Saturday, November 9, 2013

Fur is back!

Today, more and more people are sporting fur. Although the number one reason given for wearing and buying fur has always been the un-paralled warmth it provides, you cannot deny that is simply chic to wear it these days.

Sales of fur are on the rise. From 2007-2010, the fur industry saw a rise of 70% in sales. Today, people love fur for the heat and the opulence and luxury it provides. In the early 80s, fur was decried by animal activists and shunned from the runways. However, this mentality has declined as people have realized that fur, like meat from the same animals, is a renewable resource. Additionally, fake fur is actually toxic and terrible for the environment. The resources needed to produce petroleum-based fake fur are a strain on the ecosystem. Not only does faux fur not provide the warmth of real, but it also creates more problems and is made from non-renewable resources.

Beautiful, real fur is traditionally in season October to March, but today, designers have extended the season by incorporating fur into more items. No longer just for jackets, fur can now be found on mittens, hats, ear muffs, shoes, and vests. By incorporating it into pieces besides jackets, designers are making it easier to wear fur year round and in all climates. Additionally, by showing more fur on the runways, designers are ensuring that we’ll see more fur in stories, since fashion trends start on the runway and them move down all the way to chains and discount stores. There is also a great fur option for people who do not want to make the investment that real fur requires. Although not cheap, vintage fur is a great alternative to new. It has been surging in sales over the last years and many designers are utilizing vintage designs to capitalize on the popularity of vintage. It makes a great jacket since fur doesn’t lose its heat-retaining properties. The variety of options for fur today are astounding. In addition to jackets or accessories, vintage or new, and cut or style, fur buyers today still have a variety of options when it comes to length. Floor-length fur jackets are still being seen at formal events such as weddings, funerals and holidays, but you also now see short fur jackets vests and fur-trimmed accessories everywhere. Whether short, long, new or old, fur is a popular, elegant and practical choice for jackets and accessories. Fur is definitely back, and from the looks of it, it’s will be for a while.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Buying Your First Fur Coat

Choosing a fur coat can be a daunting experience.  Not only do the type of fur and style of coat need to be considered, but it is also important to contemplate aspects such as where the coat originated and what color is natural for what animal. When shopping for a fur, the first thing to consider is budget.  A fur coat is a luxury but also an investment.  Once you determine how much how much you can spend, you will want to buy the highest quality felt in that price range. Minks are considered some of the best fur you can buy. However, if you cannot afford a quality Mink, rather than buying a cheap one, it may be better to buy something like a Beaver, which is also worthy but much less expensive. You should also determine if you would like a traditional coat or if you would prefer something that is trendy.  Sable, Chinchilla, Rabbit and Fox are all considered trendy and come in non-traditional lengths and styles, whereas Mink is considered more classic, but also very fashionable.  If you are buying the jacket to use outdoors, you will want to buy a fur known for its warmth and resistance to the elements – such as a fox or coyote. Once you have determined your budget and style, it is imperative to research fur dealers before buying.  Shop around and go outside of the department stores, which are often run by the same broker – this guarantees a limited selection for styles and prices regardless of how many department stores you visit.  Check smaller boutiques and reputable fur dealers.  (It is important to know that some dealers skin the animals while they are still alive, a practice that is horrid and something you do not want to encourage.) While buying the fur, there are many aspects to check.  The highest quality jackets are from Denmark, USA, and Finland, and this should be listed on the tag.  Norway, China, Canada, Russia and Sweden also make quality coats.  It is also good to know where the best fur originates for a certain animal – for example, the best Beaver furs are usually from Canada. Another thing to look for when purchasing is an open bottom hem.  These are left open to signify quality.  Additionally, you will want to check the stitching and look to see any hair was caught under the thread.  Finally, if you are buying a dyed fur, the inside should still be the animal’s natural color. It is important to note that while the best furs are not dyed, dying the jacket does not decrease the quality of the hair.  It does however, change the texture.  Dyed rabbit furs are very popular and can be found in countless hues, and the jacket is still considered high-quality. Choosing whether you want dyed fur is a central decision, but even if you choose to go with a natural fur, you will still need to consider many colors.  Most natural-style jackets come in a variety of shades.  Mink can be found in black, white, brown and gray, and a color called “ranch mink” which is a brown tone. Another item to consider is how you will be using your new jacket.  Longer furs are extremely formal and not suitable for everyday use.  Shorter furs are optimal for outdoor activities, and mid-length jackets can be trendy or traditional depending on the cut and style. The most important thing to remember when buying a fur is to be informed.  Researching the store, knowing the fur’s natural color, its ideal use, and best country of origin as well as knowing as much as possible before making the purchase is the best way to ensure that you will treasure and appreciate your new jacket for years to come. Source

 "How to Choose a Quality Fur Coat." WikiHow. n.p., n.d. Web. 25 July 2013.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Furs or Faux

For centuries fur has been a luxury. At one point glamour has been defined by fur, more specific Mink. Furs   have been worn by aristocrats, movie stars royalty and has even been drawn into cartoons.

Designers have put them in their designs and they have since rocked the runway.

However since the late 60’s there has been controversy over the cruelty  of animals ,and such has been a personal and moral choice .Faux fur is a synthetic material a more practical means for fur lovers who cannot afford the opulence of the price of the real thing.

Is faux fur a poor substitute for a more elegant look of real fur? It really is a individual belief.

There are many of  a mind that believe real fur is a better choice. The care can be a little pricey but there are no substitutes for the real thing. A few things you should know before making your choice.

When looking for a fur do not settle for the first option always do your homework and consult multiple furriers before settling on one. With proper care a fur can be a long lasting investment. Traditional always seems the best way to go. Trendy and bold colors and fur types are just that trendy.  What is   in one day will be gone the next.

Fox and Mink have a very vintage feel to it. Think of our iconic   movie stars  that have graced magazines with their furs.

The care of a fur shouldn’t be taken lightly ,come  spring your coat should be put into storage .A reputable furrier should know that plastic bags are a no no ,and avoid storing the fur amid bright lights. Most high end  department  stores have what are called fur vaults and they take care of your investment with any questions you have.

To insure your fur coat you can check with your local insurance agent to find out if your able to insure it under a homeowners policy.You should also check with a local furrier for a written appraisal, after you can give the paperwork to your insurance carrier,it can either be covered through home or a separate rider.

If you find yourself with a inherited fur coat there are so many options to make it yours.Again do your homework and bring it to a furrier who you feel meets all your needs with making it your own with your style and flair.

Even with all the overload of information it is a important but fun decision to make.