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Fur Redesign – Does it seem like you’ve had your fur coat fur-ever?

July 23, 2012

Do you have a fur coat in your closet that you never wear anymore? Well, you are not alone. According to National Fur Federation, 1 out 5 of women in North America has a fur coat in their possession. With little over 300 million people living in the US and Canada, that makes a lot of fur coats!

From changes in fashions, to tensions from animal activists, many women stop wearing their fur coats. But what is surprising is that most women would rather leave their fur coat in the closet than exchange or sell their coat. There are several reasons for this behavior:

  • They invested a lot of money in purchasing a fur coat and do not want to lose their investment.
  • The coat has a sentimental attachment. Many people inherited their fur coats from the mother or even their grandmothers and want to keep it for sentimental reasons.
  • The coat does not fit anymore. Like most people in today’s society, our body changes with time. Because fur coats are usually tailored fit, it may change how you feel about it when wearing it.
  • The style of the coat is no longer trendy. Your fur coat might have been the latest style when you bought it several years ago, but now it looks outdated with all of the sizzle gone.
  • Too hot, too heavy and not convenient. In most cases, fur coats made 30 years ago were very heavy. Of course they were also extremely hot, bulky and a pain to get in and out of the car.

No one can argue that fur is durable and long lasting, as long as it is properly cleaned and stored by a professional furrier. It is these same characteristics that sometimes make it possible to keep them hanging around for long durations. In proper conditions, a fur coat can last 30 to 40 years. No other garment can last this long, nor would you want to have a piece of clothing last so long. Could you imagine wearing pants that was in style 40 years ago?

Thankfully there are a few things you can do to fish out that coat from your closet. Furriers have come up with many innovative tailoring techniques that can make your fur coat looking new, much more comfortable and in style. Fur redesign is an art in fur making. We can now take your old existing fur coat and redesign it into something modern.

Fur redesign is a feasible way to extend the life of your coat, it is also environmentally responsible. Think of it as recycling or re-using a piece of garment. Stop by and see our samples or talk to us about our other ideas and share ideas of your own.

It’s “bashart”

May 27, 2011

The word Bashart is the only way I can describe reading today’s Fur Insider Blog. Bashart is a Yiddish word meaning destined. I must give a little background information to this story. In our house, my husband takes our Bichon’s Charlie and Scally for their last walk before bed. However, if they need a midnight potty break it is mommy to the rescue. Last night, after their final walk, my husband says to me “I am leaving a 2×4 near the door in case you take the dogs out in the night.” I looked at him as if he was from outer space (he’s from England, but the Brits aren’t quite that crazy). He noticed my expression and explained there was a coyote in our yard when he took the dogs out. The coyote didn’t run; they actually had a stare down. I am happy to say both dogs slept through the night. Then this morning I noticed an entry on the Fur Insider Blog called “The-Coyote Question : “Now it’s no surprise that you’ll hear the usual commentary from the anti-fur folks when the issue of trapping coyote comes up. But, have you ever encountered a coyote? This is another case where the species has proliferated and now colonizes major cities across the US, preying on pets and livestock and even hurting small children in their search for food. Just last week a friend of mine in Encino, CA was heading out to meet a friend for dinner and when she opened her back door to let her dog in she found her dog being mauled by a coyote.”

On behalf of Charlie, Scally and myself we hope you will read the rest of the article.

Charlie and Scally taking a rest

Fur Fashion 2011/2012

May 11, 2011

I just returned from the International Fur Fair in Montreal.
The runway shows gave an overview of the Fur Fashion trends for Fall/Winter 2011/2012,. I would say there were 6 major trends from the international runways. These trends are as follows:
Color – vivid brights and saturated jewel tones.
Vintage – highlighting the 20’s and 30’s, and also the 60’s and 70’s.
Key Furs – crazy textures and full furs (like Mongolian Lamb).
Collaged Furs – combining different types of furs together within one garment.
Contrast Sleeves – using different fur types for the body and sleeves.
Fox Trims – full fox collars and borders.
But let’s be honest, what models wear on the runway doesn’t exactly translate well to what we wear every day.
My next blog will be about what I purchased for our store and what the manufacturers were truly selling.

Time is Flying By

August 22, 2010

Consignment Mink from the 70's

This week, we began taking furs on consignment for the season. I was telling a newer employee all the things I think about when pricing the coats  brought in for consignment. Price if  new, style, condition, quality and age being the major points. I showed her how to check for worn areas and explained the most common worn areas are the edges: cuffs, fronts, bottom and pockets then elbows and seat area.
I explained you can usually guess age from the condition of the pelt and the style but confirm this with the customer. I suggested to ask if it was purchased for a special occasion and learn the age from that. Some times timing is everything!!!! Just as I was explaining my reason for this I had a customer bring her mink coat to sell and the style told me 1990’s. I asked how old and she said under 10 years. I then asked if it was a gift for a special occasion and she said yes when my son was born. I asked what grade he was in. We all laughed when she said he was just heading back to college. I had to explain to the customer that  time flying by is a very common problem and I had just finished explaining that to my co-worker.
I do it also, just ask and I will tell you I am 35! LOL

New Beginnings

April 6, 2010

Spring is in the air and it is time for new beginnings! My garden is starting to bud and the daffodils are blooming. I haven’t had much time to write lately because of another new beginning….my husband and I decided to get a new puppy. She is a cute Bichon Frise – 11 weeks old – we named her Scallywag but we are calling her Scally. Our 10-year-old Bichon, Charley, is happy to have her after a little adjustment time. Spring is a good time to think about a new beginning for you furs. It is time to clean and store the coats and get any repairs done so they are ready for next fall. If you are tired of the current style it is the time to give your fur a new beginning. Turn your coat in to a nifty bomber jacket or your older jacket in to a stylish vest. There we have it- a quick bit on new beginnings so I could post a picture of Scally for all to see.

Recycle Your Old Fur Coat Into a New Fur Throw

December 13, 2009

Someone in Napa California is my new best friend and doesn’t even know it. I had three different people from that area call me about our used furs and making them into throws or pillows. They said there was something on the news about recycling old furs. First we sold a lynx jacket that we turned into five beautiful throw pillows. The next day I spoke to a few people who wanted throws made from older coats.

A mink throw made from a used mink coat

I sold one a lunaraine mink coat $650 and made it into the pictured throw for an additional $600. Just this morning, I sold a beautiful ranch mink coat which we are making into a throw. It is costing the customer a total of $1600.00. This is the cost for the coat and the labor to remake it into a gorgeous full pelt throw. If he were to buy a new full pelt mink throw it would cost about $6500.00.

There are so many things that can be done to refurbish used furs that you already own or you can find gently used furs for sale!

Some words of caution are in order. When buying a used fur be sure that the pelts are soft and subtle. It is important that the leather side is in good condition. If at all possible buy it from a furrier and ask if it is in good enough condition to be remodeled.

If you are buying the garment from a private party or a consignment shop make sure it can be returned after you have it checked out by your local furrier. I have had many people come in with a coat they bought on E-bay that began ripping as soon as they wore it. I hate having to tell them it isn’t repairable. I hate to sound like my father – but his old saying “a penny saved a pound foolish” can happen if you are not careful when buying used furs.

Video on Ideas to Remodel Old Furs Into New Fashion Furs

November 13, 2009

ABC13 in Texas has an online video showing some remodeling tips in making use old furs.  Check it out at their site. You’ll have to scroll down to Video Library>By Section and click on “Give your old fur a restyle”. This will give you some ideas of what you can do with an outdated piece until we get our own videos up on line. They also offer pointers on finding a reputable company to do the work for you.