Everything Old Is New Again: How to Restyle Your Fur Coat — Part 1

Fur restyling is a great option.

Fur coats can be restyled into something new and fresh.

Some people feel as though old fur coats can never go out of style. While this is true for many, others feel that updating their furs can help them look and feel like new again. If you have recently inherited a real fur coat or you are tired of wearing the same old fur, fur restyling can be a simple option. Before you move forward with the process, learning about the different restyling trends can help you make the right choice.

Convert It

One of the most popular options is to convert fur coats into something entirely different. Some individuals simply don’t have a use for a larger fur coat. Others want something different. These coats can often be easily made into fur vests, stoles, jackets, wraps or capes. If there is extra fur after this process, it can easily be made into other fur accessories.

Alter It

If your real fur coat is something you love to wear around town, making simple changes to its look can make you feel as if you have a brand new coat. For instance, you may change its length, alter its silhouette or shear the fur to give it an entirely new look. Talk to your furrier about the types of alterations that can be made.

Embellish It

The final option is to add embellishments to your fur coats. The simple addition of buttons or special trim can help you change the look of your old, tired fur coats. Even something as simple as updating the zipper or another element that was included on the original coat can give you the new look you’ve been searching for. The options are numerous so you can make the right choice.

Changing the look of an old fur coat can be a great way to keep it fresh and new. When you have a real fur coat, you need to protect your investment as much as possible. If you have been thinking about making changes to your coat, it is time to talk to your furrier about the options so you can decide how to turn your fur coat into something you will be proud to wear again.

If you are looking for a way to update your old fur coats, contact us. We have the experience and skills to transform your old real fur coat into something new and fresh.

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How Much Is Your Fur Coat Really Worth?

Fur coats have a specific value.

Finding the value of fur coats is important.

Fur coats can be one of the most valuable investments you ever make. They often cost a lot of money and are worth just as much if you decide to sell it in the future. In some cases, the value may even rise based on the supply and demand of a certain type of fur. When you buy fur coats, it is important to understand just how much your coat is worth for a number of reasons. There are several ways to determine its worth, even if you don’t have an exact value.

Look Online

One of the ways in which you can get an idea of how much fur coats are worth is to check online. Before you browse online, check for the manufacturer of the coat and understand the type of fur you have. Once you know who made your coat and out of which fur, you can look on resale websites, such as eBay. This will show you how much similar coats are currently selling for. After all, something is only worth what people are willing to pay.

Get an Official Appraisal

If you want to cover your fur coats on your insurance policy, it is necessary to complete an official appraisal when you buy fur coats. This formal appraisal will tell the insurance company how much it would cost to replace your coat if it is stolen or damaged in a disaster, such as a fire or flood. Many furriers offer appraisal services because they are most familiar with the fur market and how it relates to the value of furs.

Replacement vs. Cash Value

When you obtain an appraisal for your fur coats, you will see two values listed: replacement and cash value. Understanding what these two values mean will ensure you know exactly how much your coat is worth. Replacement value refers to the amount it costs to replace your current coat with a similar one. Cash value is significantly lower and takes into consideration wear and tear and other condition factors. Age is not typically a factor if the coat is well cared for.

When you buy fur coats, it can be beneficial to understand how much they are worth to protect your investment. An official appraisal is often needed to cover your fur coats on your insurance policy. However, you can also use resale sites to get an idea of how much your fur coat is worth if you decide to sell it.

If you are looking for an experienced furrier for an appraisal, contact us. We can help you determine the value of your fur coats.

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Leather and Fur…The Ultimate Fashion Duo

Fur Coats

Fur coats can often feature leather for a unique look.

Full fur coats aren’t the only option you have when it comes to fur fashions. In fact, there are plenty of other options that combine furs with other materials to create a unique look in your sense of fashion. Combining leather with fur coats makes the ideal option to showcase your love of fur without the high levels of warmth. It can also be a good option if you are concerned with the use of real fur on these types of coats but still want the look.

Incredible Attention to Detail

Combining furs with the look of leather is a natural combination that gives the furrier a chance to pay attention to detail. The details in a fur coat are often hidden behind the furs. However, when you add fur to a traditional leather coat, it provides them with a chance to add cuffs, pockets, borders and collars that are either made from furs or from the leather. This creates a long list of detail options that can create a beautiful fur coat this is unique and fashionable. The combination of these two materials creates a canvas on which the furrier can create something new and fresh for each individual.

A Trendy Option

Women love to stay on top of all the latest trends. While fur seems to always be in style, adding the essence of leather to fur coats and other fur accessories creates a new trend that is popular for all ages and lifestyles. The use of leather is more versatile and creates a coat that can be worn for just about any occasion. The fur dresses up the leather, while the leather dresses down the furs, making for a combination that is suitable for both casual and dressy occasions.

A Variety of Trimming Opportunities

When it comes time to purchase a fur and leather coat, you will have two basic options among the various styles available. Some individuals prefer a fur coat that is trimmed with leather, while others want a leather coat that is trimmed with fur. What you choose is a personal decision based on your needs. A fur coat trimmed in leather will be a bit warmer than a leather coat trimmed in fur. Among these types of fur coats, you will still find a variety of options that create the look you want from your coat.

Fur coats aren’t limited to being made from furs alone. One of the latest trends in fur fashions is adding leather to fur coats to provide them with a different look, while still providing for the luxurious look of furs. When it comes to fur and leather coats, you have many options in the exact look of the coat. You can choose whether fur or leather is the primary material and what types of details the coat features to ensure you find something that suits your sense of style.

If you are looking for great fur and leather coats, contact us. We carry a variety of options to fit the style of many individuals.

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Make a Fashion Statement with a Natural Fur Purse

Fur Accessories

Fur handbags are a great option in fur accessories.

Not everyone likes the look and feel of real fur coats but still want a touch of fur to add to their wardrobe. For these individuals, fur accessories can be a great alternative. One of the most useful accessories many individuals often choose is the fur handbag. This is an accessory many women already carry so why not choose one that features your favorite fur?

Carry Fur at All Times

Fur is often limited to the winter months when the warmth of fur offers relief from the chill air outside. However, many of these women hate the idea of putting their furs aside because it is just to warm to wear them again. There are plenty of other fur accessories from which they can choose, but a handbag makes the most sense for many women. They carry a handbag with them at all times to keep their wallet safe, as well as to carry a large number of other items. Carrying one that is made from fur gives them the class of fur without the warmth.

Plenty of Space

Many women prefer a handbag that offers plenty of room to keep everything they need close by. While a small handbag is preferred for special occasions where only a few items may be needed or a large bag is too cumbersome to carry all the time. Fur handbags often offer a lot of room, allowing you to bring your wallet, makeup and anything else you need to carry along with you. No other fur accessory provides you with the additional room you need, even if they are a fashionable option to dress up your wardrobe using your favorite furs.

A Modern Look for Any Wardrobe

Dressing up your wardrobe is one of the top reasons why individuals choose to use fur accessories. When you don’t want to wear a real fur coat or even a fur shawl or other similar item, you may still want to show off your sense of style with the look of fur. Fur handbags can give any outfit in your wardrobe a touch of class and a modern look. For instance, when you drape your favorite handbag made from fur draped over your arm, you are sure to attract attention wherever you go.

The use of fur accessories can be a great way to utilize your furs throughout the entire year. While there are a large number of accessories from which individuals can choose, fur handbags are a great option for women. These handbags allow you to carry furs with you at all times of the year, even when it is too warm for full furs. In addition, these bags offer plenty of room and provide your wardrobe with a more modern look.

If you are looking for a great fur handbag or other fur accessories to add to your wardrobe, contact us. We carry a large selection of fur products to give you the exact look you desire.

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Fur Fashion 101: Which Fur Is the Right One for You — Part 2

Mink Fur Coats

Fur coats come in a variety of styles to please everyone.

In our last blog post, we talked about finding the right type of fur to best suit your needs. With all the types of fur available for winter fur coats, it can be a difficult decision. However, this is not the only decision you will face as you consider your options for real fur coats. There are many aspects you must consider to ensure you choose the right option for you and your needs.

The Fur Parts

Before you purchase any furs, it is essential to understand what makes up a real fur coat. This can help you tell the difference between a real and a faux fur so you get what you expect. Most individuals are aware of the guard hairs because these are the longer hairs that most people will see. These furs cover the finer, softer furs that are located underneath. These under hairs are the ones that give furs their incredible warmth. If you find a fur coat that only features one layer of fur or doesn’t have a distinct sheen to it that is often found in natural furs, it is likely to be a faux fur instead.

The Pelt Origin

Where a pelt comes from can play a significant role in the quality of your fur coat. Every type of fur should come from a different area of the world to ensure you are getting the highest quality in your real fur coat. Learning where certain furs should come from allows you to make the best possible choice for your fur coats. For instance, if you want the best mink fur possible for your fur coat, choose furs that came from the United States. However, other furs should come from other locations, such as fox from Finland and beaver from Canada. If it is unclear where the furs were harvested, ask your furrier to find out.

Consider the Style

Once you have settled on the type of fur and are confident you know where to get the highest quality in furs, you can focus on choosing the right style. For instance, some individuals love the luxurious feel of a long fur coat, while others choose a shorter winter fur coat to best meet their need. Another important choice is whether you want a fur coat made from one type of fur or one that is made from several types. Sometimes the look of multiple types of furs can provide you with a unique look to set you apart.

Finding the right real fur coat is essential to your comfort and your sense of style. A good place to start is choosing the type of fur that appeals to your sense of style and your budget. Once you know what type of fur you want, you can focus on other aspects, such as making sure you are purchasing a real fur coat and what style you want for your fur coat. Remember, this coat is designed to last a long time.

If you are in the market for a quality fur coat, contact us. We carry a large selection of fur coats made from many types of furs in a variety of styles.

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Fur Fashion 101: Which Fur Is the Right One for You — Part 1

Winter Fur Coat

Fox fur is just one of your options for great fur coats.

Wearing furs can help you feel sophisticated and beautiful. However, there are so many types of furs from which you can choose that it can be difficult to make the right choice for your needs. Some winter fur coats will look better on you than others. These tips, as well as those in our next blog post, will help you make the right choice for your fur fashion.

Fox Fur

Fox fur is one of the most popular types of furs for a variety of reasons. Not only is it one of the least expensive options, it also offers one of the largest arrays of natural colors available in fur types. Fur obtained from foxes typically features long hairs and a soft, thick undercoat, making it an extremely warm option. The best part of choosing this type of fur is the wide variety of fur colors from which you can choose, including:

  • Silver
  • Blue
  • White and Black
  • Red

Choose just one color or purchase real fur coats that use a variety of natural fur colors to create a unique effect.

Chinchilla Fur

When most people think of fur coats, chinchilla is not the first option that comes to mind. However, chinchilla can be one of the most luxurious options available to you. This fur comes in slate blue shades, as well as silvery, and feels soft and velvety to the touch. This type of fur is often thicker than many other fur types, with as many as 80 hairs growing from each follicle instead of the typical one.

Mink Fur

Mink is perhaps one of the most popular furs, though it can be more expensive. In fact, this type of fur was often seen as a status symbol. Mink fur is one of the softest furs available on the market today. Like fox fur, there are many color options with this type of fur, giving you plenty of ways to choose the style for your coat. Some of the common colors available in mink include:

  • Black
  • Various Shades of Brown
  • White
  • Grey

Some mink fur even features a combination of colors or shades to give the winter fur coat a unique feel.

Rabbit Fur

Another lesser known option for your real fur coats is rabbit. This fur offers a medium length for a different look than shorter furs, while still providing the optimal warmth like longer fur options. In general, there are two types of rabbit fur: normal and Rex. The normal rabbit fur does not have the same durability but is a more affordable option. This makes Rex the more desirable option for those who want a coat that lasts.

Choosing the right furs for your needs starts with determining the right type of fur. Real fur coats are made from a large variety of fur types, making it overwhelming to make the best choice. Whether you already know what type of fur you want or you are still deciding, this is not the only choice you must make. Our next blog post will discuss other things to consider as you make your choice.

If you are in the market for a new winter fur coat, contact us. We can help you choose from our wide selection of quality furs.

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Know the Facts about Genuine Versus Faux Fur

Fur Coats

Learn how to tell the difference between real and faux furs.

Some individuals want to make sure the furs they wear are genuine furs, while others prefer faux fur. However, sometimes it can be difficult to tell the difference between the two. If you are determined to purchase real furs, it is important to ensure that you know how to tell the difference to avoid spending too much for a faux fur coat or other item you didn’t want because it isn’t genuine.

Check the Labels

Just like any other item of clothing you buy, fur coats come with tags sewn into the seams inside. Make sure you look for the tag and read it carefully. Most faux furs will carry a designer or store label that will set it apart from real furs. However, be careful because a few brands actually make items with both real and faux fur. A label should be a supplement to the other clues to ensure you have a real fur coat on your hands.

Examine the Lining

The lining of a fur coat is a tell-tale sign that you are purchasing a real fur instead of a faux fur. Real fur coats are pieced together in strips and pieces to create the full fur coat. Check the lining to ensure that you see these patterns. If the lining is in one piece or doesn’t feature a patchwork type pattern, chances are you are dealing with faux furs. Some types of fur, such as lamb and goat, may be sewn in larger pieces, but the lining will still feel like real leather.

Feel the Fur

Feeling the fur can provide you with a clear picture as to whether you are purchasing a real fur coat. Real fur is often soft to the touch and falls into a sleek line when brushed with your hand. It will feel similar to petting a cat. When you touch the faux fur, on the other hand, it will feel rough to the touch and can even be sticky when it is humid outside. It also feels more like petting a stuffed animal.

The Burn Test

You certainly don’t want to expose real fur coats to an open flame or source of heat. However, the burn test can be a great way to separate real from fake furs. To perform this test, you must clip a small amount of fur from an unnoticeable spot on the coat. Two to three strands is all you need. When you expose faux fur to an open flame, it will melt and give off a distinctive plastic odor. If the fur is real, it will smell like burnt hair and will not burn as easily.

Determining whether you are looking at real fur coats or faux fur, it is essential to learn what you should look for. If you can see the furs in person, it is easy to determine whether they are real or fake as long as you know how to check. Checking the label and lining can provide you with valuable information. Feeling the fur and conducting the burn test will help you make a final determination.

If you are looking for the best selection of real fur coats, contact us. We carry a great selection of real furs.

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How to Store a Fur Coat

Fur Coats

Proper storage is essential to the longevity of fur coats.

Whenever you aren’t wearing your fur coats, it is essential to know how to store them. Even though it may seem as though winter will last forever, spring is on the way and wearing your fur coat will no longer be necessary. Whether you are storing your fur coat in your closet or you send it in for professional storage during the hot summer months, it is important to learn as much as you can about proper storage to avoid damaging your coat.

Choose a Cool, Dark Place

Furs do best when you store them in a cool, dark place. Heat has a tendency to dry out the furs and leather, which can lead to bald patches and other problems with your fur coat. If you are storing your coat in your home, a dark closet on the exterior wall of your home can be the ideal option to protect your coat.

Use the Proper Hanger

Before you hang your fur coat in the closet, make sure you choose the right kind of hanger. The typical plastic and wire hangers will not provide the support your coat needs and can leave your coat misshapen in the shoulders. Instead, choose a hanger made from wood that features wide shoulders.

Plenty of Breathing Space

Fur coats need plenty of space to breathe. The air flow keeps the fur cool and dry to avoid problems, such as mold and bad smells. It also keeps the coat away from other fabrics that can rub on the coat and cause some of the fur to fall out. If possible, make sure the coat doesn’t touch anything else in the closet as it hangs.

Don’t Use Cedar Blocks or Moth Balls

Keeping rodents and other pests away from your fur coats is a challenge. Most individuals turn to moth balls, which will leave a bad smell in the furs and can actually cause damage to the fur. However, cedar can also be a bad idea. Cedar draws all moisture out of the air, which is actually a bad environment for storing furs and leads to dry rot.

Professional Storage

If you will be storing your fur coats for a long period of time, it is best to turn it over to a professional furrier for fur storage. The furrier will ensure your fur coat is in excellent condition and then store it in a controlled environment. This environment includes a specific temperature and humidity level that is optimal for protecting fur coats and other furs.

Proper storage of your fur coats and other fur accessories is essential to ensure it lasts a long time and isn’t damaged during use. Whether you are storing it in your home between wearing it or you are storing it professionally due to long periods of not wearing it, learning the best methods of storage will protect your furs for the long-term.

If you are looking for professional fur storage options, contact us. We offer quality fur storage and cleaning at affordable prices.

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The Seasonless Seduction of Fur

Fur Accessories

Fur accessories can be a great addition to your wardrobe any time of the year.

When most people think of fur coats and fur accessories, they think of wearing them in the cold winter months when other outerwear just doesn’t match up. While this is the most common use of fur, it isn’t the only one. Did you now that the fashion of furs extends to every season? You don’t have to limit the use of furs to the colder months of the year; you can pull them out at any time.

Stick to Smaller Furs

It isn’t practical to wear full fur coats all year round. These items should be put into professional storage at your local furrier to ensure they are fully protected and ready to wear when the cold weather hits again. Instead, it is best to stick to the smaller furs you have in your wardrobe, such as fur capes, fur stoles and other fur accessories. The cooler spring months are more open to these furs, but you can also use them in the summer months. Even choosing fur accents is a great choice for the warmer months.

A Lightweight Option

If you have ever handled older fur coats or fur accessories, you probably noticed they were heavy. This meant they weren’t a great option for the warmer months of the year. Due to new techniques furriers are using, fur has become lighter and can provide you with a sense of style at all times of the year. You can now drape furs across your shoulders during the warmer spring or summer months and you won’t be uncomfortably hot.

Choose Great Fur Accessories

Fur accessories are another great way to dress up your wardrobe when it’s too warm to actually wear furs. Add fur keychains to your keys or to your purse to give it a splash of fur without making yourself too warm. Another great option is to choose a fur handbag that complements the rest of your outfit. You may even be able to find shoes that feature the look and luxurious nature of furs. The options today are much more diverse than they have been in previous years.

Light Colors

Lighter, neutral colors are often the ideal option for furs in the spring and summer months. These colors are often associated with the summer months and can really dress up your wardrobe. However, you don’t have to limit yourself to natural colors. Fur coats and other fur accessories come in a variety of dyed colors, allowing you to choose a fun new color for the warmer months.

Fur coats and fur accessories are no longer limited to the colder months of the year. Fur is becoming a seasonless fashion accessory that can be used, regardless of how warm it is outside. Understanding how to properly use furs in the warmer months will allow you to use the elegance of fur in all types of weather.

If you are looking for the perfect fur accessories for the upcoming spring and summer seasons, contact us. We offer a great selection of furs to meet your style needs.

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Tips for Cleaning Natural Fur

Fur Coats

Fur coats require proper cleaning to ensure they last.

Keeping your natural furs clean will ensure your fur coats and other fur accessories stay looking their best. Natural fur doesn’t last as long as faux fur, especially when you don’t take the time to learn how to care for them properly. The way in which you care for your real furs will vary, making it essential to determine what you must do to protect them. Professional cleaning is often needed, but there are things you can do to keep your furs looking their best without damaging them.

Remove Larger Particles

Removing any larger particles from your fur coats is the first step in the cleaning process. In some cases, simply shaking out your furs is enough to remove the larger particles. However, if you notice that some particles are still in the hairs, you may wish to brush out the coat with your fingers to remove anything that is entwined a little deeper in the hairs.

Consider a Cleaning Spray

There are some cleaning sprays that are designed to freshen up fur coats in between professional cleanings. If you use one of these sprays, hang up your coat in an open area and spray it gently with the spray. Don’t saturate any single area of the coat. These products often come with a special pad for wiping the fur. Use this pad and wipe in the natural direction of the hairs to remove any dirt. Once the coat dries in 30 minutes to an hour, brush the fur out and hang it back up in your closet.

Keep It Dry

Despite what you may think, you can wear your fur coats when it is raining or snowing outside. The water itself won’t harm your fur coat. It is how you handle a wet coat that will make a difference. Never use a heat source directly on the coat, including a hair dryer or a clothes dryer. Instead, hang the coat up away from direct sunlight and allow it to dry naturally. If it is moderately wet, shake it out before hanging it up.

Get Professional Help

A professional cleaning is essential to ensure the longevity of your fur coats. A professional furrier should offer these services individually and as part of their storage services. They use special cleaning processes that utilize a dry powder that removes any smaller particles and keeps your coat looking like new. This type of cleaning is not required on a regular basis, but should be done about once a year, typically when you place your coat into storage.

Keeping your real fur coats and fur accessories clean will ensure the fur remains in good condition and lasts a long time. Furs cost a lot of money and need to be treated with the utmost in care to protect that investment. If you want your fur coat to last long enough to pass down to future generates, this proper care is essential.

If you are interested in getting a professional cleaning for your fur coat, contact us. We offer professional cleaning and storage services for all your furs.

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