We upcycle old mink coats no longer used by our customers to warm modern parkas.  While we do not restyle fur coats into modern shapes, we can make a modern Gemmi parka using the customer’s own fur coat to make the fur lining, instead of using new fur skins. 


Upcycling old mink coats to a parka

We have several parka models in our collection that can be used for upcycling mink coats.   

The parkas represent our take on the traditional army parka, made in light technical fabric which give the parkas an urban look. Fabric colors available are: black, navy, green, beige and off-white. 

Instead of the fox fur lining used in our parkas, we can make the lining from the customer’s own mink coat. The hood is usually made with mink fur lining. However, the customer can also choose a hood trim made from striking Finnraccoon.


Upcycling old mink coats to a parka

The parkas can be made in three different lengths, 88, 98 or 108 cm. The parkas have large pockets and the longer versions have a traditional fishtail. The design reflects Nordic design aesthetics, such as clean lines and functionality.


Before we can upcycle an old mink coat we first test the fur skins in the mink coat, to ensure the skins have not become dry.
Upcycling old mink coats

Fur material in general is long lasting and we have made fur parkas from mink coats that have been 30 years old and used by more than one generation.  Our customers have been able to use mink coats inherited from their mother or grandmother.

If the old mink coat is long and/or wide, there is generally enough material for a fur lining. The mink fur lining is only used in the body, while the sleeves have padding from down like non-woven material.   

If you are interested in ordering a parka made from your own mink coat, please contact us on gemmi@gemmi.fi