How Should You Approach Selling Your Fur?

Morris Kaye fur coat appraisal in DallasOut of all the gifts you’ve received this holiday season, you may have a least favorite. For some, this could be a real fur coat they either have no use for, or don’t exactly love. Alternatively, you could be over the moon about your new coat but not have enough room in your closet to store it properly. If the latter situation is the case for you, your best option would be to either put some of your other fur apparel (or non-fur apparel) in storage or up for sale. The process of selling your fur, however, can be tricky. Keep reading for a quick guide on how to best approach selling a real fur coat.

Do Your Research

The first and most important step to selling a fur coat is doing some preliminary research. You need to figure out how much the coat is worth; the last thing you want to do is underprice or over price it. Underpricing the coat will cheat you out of gaining the amount of money you deserve. Over pricing will make it much harder to sell the coat, as no one will want to pay an amount they don’t feel is worth it for any product.

The best way to go about finding your coat’s worth is to get in touch with a professional specializing in fur coat appraisal in Dallas and/or San Antonio. They will be able to look at your coat and, based on their observations and expertise, determine the most reasonable price. Be sure to locate and bring any certificates attached to the coat as well; this will help the appraisal be as accurate as possible!

Selling Your Coat

There are two main ways to sell a real fur coat: using a consignment service or posting it online. Both methods come with their own pros and cons.

  • A consignment service takes care of all the sales-related hassle for you, which is great if you don’t have enough time on your hands to communicate with potential buyers yourself. All you have to do is give them the coat and they will take care of the rest. They’ll give you a call once the coat is sold so you can pick up the payment. Keep in mind that a consignment service will generally want to keep a percentage of the payout, so you won’t see all of the profit earned from selling the coat.

  • Selling online gives you full control of the sales process, so you will receive every cent of the final sales profit. However, listing a coat for sale is a bit more time consuming. You must take photos of the coat from all angles, write an appealing sales pitch as well as all important facts about the coat, and also be available to answer any customer questions. This option may not be as viable if you have an already demanding personal schedule.

No matter what method you choose in the end, we hope this quick guide helps make the process a little easier. Remember: your fur coat is an investment; you want to ensure you’re compensated for that investment as fairly and thoroughly as possible! Contact our team at Morris Kaye & Sons to learn more about buying and selling fur apparel.

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Why Fur Fashion Makes the Best Holiday Gift

Morris Kaye Furs in DallasIt’s a well known fact that fur has a lackluster reputation within the fashion world. An unfortunate amount of people refuse to indulge in it, citing ethics and/or animal cruelty as their main concerns for boycotting such amazing pieces of apparel. However, if you’re on this blog, there’s a good chance you either don’t believe the hype or—at the very least—are the slightest bit curious about real fur accessories for one reason or another. No matter your reasoning, you should know you’ve found one of the best possible sources of information on fur fashion! Fur accessories are an amazing gift option for a loved one, whether they love fur fashion or just fashion in general. Here are a few reasons why!

It’s the Perfect Winter Gift

Winter can be one of the most unpleasant seasons of the year. A durable, warm winter coat can make the season easier to tolerate—and the warmest types of coats you’ll be able to find in today’s market will typically be made from fur. Since the beginning of civilization, people have relied on fur apparel to protect themselves from the cold. In fact, that’s how today’s vintage fur coats originally came into being. By gifting your loved one a fur coat, you guarantee them the ability to protect themselves from the cold, while looking stylish in the process!

It’s A “Green” Gift

If you and/or your loved one are the environmentally conscious sort, you may hesitate to give gifts because of the potential waste of resources. You don’t have to worry about this very valid concern when you choose to give real fur accessories. Fur apparel is pulled only from animal species with plentiful populations. This means the amount of minks, rabbits and various other animals will not be jeopardized by the fur industry; they are constantly replenishing their population both naturally and with the help of fur farms. Fur fashion provides you with an easy gift choice as well as peace of mind.

You’ll Be Giving Small Businesses a Hand

As popular as fur fashion was and is, the amount of people involved in its creation is much smaller than you may think. Each piece of fur apparel is typically made in a painstaking process undertaken by several small groups of individuals: caretakers who raise animals for their pelts, harvesters who collect the pelts, organizations who select only the highest quality pelts and auction them to furriers and, of course, those who craft the fur apparel itself.

None of these workers would thrive without the support of fur enthusiasts like you and/or your loved one. Thanks to your investment, you’re able to fuel an important livelihood and millenia-old industry.

If you’re on the lookout for an excellent fur gift for someone you love, our team at Morris Kaye Furs in Dallas and San Antonio would be happy to help you! Get in touch with us today to sample our inventory and learn more about our one of a kind service.

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The Top Three Ways to Wear Fur Fashion

Morris Kaye how to wear a fur coat casuallyIf you’re a fur fashion enthusiast, you’re likely to receive a fantastic amount of new fur accessories for the holidays. This means you have one important job on your hands: figuring out how you’ll wear them all! While it may seem like an easy enough task, there’s a lot of thought worth putting into how to wear a fur coat casually. The good news is we’re here to help you! In this blog, we’ll go over some of the basics not only on how to wear a fur coat, but to look stylish in it!

The ‘Shabby Casual’ Look

One of the biggest trends to emerge in 2018 is looking good without putting too much time or effort into it. You may have heard others refer to this style as “shabby chic.” Well, the good news is you can pull off this look even with an expensive real fur coat!

To pull off this look, start with a plain t-shirt. You can go form-fitting or baggy, but baggier t-shirts will help you to look more fashionably “unkempt!” Layer your t-shirt over a pair of jeans or pants of any other material you like. Skinny pants are preferable, as they go well with any kind of shoe. For footwear, choose a pair of lace-up boots or sneakers. Heels boots are great for adding a feminine touch. Finally, finish the look off with your fur coat. Choose a longer coat that fits more loosely on your body for the best look.

Cute and Flirty

Just because you enjoy fur fashion doesn’t mean you have to look like an old lady (not that there’s anything wrong with that style!) A real fur coat can blend well with any style. For instance, if you’re young (or young at heart!), consider wearing a short fur coat over a simple sweater. Pair the sweater with a cute miniskirt. Any color, pattern, or fabric works! Finally, top off the look with a pair of tights (solid or patterned) and your favorite pair of boots. Ankle or mid-calf boots are preferable; you don’t want your shoes swallowing up your tights.

Minimalistic in Monochrome

There’s a bit of an impression that sticking predominantly to one color in an outfit is tacky. Some people would say it’s too “matchy-matchy.” However, it’s never what you do, but how you do it. You can easily and stylishly pull off a monochromatic outfit by following these tips!

Choose a top or sweater in a subtle accent color of your choosing. You could go off-white, light brown, grey, black, or even with a pastel color. Next, choose a pair of pants or a skirt that matches the color of your fur coat. Finally, pick a pair of shoes—heels or boots work best!—in the same accent color as your top. You’re guaranteed to look stunning while also not too samey.

For more tips on pulling off fur styling in Dallas and San Antonio, pay a visit to our team at Morris Kaye & Sons. Get in touch to learn more about how to look good in fur fashion and sample some of our top-notch inventory!

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Can Fur Apparel Be Insured?

Morris Kaye vintage fur coatsAs we always say here at Morris Kaye & Sons, your fur coat is an investment! You should strive to treat it as such from the moment of purchase. Wear your fur proudly, pour a solid amount of time and funding into its care and keep it safe so you (and others after you) can continue to wear and admire it for many years to come. Following these tasks will take the proper know-how on what to look for in a fur coat, as well as how to clean and store it. However, there’s another option for protecting your fur that many do not consider: insurance. Fur, much like any other expensive or even priceless item you own, can be insured with the help of the right company and process. Keep reading to learn how to obtain the best possible protection for your vintage fur coats!

All About the Expenses

One of the most important factors when choosing an insurance policy for your real fur accessories is finding a plan that fits into your budget. Consider the cost of your fur apparel as you seek out the best plan. The overall value of your apparel (however much you may be seeking to insure) directly influences how much you can expect to pay each month for your insurance plan. If you have $5,000 worth of fur apparel to insure, you will generally have to pay less than someone with $10,000 worth of fur apparel.

You should also consider any natural risks that come with living in your area. For instance, is your state or city especially prone to earthquakes, flooding or other natural disasters? If so, the occurrence of these events could easily place your real fur accessories at risk—which guarantees a higher monthly premium rate.

How Coverage Works

You can create an insurance policy for designer or vintage clothing; vintage fur coats naturally qualifies under the latter category, if not both. Should your apparel wind up damaged by a natural disaster, your insurance policy will ensure your ability to get those damages repaired and corrected. Most policies will cover getting your fur coat cleaned in the event of a disaster, as well as any other repair costs; all of these services will also be taken care of only by seasoned professionals.

If you cannot repair a damaged coat, you can file a claim to instead have the coat replaced by another coat of similar value. You can even make plans with your insurance company to figure out what to do in the event of disasters or other emergencies, so you know how your fur apparel will be taken care of well in advance.

The Morris Kaye & Sons team is here to help you care for your coat as extensively as possible. We provide full-fledged, professional storage and cleaning services year ‘round to ensure your coat remains in good condition and well-protected. Contact us to learn more about our services and how we can help you care for your real fur accessories.

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What to Consider as You Shop for New Fur Apparel

Morris Kaye your fur coat is an investmentSince the beginning of modern society, the holidays have always been the perfect time to go shopping—not just for those you know and love, but also for yourself! You’ve spent the year doing everything you can to earn your place on the “nice list.” Now is the time to treat yourself to one of the fur accessories in Dallas and San Antonio that you’ve always wanted. Of course, shopping for these accessories presents a certain dilemma. How do you find the perfect piece of fur? What are the best traits to watch out for, and how can you tell the real thing from the copious amounts of faux fur out there? At Morris Kaye, we’ve made a motto out of the most important principle for buying fur: your fur coat is an investment. Keep reading to learn how to make the most out of that investment so you can always purchase the highest quality fur.

Consider How Well It Fits You

As with any other piece of clothing in your wardrobe, it’s important to ensure your new fur apparel fits you just right. This will make it easier to wear whenever you want, as well as more flattering on you. Try on each fur accessory that catches your eye before you make a purchase. If it doesn’t fit well, you may want to reconsider buying it. Alternatively, take your shoulder, bust, waist, and hip measurements before you start shopping around. If you find a fur coat that you love, but it doesn’t fit as well as you want, you can find a tailor to take the coat in for you so it can fit properly.

What Does the Coat Look Like?

The appearance of the coat is likely one of your top concerns as you shop around—and for good reason. Just like the fit of your coat, the way it looks has a significant impact on its wearability. As you try on different fur accessories in Dallas and San Antonio, be sure to look in the mirror. Check out how the coat works with your shape and whether you like the length of it. Most people prefer coats that stop at least at their fingertips, but longer or shorter coats are available.

What About the Rest of Your Wardrobe?

Whenever you buy a new piece of clothing, you should ensure it will blend in well with the other contents of your closets and dresser drawers. Whether you favor vibrant patterns and colors, or something a bit more low-key, try to find a coat (or other accessory of your choosing) that will match. Neutral colors (browns, greys, blacks and whites) are always a safe choice, since they can coordinate well with just about any outfit or style.

If you’re on the lookout for the perfect fur coat, look no further than Morris Kaye Furs in Dallas and San Antonio for help. We have a full inventory of excellent fur apparel for you to choose from, and our staff is 100 percent committed to your satisfaction. To learn more about our services and inventory, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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A Short Guide to Buying Excellent Fur Apparel

Morris Kaye vintage fur coatsNow that the holidays are close at hand, you’re likely in the market for real fur accessories for someone you love or maybe even as a treat for yourself. However, buying a gorgeous and high quality piece of fur apparel can often be easier said than done, especially if you’re new to buying and wearing fur! How do you know where to look? How can you tell what’s a good quality piece of clothing and what’s better left on the rack? No matter who the fur clothing is for, you want to invest in the best quality product possible. Here are a few tips to get you started on how to spot the best real fur accessories on today’s market.

Where Does Your Fur Come From?

Where your fur was made plays a huge part in determining whether it’s of good quality or not. The fur industry is built in such a way that the majority of good furriers obtain the pelts for their apparel from one of five certified auction houses. These auction houses check over their pelts for quality before selling them to manufacturers. The top-tier auction houses in the fur industry are SOJUZPUSHNINA (St. Petersburg), NAFA (Canada), ALC (United States), Kopenhagen Fur (Europe) and SAGA (Finland).

If you’re really invested in obtaining the best quality furs, the best step to take is to…

Check the Labels

Almost all vintage fur coats you’ll find on today’s markets come with several tags attached, which will tell you a lot about their quality. There are three main tags to keep an eye out for:

  • Where the coat was made is a major factor in determining whether it’s well-produced. The best fur coats tend to come from Italy, the United States, Denmark, Greece and Canada.

  • Where the pelts come from ultimately determines the quality of the fur itself. The fur industry has set up a certification system to ensure the production of fur apparel with the best grade of pelts. Again, look for certification labels marked with SOJUZPUSHNINA, NAFA, ALC, Kopenhagen Fur or SAGA.

  • The coat’s brand is the last thing to check for; however, you can easily find high-quality furs with no brand attached at all. You may want to conduct a bit of research on the best furrier brands on today’s market.

If you can’t locate the coat’s labels or have any questions about its quality, don’t hesitate to reach out to a store’s staff member to ask for more information.

For access to only the highest quality fur apparel in the state of Texas, look no further than Morris Kaye Furs in San Antonio and Dallas! Our staff is well-versed in everything related to the fur industry, and are willing and able to help you track down the best piece of fur apparel for yourself or a loved one. Contact us to learn more about our services and sample our amazing inventory!

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Why Wearing Fur Is Worth It!

Morris Kaye real fur accessoriesWhen it comes to real fur accessories, you may more easily find more articles about why you shouldn’t wear them than why (and how) you should. It’s pretty unfortunate! Fur fashion has gained a terrible reputation from the 1990s onward, thanks largely to PETA and other animal rights groups. As a result, much of the fur fashion articles you’ll typically find in mainstream publications feature faux fur—a cheap imitation of the real thing. Real fur accessories are always the ideal option, for several reasons. Whether you’re skeptical over whether wearing real fur is the right choice, or just need extra ammo to reaffirm your decision to stick to real fur, here are some great reasons to add authentic fur fashion to your wardrobe!

Real Fur Is Healthier for You

This first point may seem a bit confusing. What on Earth does wearing real mink fur coats have to do with good health? Well, the answer lies hidden in plain sight: it’s all in the name! The “faux” in faux fur outright states that it was made through artificial means. It’s the complete opposite of real fur. Synthetic objects are notoriously composed of dubious materials, some of which can be directly harmful to human health. In fact, researchers have discovered that some of the chemicals used to create faux fur can lead to such illnesses and conditions as cancer and reduced fertility.

Real Fur Is Higher Quality

There’s a certain amount of effort and care that goes into creating mink fur coats—more than can be said for faux fur, in fact! The majority of fur coats on the market are created through a painstaking process. First, the fur must be harvested from a fur farm, where minks (or similar animals) are raised to provide the best quality fur. Animals at these farms typically receive the best possible care. Fur pelts are then obtained in a human manner, while the best of the best are specially hand picked by one of five certified auction organizations and sold to furrier companies. Compare this to the often mass-produced fur coat, which is often made from cheap, easily obtainable materials and slapped together by factory assembly lines.

Real Fur Leaves Smaller Footprints

As suggested by the name, faux fur is made of materials that will never decay—which spells trouble if your fur coat ever needs to be disposed of. Real fur accessories, however, are biodegradable. This means they will decay into more natural remains and will not harm the environment in the process. Faux fur, on the other hand, will leave behind various chemicals and other synthetic remains, which will do nothing but seep into the Earth and cause environmental damage.

We hope this blog has convinced you to only consider the real thing as you explore fur styling in Dallas and San Antonio. There are many other reasons to stick to wearing real fur accessories—including that they look great!—but the reasons listed above are a few of the most substantial. To learn more about fur fashion and take a glimpse at our expansive inventory of real fur apparel, contact Morris Kaye & Sons today.

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Our Top Three Gift Choices for Fur Enthusiasts

Morris Kaye real fur accessoriesDecember has finally arrived, which means the holidays are close at hand and it’s time to start thinking about gifts to bestow upon your loved ones! Of course, it’s easier to buy gifts for some relatives and loved ones than others. For a young niece or nephew, all you have to do is drop a bit of cash on the latest toy or video game. For adults, however, this can get a bit trickier. What, for instance, are you supposed to buy for that flamboyant aunt or fashion-conscious bestie who’s gaga over fur fashion? How do you buy real fur accessories for someone who already has a closet full of warm and fluffy mink coats?

Whether you’re new to buying fur or are a fur enthusiast yourself, these gift suggestions are sure to delight any lucky recipient!

Plush Fur Jackets

Jackets are an appealing alternative to a mink fur coat; they’re both practical and easy to find in a variety of styles. If your giftee already has quite the collection of real fur accessories, try to look for a fur jacket with a unique design. Look for jackets in vibrant colors or unusual patterns. Stripes and ombre are popular and trendy choices to pick up for your loved one. Alternatively, keep an eye out for coats in different styles. You can easily find sports coats made of wool (or similar furs), which your loved one can wear on cool and casual days out.

Fur Scarves

Fur scarves are another less conventional, but stylish, choice for a fur gift. You can find fur scarves in an assortment of colors, fur types and lengths. Wool is perhaps the easiest to locate and, if you’re on a budget, is also the cheapest option to consider. If you want a more ornate gift, or have a bit more money to spare, scarves made from mink or fox pelts are extremely popular. You can find these options (particularly fox scarves) with or without the head and legs attached. Whole fox pelt scarves will appeal best to giftees who like a more glamorous, vintage aesthetic.

Fur Slippers

If you’re on the lookout for something truly original, look no further than a cozy pair of fur slippers. We don’t mean bunny slippers, but high-heeled mules with fur coating the strap. This particular type of shoe is incredibly versatile. Your giftee can easily incorporate a cute pair of fur slippers into their daily outfit, or make them part of their evening wear. If the slippers are for a special someone, you could even get bold and pair the slippers with a fur-trimmed robe and other negligee!

No matter what kind of gift you’re hoping to give your beloved fur enthusiast, know you can always turn to Morris Kaye Furs in Dallas and San Antonio to find the perfect item. Our staff is 100 percent dedicated to providing all of our customers with only the most high quality fur apparel. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you find the perfect holiday gifts for those you love!

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How Fur Keeps You Warm

mink fur coatReal fur accessories originally emerged as a fashion staple for one reason only: because they keep us warm! The earliest civilizations crafted fur clothing to protect them against the bitter temperatures during the coldest parts of the year, and this trend continued as humanity evolved and reshaped the way we live and interact with each other. Parts of the Americas developed as a result of the fur trade, especially as demand increased over in Europe. With the steady persistence fur fashion has maintained over the centuries, it’s no wonder why it is still so popular today! However while we know very well how warm real fur accessories are, there seems to be less investigation into just how fur is so cozy. We’ve done a bit of research, and we want to use this blog to give you a bit of a closer glimpse into why fur is the warmest piece of apparel there is.

It’s All About Insulation

Take a moment to think about your furless winter gear. How warm is it in comparison to a mink fur coat? We’re willing to bet that mink is the warmer option! Most people have to completely bundle up to feel anything close to the warmth a fur coat offers. Not only is a sweater, coat, scarf, hat, earmuffs and gloves harder to move in, but they can be cumbersome to put on and take off. Fur fashion offers far more warmth while still being comfortable and even stylish.

The reason for this is insulation, which describes the process of an object absorbing heat and harboring heat. It works as such:

  • Fur protects you from the cold by forming what’s called a “boundary layer.” This happens as cold air hits the surface of your coat and the molecules cause friction. Because a mink fur coat is naturally thicker than standard winter coats, its “boundary layer” is exponentially bigger. In addition, the fur your fur coat is made of diverts the air; this effect improves the coat’s insulation potential.

  • Fur holds body heat in much better than other types of winter coats. This is what fur is innately designed to do. As your body creates heat, it is prone to letting that heat loose, which ends in your feeling colder faster. Real fur accessories dampen that natural process, so it’s easier for you to hold on to your body heat and feel warmer while you’re out in the cold.

There are all sorts of real fur accessories to help keep you warm during the winter. You can choose from fur-lined apparel to full fur apparel to smaller, real fur accessories. Regardless of what you choose, you can trust fur clothing to keep you snug and warm even during the harshest of winter days.

If you have yet to stock up on winter gear, Morris Kaye Furs in San Antonio and Dallas is here to help! We have a full inventory of fabulous, high quality furs for you to browse. Contact us to learn more about our services.

 

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A Brief History of Early Fur Styles

vintage fur coatsWe’re all familiar with the traditional images of vintage fur coats. You’ve likely seen countless versions of “typical” vintage fur fashion: expensive evening gowns and glittering jewelry, accented by an elegantly draped fur stole or coat. However, do you know of the other types of fur fashion that came before this era? Real fur accessories have been around since the beginning of humanity, which means there are millenia of innovative looks and trends. We’ll give you a rundown of some early forms of fur fashion.

Fur Muffs

You’ve likely seen fur muffs in old photos and fictional depictions of the early 20th century. If the term is unfamiliar to you, a fur muff is a round, tubular wrap. There are holes on both ends for the wearer to tuck their hands into. The muff first emerged in the 17th century, but enjoyed a resurgence the early 1900s. By this point, fur muffs were not only for keeping your hands warm, but also featured pockets where muff wearers could use to store small items and money.

The Rise of Fur Stoles

Fur stoles were another fur accessory to gain traction during the early 1900s. You’ll recognize fur stoles as shawl-like garments, meant to be wrapped around the shoulders and either tying off in a knot or clasped shut with a delicate brooch. By the late 1930s, the fur stole had been revamped into a lighter weight garment which was easier to wear and came in a larger variety of style options, from short to long to being made from different types of fur. In a similar vein, fur scarves also gained popularity around the same time, often in the form of pelt-like accessories with the tail, legs and head still attached.

Loose Raccoon Fur Coats

Before mink hit the scene in terms of popularity, one of the most popular types of real fur accessories was the raccoon fur coat. This piece of fur apparel enjoyed unisex popularity, and peaked during the ‘20s and ‘30s. Men wore them over their nicest suits, while women draped them over their finest dresses. Around this same point in time, the automobile was the newest travel innovation. Those who wanted to drive their cars around at every leisurely opportunity, a raccoon fur coat was the ideal accessory for a casual drive through the city or countryside. This was due largely to the design of early automobiles, which had no roofs, so drivers and passengers were vulnerable to the cold during the winter months. Due to their popularity, raccoon coats were pricey; more affordable options came in the form of wool and lynx fur.

We hope this article has educated you on the extravagant history of fur fashion (or even given you a bit of inspiration for fur styling in Dallas!) For more information on fur fashion, and the chance to sample our vast inventory, contact Morris Kaye and Sons in Dallas or our San Antonio location.

 

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