Posts Tagged ‘fur’

Fur Season Fur Sure

November 7, 2012

According to the National Weather Forecast there is another potential impact along the East coast, snow! While the Midwest is chilly and damp.  Now, if this doesn’t scream “baby get your fur ready” we don’t know what does. With cold blasts we introduce the hottest fur trends for Fall 2012.

Fur remains one of the key fashion trends for 2012 according to major fashion editors and bloggers. With over 500 top designers utilizing fur in their collections, there are literally thousands of options to satisfy all fashion lovers. To help make your reader’s selection easier, here are some looks and trends, from fall/winter 2012-13 designer collections, currently available at their local fur salons.

 

At Hinsdale Furriers we are proud to be one of the few traditional furriers left in the Chicagoland area that offers on site cleaning, storage, repairs and redesign. Your one-stop source for fashion, trend and fur insight!

Fall Fashion 2012

September 12, 2012

Slowly creeping into storefronts near you…Fall/Autumn 2012 is upon us. With record temperatures all across the country this summer, one can’t help but believe that the pendulum might swing just as severely in the opposite direction this coming winter. Let Hinsdale Furriers help take the chill out.

Fur is getting its perennial spotlight this Fall – but not without a twist. Find yourself a fur aficionado this season with fur sleeve jackets, patchwork prints, and bold colors. This isn’t your grandmother’s fur.

We have fur in every shape, style, color and length and it will be the thing to wear this winter. Taking a cue from the fall 2012 runways the message is clear…

As purveyors of fashion, we believe that understanding the symbiotic relationship that fashion and art have helps fashion lovers appreciate the artistry behind the fashions they wear.  We also believe it will help fashionistas appreciate the genius that designers like Raf Simons bring to the table for iconic brands like Christian Dior.

At Hinsdale Furriers we are proud to be one of the few traditional furriers left in the Chicagoland area that offers on site cleaning, storage, repairs and redesign. I invite you to stop by and say hello. It’s all fashion, it’s all fabulous…it’s all at Hinsdale Furriers.

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 Care Tip #2

October 1, 2010

When you have your fur coat at home: Keep it in your coolest closet, on a form fit hanger, not crushed and out of direct sunlight. In simple terms if the closet has a window it is not the closet that your fur should be living in.

Fur Care Tip 1

September 26, 2010

As the weather gets cooler, we get many more questions about fur care. I thought I would try to blog more often by sharing the questions and answers with all of the my web friends. If you regularly read my blog you realize I am not the best at being consistent and regular-my fear is as we get busier I won’t take the time if I don’t make a plan now.
So, if you have any questions please email them to me at furs4u2@aol.com .

My first tip for the season: If carrying your fur…carry it fur out not lining out. We can get almost anything out of the fur the lining easily stains and is hard to clean.

Fur at a Garage Sale?

September 14, 2010

Annual Merchant Garage Sale

This past Saturday was Hinsdale’s Annual Merchants Garage Sale. We have participated every year since it began over 40 years ago. Once a year the village cleans out the municipal garage, where they store all the big trucks and allow the merchants to set up shop for the day. This year, we set up for both our Formal Wear and fur salon and were joined by the bicycle shop, women’s clothing shop, a hardware store, housewares, a jeweler, books and a few more merchants that I can not recall. All the 1st time shoppers are shocked to see a furrier set up in a garage but when they check out the prices they are glad that we are there. Since the beginning we have participated more as a promotional tool and made a few sales of furs from the prior year at our cost. Since we opened our consignment section , This Old Fur, we use the sale as the kick off the season.

A very happy customer

 

I hope you can see from the photos that a furrier in a garage sale is different but fun. I am writing this blog to remind other Entrepreneurs that some times a little change and a lot a fun = sales and happy customers. As soon as we returned to the store we set the date for 2 Fur Fantasy Events! These are dress up parties to benefit charities.  Please let me know about any creative marketing ideas you have tried during this tough economy.

If the sales on Saturday were any indication – fur is the choice for this winter season!

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

Furs Like Bananas Do Not Belong in Your Refrigerator

June 11, 2010

From my childhood my favorite commercial was for Chiquita Bananas. The banana would sing a little song that went…….
” I’m Chiquita banana and I’ve come to say
Bananas have to ripen in a certain way
When they are fleck’d with brown and have a golden hue Bananas taste the best and are best for you
You can put them in a salad
You can put them in a pie-aye
Any way you want to eat them
It’s impossible to beat them
But, bananas like the climate of the very, very tropical equator
So you should never put bananas in the refrigerator.”

I felt like singing this song today after a customer called to ask why she couldn’t just put her coat in the refrigerator for summer storage.

The storage vaults are kept at about 45 degrees and have very low humidity- refrigerators have much higher humidity.

The coats are hung with air circulating in the storage vault- I don’t know how this could be the case in a refrigerator.

I can give a 100% guarentee that watermelon juice (which actually happened to a customer’s coat when she tried to store it in her refrigerator) will not be spilled on your coat in a proper fur storage vault.

Fur Fashion 2010-2011

May 22, 2010

Melissa and I just got back from a whirl wind trip to the International Fur Fair in Montreal. It was great to see old friends and the new styles for the coming season. Here is quick run down of what to expect for 2010/2011 season: The stoles stole the show. That’s right, stoles have returned to the fur fashion scene in full force. The combination of chic shapes, fashionable fabrics and innovative fur techniques has created new styles that won’t remind you of your grandmother’s stole. You can expect to see luxurious mink stoles with cap sleeves, silky knit rex capes accented with rosettes, stretchy and comfy ¾-sleeve boleros with bows, and lavish cashmere flings with fox trim.

7/8 length coats are extremely popular this season. No matter which fur type or fabric, coats that hit just below the knee are everywhere. Look for styles that are fitted, belted, trench, swing and straight in a myriad of fur and shearling types and textures, along with trendy new fabrics.
Overall, the Fall/Winter 10-11 season will be a strong season for fur fashion with an emphasis on more relaxed styles for the everyday casual lifestyle.
I promise more pictures as inventory arrives.

Celebrities Lovin Furs

January 18, 2010

I noticed that a lot of  readers had been linking to my blog through Facebook and not from the Hinsdale Furriers Fan Page. I am not the most computer savvy person but with a few clicks of a few buttons I came upon a great page     “Celebrities Lovin Fur Winter 09-10”. I am so tired of hearing from PETA about all the people who don’t wear fur so this just made my day! I wear fur because I love it, it’s warm, durable, and can easily be recycled. So I say “hats on” to those smart celebrities that not only look good but are warm this winter .  I hope you check it out and enjoy the photos as much as I did!