Archive for December, 2010

Fur Appraisals – What type do I need?

December 31, 2010

I was procrastinating once again about what to put into my blog and an email gave me the inspiration I needed. Our correspondence went like this:

Dear Furrier:

I found you on the web and was wondering if you could appraise my fur?

Thank you Lala

Lala We need to see a fur to appraise it. If you let me know the big towns you are near I can research furriers in your area who could possibly do this for you.

Hinsdale Furriers

Hi Susie,

I live in Frederick, Maryland. The closest large cities would be Baltimore, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. I am planning to make an appointment with Hanna/Demetrios Furriers but would like to get more than one appraisal. Thanks you for any help you can provide. Lala
Hi Lala
There are 2 different types of appraisals so be sure you are very clear what you ask for Insurance appraisal What would the garment cost if I had to replace it with a new one?
Estate appraisal If I were to sell this garment what would I expect you to pay for it? Estate appraisal are also used for charitable contributions and estate taxes.

In Baltimore: Fisher Furs 410-828-4141
Seleh’s Furs 410-547-6733
Tarliow Furs 410-539-1931


Andriana Furs 202-381-2500

Nieman Marcus also has a fur Department

I spoke to Fisher Furs to be sure at least 1 of the people I am giving you are still in business- I pulled them out of 2007 fur trade directory.

Susie Duboe Bryant
Hinsdale Furriers

Thanks for all the information. The coat is mine free and clear so am only looking for an appraisal with the possibility of selling it. I can’t imagine ever wearing it as it would make me nervous the entire evening wondering whether someone was going to throw paint on it or steal it. It is such a lovely coat but I was wrong when I said it was full length. Only 3/4’s length. Again, thank you, Lala Lala- You shouldn’t worry about wearing a beautiful fur coat. People do not have the right to damage your property and I truthfully have not heard of that happening in many years and then only near the television cameras. Coats do get stolen, that is the reason they should be listed on your homeowners policy.

If you decide you are definitely going to sell your coat. Consider putting it on consignment. We begin taking furs on consignment in September and stop at the end of December. We pay the consignor 50% of the selling price when the garment sells. The selling price is determined before the garment is accepted for consignment. All of our gently used furs are shown on our website. It is updated real time- if it is sold it disappears from the web site. You may look at the web site to find a similar coat to get ideas of our pricing. We have been taking consignment for about 9 years. I am happy to say we have a great success and both the customers and consignors seem delighted. Our business is by the most part referral friends telling friends.
Lala – if you have any further questions , do not hesitate to call or email

Have a wonderful New Year


A conversation on the web……it just amazes me! To all who read this blog. I am sending my best wishes for a wonderful 2011!



Wishing All A Warm Holiday Season

December 18, 2010

I came across this photo and article on CBS news. It is asking our opinion of the appropriateness the family photo on the Truedeau Family Holiday card. Needless to say I love the photo and the warmth of family love it shares. Here is the link to the article along with wishes for a warm furfilled holiday to all.

Fur: Is it acceptable to wear? – Point of View.


December 16, 2010

I am seeing vests in every fashion magazine this fall. They are long, short, fitted, straight, and full. They are made from wool, vinyl, silk, fur, faux fur, and leather. Not only are they being shown in the magazines and on the runways but I see them on my customers too. I did a little research to learn about the beginning of the vest as a fahion item and this is what I learned…

Vests, or waistcoats, were orginally introduced in 1666 by England’s King Charles II primarily as a political movement to undermine the extravagant French fashion influence in England. The vest featured straight, simple lines…and, oddly enough, sleeves!

By the 18th century, the idea of simplicity was retired and vests became a brilliant display of luxury fabrics and buttons (so much for King Charles II’s political statement). This is also when the vest lost the sleeves.

Throughout the centuries, vests have gone through many transformations and as with many fashions, have gone through extremes in popularity. Today there seems to be a surgence of popularity in vests for men and women. From sweater vests to 3-piece suits to fashion pieces to fur vests for warmth, vests are in-style!

Is it Okay to Wear My Fur in the Snow?

December 4, 2010

The 1st snow fall of the season has hit the Chicago area and we have already received two calls asking if their coats will be okay in the snow. I always try to be nice as I remind the customer that the fur is from an animal and animals get wet. If you do get your coat wet in the snow. Shake it off, hang it in the open to dry. Do NOT put it near heat! If your coat is extremely long and drags in the snow, blot off the excess moisture. It is ok for the fur to get wet but not the leather side of the pelt. If the leather side is wet and blotting doesn’t do the trick get your garment to a reputable furrier while it is still damp. When soaked the leather will shrink as it dries to avoid this your furrier will stretch the garment and nail it to hold the proper shape.

I do not reccomend wearing shearling out in the rain or snow. Since the leather side is the side that is in the elements it could be come stained by the water.