how Kopenhagen Fur showcased their Chinese partners’ products via an extensive and innovative fashion show – a significant and effective way of highlighting the extensive cooperation between these two countries. By the end of the night, Ms Niu Wei Wei and Mr Chen Weixian, General Manager at the Beijing Kopenhagen Fur Representative Office at that time, presented the Prince Consort with a beautiful fur scarf made of Danish Kopenhagen Fur mink skins and Chinese silk. The Prince Consort thanked Kopenhagen Fur for the present and congratulated them on delivering yet another stunning fashion show.

“One highlight was how Kopenhagen Fur showcased their Chinese partners’ products via an extensive and innovative fashion show – a significant and effective way of highlighting the extensive cooperation between these two countries.”

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Events in copenhagen 13-25 June 2012



TREFFPUNKT : BERLIN The exhibition TREFFPUNKT : BERLIN brings together

German World Images 18901930 - from Kollwitz to Nolde

a number of artists with strong ties to Berlin. The

The exhibition German World Images 1890 – 1930

works outline an ambiguous picture of Berlin’s

homes in on the era within German art history that

considerable importance as a practical and conceptual

saw the emergence of Modernism and follows the

source of inspiration for much of the art that flows

artists in their attempts at resolving questions about

from Berlin today. Through photography, installation,

art and national identity all the way from 1890s with

sculpture, neon, collage, sound and video, the works

their enthusiasm for the writings of Nietzsche to the

concretize the experience of urban Berlin

prefiguring of the country’s moral and cultural disaster in the 1930s.

〉 Until 22 July 2012

The exhibition comprises around 70 prints and

〉 Arken


〉 〉 Until 12 August 〉 Statens Museum for Kunst Concert

Tivoli’s Symphony Orchestra and Fabio Biondi


The Italian violinist and director Fabio Biondi will direct Tivoli’s Symphony Orchestra when they play eg. Mozart. 〉 21 June 〉 Tivoli Concerthall 〉


Lou Reed in concert Lou Reed, one of the musical icons of our time, visits Copenhagen on 18 June. Lou Reed created the legendary band The Velvet Underground in 1964. In 1970, he went solo, and he has written songs like ’Perfect Day’ and ”Walk On The Wild Side”. At the concert in Copenhagen, Lou Reed will perform a ’rock set’ with a great variety of his older songs as well as new material from his latest album ”Lulu”. 〉 18 June 〉 Falconersalen 〉


PINK CAVIAR New works in the Collection 2009-2011 There are works in all genres – video, photography, installation, sculpture and painting – from major works by Asger Jorn and Poul Gernes, Roni Horn, Erwin Wurm and Thomas Struth, to a wealth of contemporary art; from Thomas Demand and Tillmans to the youngest artists. 〉 24 May - 19 August 2012 〉 Louisiana 〉

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Kopenhagen Fur Auction schedule and Offering 2011/12

Kopenhagen Fur Offering 2011/2012 Sizes to be offered.







Black Mahogany 30-00 Brown 40-30-00 Glow 40-30-00 Silverblue 30-00 White 30-00 Pearl 30-00

40-30-00 40-30-00 40-30-00 40-30-00 40-30-00 40-30-00 40-30-00

30-00-0 40-30-00-0 50-40-30-00-0 50-40-30-00-0 30-00-0 30-00-0 30-00-0

30-00 30-00 30-00 30-00 50-40-30-00 50-40-30-00 50-40-30-00

50-40-30-00-0-1-2-3 50-40-30-00-0-1-2-3 50-40-30-00-0-1-2-3 50-40-30-00-0-1-2-3 0-1-2-3 0-1-2-3 0-1-2-3






Black Mahogany 1-2 Brown 0-1-2 Glow 0-1-2 Silverblue 1-2 White 1-2 Pearl 1-2

0-1-2 0-1-2 0-1-2 0-1-2 0-1-2 0-1-2 0-1-2

1-2-3 0-1-2-3 0-1-2-3 0-1-2-3 1-2 1-2 1-2

1-2 1-2 1-2 1-2 00-0-1-2 00-0-1-2 00-0-1-2

00-0-1-2-3-4-5 00-0-1-2-3-4-5 00-0-1-2-3-4-5 00-0-1-2-3-4-5 3-4-5 3-4-5 3-4-5


Other sizes will be offered when appropriate numbers of skins are available. Sizes of types not mentioned above will be offered when appropriate quantities are available.



Auction dates 2011/2012 December 2011 Inspection: 11 to 13 December Sales: 14 to 16 December

April 2012 Inspection: 15 to 19 April Sales: 20 to 24 April

February 2012 Inspection: 3 to 6 February Sales: 7 to 10 February

June 2012 Inspection: 13 to 18 June Sales: 19 to 25 June

Selling days

December 14-16

September 2012 Inspection: 2 to 7 September Sales: 8 to 14 September

February 7-10

April 20-24

June 19-25

September in total 8-14

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Blue Iris


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3,8 – 4,3m

4,7 – 5,1m

4,7 – 5,1m

4,7 – 5,1m

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Palomino Stardust Cinnamon Var. mutations Total mink

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Other skins Chinchilla Rex Rabbits Swakara Foxes

Breeders and breeders lowgrades will be offered at the June auction. We reserve the right to make changes.

June 2012


A helping hand from The Netherlands The Dutch farmer Rien Leeijen, who owns Lion Mink Farms together with his brother Pierre Leeijen, woke up one morning, and felt a need for charity. The need manifested itself during Kopenhagen Fur’s April auction, when he donated four of the mink lots, that he had brought to the auction, to Kopenhagen Fur’s Namibian School project. We have participated in charity before, but I felt that here was an opportunity to both help a good cause and at the same time bring some attention to it. These kids have nothing, but the project gives them a chance to get a good start in life, and we want to support that, says Rien Leeijen. Had nothing Today, Leeijen is quite wealthy, and he is involved in a lot of things from mink to steel production, and in general he lives a very comfortable life. But it has not always been like that. He had eight brothers and sisters, and his father worked his fingers to the bone to provide for them, but there was never enough. Never enough money, never enough food, never enough of anything Leeijen was the poor boy of the class. - I was the kid who had nothing, while

some of my classmates had everything. My life was not worse than the lives of many of the children that are lucky to attend the school project in Namibia, but I can relate to their situation.

It was hoped that the buyers would be willing to pay a little extra for the skins, when the profits were meant for charity. That wish came through. All 547 skins were sold and in total the auction raised just under 70,000 USD which will be donated to the children in Namibia. I am so happy right now, said Leeijen with great enthusiasm, when the last lot was sold. - With this money the project can help even more children and hopefully give them the tools to help themselves out of poverty. These children are the future, and we must make sure, that they are not left behind! To the question on whether the benefactors from Lion Mink Farms will donate their skins again Leeijen replies. - We might! As I see it, you come with nothing and you leave with nothing, and until then I will be allright with what I have.

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Colbjørnsensgade 14,

1652 V

+ 45 3331 7750



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1620 V

+ 45 3378 8000

Clarion Hotel Copenhagen


Molestien 11,

2450 SV

+ 45 7012 7373

Glostrup Park


Hovedvejen 41,

2600 Glostrup + 45 4396 0038



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1253 K

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1601 V

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Amager Blv. 70,

2300 S

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+ 45 3374 1414

+ 45 3314 3535

Hotel rates Cat. A



Cat. B



Cat. C



Cat. D



Cat. E



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1560 V

+ 45 8833 9900

Scandic Webers


Vesterbrogade 11B

1620 V

+ 45 3331 1432

Cat. F

Dkk 1200-1400

Skt. Petri - 5 stars


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1172 K

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Cat. G

Dkk 1400-1800

June 2012


Contact Kopenhagen Fur E-mail: Phone: +45 4326 1000 fa x: +45 4326 1126


Cashier Torben Nielsen Managing Director

kenneth loberg sales and marketing director

Inge Ă˜stermand Secretary (Management)

Laila webler Cashier

+45 4326 1042 (secr.)

+45 4326 1201

+45 4326 1042

+45 4326 1413

Brian Tufvesson head of Customer dept.

Birgit friis Secretary

line spang Freight Manager

+45 4326 1401

+45 4326 1431

Christiane Rautenberg key Account manager +45 4326 1442

Annette hindborg key Account manager

Anne Lunn key Account manager

Ahmet Aydin key Account manager

+45 4326 1440

+45 4326 1443

+45 4326 1441

Customer department


Beijing Office

area manager

Paul Pedersen Chief auctioneer

CHRIS CUI general manager

Andrej Rumjancev Area Manager, Russia

Leo Boutis Area Manager, Greece

+45 4326 1203

mob. +86 139 1093 7964

+45 4326 1103

mob. +30 693 242 5858

Per Knudsen Chief auctioneer


+45 4326 1208

mob. +86 139 1156 8019

Stig Reinhold Sales manager, auctioneer

angela Liu Customer Coordinator/Visa

+45 4326 1209

mob. +86 138 1055 4761

lars Skjoldegaard Auctioneer


+45 4326 1021

mob. +86 159 0143 7370

Kasper S. Reinbacher CONTROllER, GLOBAL FUR FINANCE, Auctioneer +45 4326 1021

Inge liu MARKETING COORDINATOR Tsing hua mba mob. +86 139 0106 0450

kopenhagen studio Jesper Mathiesen STUDIO DIRECTOR +45 4326 1102


+45 4326 1472

Reception/Booking Kathrine engberg Front office manager

Lis elleby Receptionist

+45 4326 1112

+45 4326 1280

Quality department

qualit ydepartment@ Bjarne Rasmussen head of Quality dept. +45 4326 1342

farmer service


jesper Lauge Christensen head of farmer service +45 4326 1376

Communications department Michael Holm Design- and Production Manager +45 4326 1158

Sander jacobsen Communications director

Søren Jespersen Media Manager

+45 4326 1063

+45 4326 1289


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Vesterbrogade 6 | 1620 cph. V | +45 33 11 53 10 Ă˜stergade 22 | 1100 cph. K | +45 33 15 53 10


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Infelber (Exports) Ltd 4 Elthorne Road, London N19 4AG Tel +44(20) - 7281 1966


Fax +44(20) - 7281 2398

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