Saturday, April 2, 2011

Give me the foxy look! (In love with Russian fur hat)

I was "styled'" by the helpful shop-owner of a fur-hat shop at the central market.

My personal collection, also my first, and surely not the last fur hat.

A user-friendly fur hat ordered online from China, I was told its faux rabbit fur.

I realize I look extremely happy and at home with fur hats.

If you are not convinced, my happiness is genuine and inexplicable. I could have been born with it.

My favourite so far, it costs 4600 roubles. (1 SGD gives you 22 roubles). No, I have not bought it yet!

The modest fur-hat shop in Kaliningrad. From the same shop, I bought for dad a fur cap from Turkey last year.

This is one from a friend's collection. Fox hair!
The shop owner strongly recommended this so called stylish fox-fur hat. But I beg to differ, even my face showed a tinge of steely resistance.

The lighting of the shop was specially adjusted to get a great picture of the pride of the shop! But I am sure I look freakish.

Well, this is ushanka - or ear-flap cap that we are looking for.
My mission of the day, to try on a fur-hat for my friend's wife in Italy. It is the 'in' thing for winter in Europe. We must buy it!

Today I had a mission. Boris needed to buy a fur hat for Elly. Fur hats are very popular in Italy, hence a pretty woman must possess one, especially one of genuine fox fur from Russia.
So my mission was to try on for Elly! I happily obliged! As told, I will send her the pictures for her to pick the one she like, or more than one that she wants!

The shop-owner was extremely friendly, he became a stylist and insisted that I tried on all he thought that would suit me.

I suddenly felt a revelation. I felt I should have been born in Russia at least once in my past life, or lives. I need to live in winter, especially Russian winter...

A bit about Russian fur hat. An ushanka is a Russian fur cap with ear flaps that can be tied up to the crown of the cap, or tied at the chin to protect the ears from the cold. In the English-speaking world, it is referred to as a shapka, from the Russian language word for "hat". Ushanka literally translates as "ear-flaps hat".

And I could tell you more stories about fur hats, but I need to rush for a dinner date!


  1. Hello,

    My name is Matthew. I am a Singaporean and chanced across your blog via Russian SG. You blog is interesting and has great photos.

    I would like to improve my Russian by working shortly in Russia. Will you care to share your story on why you have decided to go Kaliningrad and advise how I can get work in Russia?

    Thank you, I really look forward to hearing from you.

    Matthew Png

  2. Hi Matthew,

    Please write to me at my email as I don't know how I could reach you from here.