Posts Tagged ‘furs’

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.

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.

Susie
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

In DC

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

Susie

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!

Susie

Fur Tip #3 Armhole Rips

October 8, 2010

One of the most common repairs I see in fur coats are rips under the arms. These rips can easily be avoided if you lift the garment before sitting. Do not smooth it under you!

DO NOT SMOOTH YOUR FUR UNDERNEATH YOU AS YOU SIT!

To test this theory put on your coat, have someone pull it down as if you are sitting on it. Now lift your arms. Okay you know how that feels, this is the same as if you smooth the coat underneath you as you sit. Now slightly bunch the coat up on your back and sit.

BUNCH UP YOUR FUR BEFORE YOU SIT!

Can you feel the difference? Viola no more rips in the armhole.
If you do get a rip in the armhole (or anywhere else) take your fur to a fur care professional for repair. Do not wait it will only get larger and become a costly repair.

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!

A Customer Writes

July 3, 2010

I am on vacation until August 1st. I couldn’t stay away from my emails and this is what I found today………Hello,

My name is Regina and you sold my mother’s fur coat for me several months ago. I wrote about my experience for the San Francisco Chronicle and the article is STILL getting lots of attention and feedback.

I wasn’t able to mention you directly since my editors wanted to keep the story local, but I’ve sent dozens of people your website when they contact me or the paper for help. Here’s the article:
Thanks for your help!

Regina

Just a quick comment- used furs like new furs sell best when people start planning for fall and winter. For that reason fur consignment time begins the end of August each year with sales peaking when the weather gets cold.

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.

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.

Fur Coat Care Tip for Sloppy Weather

January 15, 2010

The snow and ice are beginning to melt in the Chicago area leaving puddles and slush on the sidewalks and roadways.  If your fur drags through this mess, which seems impossible to avoid especially for those of us that take the train (the steps are like a swamp), be sure to blot off the fur removing as much of the moisture as possible.  Do NOT put your fur near heat– let it dry naturally.  If the back side (leather) is wet take it to your furrier before it dries. This is very important so that the leather doesn’t shrink.

If you notice any salt on the coat, brush it off.  Salt can damage the coat- it burns the leather side. To keep your fur in the best condition, it is extremely important to have your furs cleaned after a true Chicago winter.

New Hinsdale IL Resale Shop to Open for Formal Wear, Wedding Attire, Accessories, Shoes, etc.

October 31, 2009

We are getting ready to open Formally Hers on Saturday, November 14th.   There is a planned preview party (if you’d like an invite to the preview party send me an email) scheduled for November 12th. It is tricky running a business and trying to get another opened at the same time. Thank goodness I have wonderful staff at Hinsdale Furriers and a carpenter husband. This weekend we paint and next week the fixtures start getting put together. It is exciting to be starting something new.

Wedding and Fashion Attire on Consignment at Reduced Prices

It is so unbelievable the amount of worn lovingly once evening wear that has come into the store. We already have over 300 garments just from one advertisement and a letter in our Hinsdale Furriers newsletter. It is fun to hear the stories of the outfits: where they were worn, what the occasion was or why they were not worn. It is also fun to see my employees drool over some of the items. The most fun was the day some one brought in Jimmy Choo Shoes and my employees played Cinderella. To their dismay not one of them was Cinderella.