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DIY: Stuffed Fur Stole

March 20, 2013
tags: , , , do it yourself, , fur, fur stole, , lemur, moda operandi, , puppy, , , , stuffed animal,, , vika gazinskaya
by Sonia


Having worked in the fashion industry for several years now, prices rarely surprise me. Clothes are expensive these days, but accessories take the cake for several months worth of rent. I still roll my eyes at a pair of shoes well over 1K and find the price of a Birkin bag to be ridiculous, but I normally know what to expect upon walking into a store like Barney’s. However, I was slapped in the face by a price tag a few days ago and I’m not sure I’ll ever recover.

I saw the above photo of the unstuffed animal stole on during Paris Fashion Week and began a feverish online hunt to track one down. Countless Etsy sites offered up similar faux stoles, but I wanted that one. I decided to put the fuzzy friend on the back burner, certain that its online presence would turn up eventually. Well turn up it did but at a price that not even I, lover of all things stuffed animal, could justify.


The stoles are by Vika Gazinskaya and can currently be purchased on Moda Operandi for the hefty sum of $2,000. That’s right, the lemur stuffed animal — which they call a raccoon — that looks so much like the fuzzy friends you snuggled with on a nightly basis as a kid costs as much as a nice studio apartment in NYC.

So what does one do when they can’t afford the real deal? They DIY. Behold three options below that cost next to nothing.


First, we have our stuffed animal hat. Though I have yet to figure out how to secure such an accoutrement on my head, I’m positive that this look will have me street style snapped in no time. Tommy Ton, meet me in 10?


Then we have the Teddy Bear stole; a personal favorite of mine. Notice how my well-worn teddy balances gracefully on my shoulder? She looks like she’s having a much better time than that $2K plush racoon/lemur. Plus she’s versatile and can double as a snuggle buddy and/or pillow.


And last, but certainly not least, we have the real animal. Finn’s longer body wrapped perfectly around my shoulders and his legs even dangled like the fox scarf pictured above. If you don’t have your own dog or cat at home, I fully support you borrowing one off the street that goes well with your outfit.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Adrienne permalink
    March 20, 2013

    Hahaha this is brilliant. Your dog is so cooperative! My Binksy would never do that.

  2. ASTERISQUE permalink
    March 20, 2013

    So funny!

  3. Kirsten permalink
    March 20, 2013

    hahahaha. thanks so much for the laugh, sonia! i’ve been having a bit of a rough week so this post came just in time.
    love that you can appreciate a cute stuffed fur stole as much as the next guy…i had the same idea when i saw that photo from PFW the other day…thought about de-fluffing one of my animal friends to recreate it, but just didn’t have it in me to cut any of them open!

    • March 20, 2013

      I could never slice one open! Though they have those de-stuffed dog toys that might work sewn together…perhaps that will be my next DIY. ;)

      Hope you have a better week!

      xx Sonia

  4. Christa permalink
    March 20, 2013

    Thank you for being honest about ridiculous prices. I hate when people don’t acknowledge them and think its normal to spend thousands of dollars on clothes.

  5. Amy permalink
    March 20, 2013

    This post is adorable. BTW, where did you get that tiger sweater. Your dog is the cutest!

  6. Merc permalink
    March 20, 2013

    Thanks for the laugh! You are right some prices are inflated and not worth the investment! At 2k, a flat provides a roof over your head, but a sad looking floppy accessory at that price is equivalent to flinging the cash in the sea!

  7. kylene permalink
    March 20, 2013

    I am now on a serious mission to recreate that fox. that fox is effing major.

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