COSTA MESA — With the sun shining and the temperature at a comfortable 74 degrees, Johnna Rice showed off a plush cream-colored fur scarf around her neck and matching fur cuffs over her wrists and boots.
The soft material, made of sheared mohair sewn into a cotton fabric backing, is surprisingly lightweight and cool even in warm weather, she said.
And more important, it's animal-friendly, she added.
"For those who love the look and feel of real fur, you can love this fur and still feel good about it," Rice said. "No animals are harmed. The animals have to be sheared twice a year anyway, so why not use the fur for something beautiful?"
As the demand for high-fashion fur clashes with the growing need for animal-friendly products, Rice and her husband, Jim, a 1988 Costa Mesa High School alumnus, have found their niche in mohair and alpaca fur accessories.