Fashion: At Last, the Mable

In the realm of fur, sable reigns while mink merely serves (albeit nicely). A sable coat costs about $15,000; a good mink runs around $6,000. Still, mink has qualities that no other fur can match.

It is sleek and lightweight, lustrous and warm. "You can do anything with mink because it handles as easily as cloth," says Ernest Graf, executive vice president of Ben Kahn Furs Corp. "Mink is durable. Mink is beautiful."

For years, fur animal breeders have wanted to combine the practical qualities of mink with the lush fullness of sable. The goal has now been reached; next month...

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