Feather Craze Strikes UK

May 8, 2011 By: Marshall Cutchin

Years ago, the fear of avian flu virtually froze the transport of bird feathers across international boundaries. Yet times do change — with the fashion.  Susie Mesure reports in this morning’s Independent that that British salon owners have discovered the value of a few long hackle feathers.

“‘Nick Powell, of Troutcatchers in Northamptonshire, said he had turned down orders worth £4,000 from California in the past week. ‘Hairdressers are searching the entire world for these feathers,” he said. “I’ve never known a phenomenon like this.'”