I don't know if you can see it in the background, but there is a photo from Doctor Zhivago on the wall, with Yuri and Lara wearing hats quite similar!
Dear J. Peterman: One rabbit fur hat, flaps can be tied up or worn down. Made especially for coming in on dark winter nights to a Turkish rug and a fire burning in the fireplace. Or for a quick stroll to the counter-revolutionary artists' café, The Stray Dog, in St. Petersburg, 1912. Also quite useful for deserting the Red army and making your way, somehow, sometime, to Paris.
What does one do in a snowstorm?? Anna Akhmatova, the great Russian poet, has some ideas:
Empty white Christmastide.
Snow, snowstorm, snow.
Let the roads be an ice-rink -
I've nowhere to go!
A.A. January 1914