Tuesday, December 09, 2008

EMBA, GLMA, and American Legend Furs

EMBA is the trademarked name of The Mutation Mink Breeders Association. In 1942, a group of mink fur farmers joined forces to form a marketing cooperative. These ranchers specialized in mink fur in clear bright colors to which they gave distinctive trade names. EMBA often bought full page ads in Vogue magazine in cooperation with various designers and manufacturers of mink coats and stoles.

emba mink fur colorsFive of the rarer light colors were: 1. Arcturus - lavender beige, 2. Morning Light - blue beige, 3. Azurene - blue grey, 4. Aeolian - taupe, 5. Tourmaline - pale beige. These colors were all natural, not dyed, and, according to EMBA, each represented less than 1% of the world's mink. The pelts above are photographed with Harry Winston diamonds.

1957 emba mink fur coatThis ad, from 1957, features a Ritter Bros. coat in EMBA Jasmine, a natural white mutation mink color.

1963 emba mink fur coatThis ad, from 1963, shows a coat designed by Emeric Partos and custom made by Bergdorf Goodman in EMBA Morning Light mink.

1966 emba mink fur coatThis ad, from 1966, shows a coat by Maximilian in EMBA Tourmaline mink fur.

In 1941, a group of mink ranchers centered in the Great Lakes region formed The Great Lakes Mink Association, another marketing designation. The GLMA ranchers developed a unique strain of perfect black mink and marketed them under the trademark Blackglama. Their famous ads feature celebrities wearing Blackglama furs with the tag line, "What becomes a legend most?".

blackglama mink fur coat Racquel WelchRacquel Welch in 1976.

1981 blackglama mink fur coat PavarottiLuciano Pavarotti in 1981.

1982 Blackglama mink fur coat Sophia LorenSophia Loren in 1982.

In 1985, EMBA merged with The Great Lakes Mink Association (GLMA) to form The American Legend Cooperative. American Legend is now the trademarked name given to the furs produced by this cooperative. Only the finest quality minks can receive the American Legend trademark status. The American Legend Cooperative uses super models and celebrities in their ads today.

American Legend fur coat Celine DionCeline Dion in a modern Sorbara Furs ad.