Fashioning the Fur Industry in Montreal: Forging a New Production Paradigm or Recasting the Old?
Centered in Montreal, the fur industry is the oldest industry in Canada. As such, it carries great historic and symbolic cache, giving the product authenticity both locally and abroad. In recent years, the rise of the animal rights movement, economic recessions, climate change, competition from low-cost export centers and the casual trend within apparel have prompted restructuring. This paper will explore efforts to refashion the industry through the introduction of new product innovations. The paper will also explore some of the obstacles to undertaking these activities in an industry that has long prided itself on traditional, business practices.
||Innovation, Design, Fur Industry, Montreal
International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp.1-10.
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Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada
Dr. Rantisi received her Ph.D. (2002) in Geography from the University of Toronto. Her teaching and research interests include local economic development and policy, industrial restructuring, and the cultural economy of cities. In 2003, she received a FQRSC grant to undertake a study of the design innovation system for the Montreal apparel industry, and in 2006, she received a SSHRC grant to examine the local and global sources of innovation for the Montreal fur industry. She is also a co-applicant, along with over 25 researchers across Canada, on a SSHRC-funded Major Collaborative Research Initiative on “The Social Dynamics of Economic Performance: Innovation and Creativity in City-Regions” (2006-2011). Dr. Rantisi has published in international, peer-reviewed journals in the fields of Geography and Planning, and is presently on the editorial board of Geography Compass.
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