fur coat will make you look gorgeous for decades, but only
if you take care of it right. Improper care can cause your
fur to dry, crack, tear and even change color over time.
Yes, experts agree that professional cold storage and cleaning
each summer really are necessary. Nothing shortens the longevity
of your fur and reduces its value and attractiveness like
keeping it in your closet during the long, hot summer. And
no, your dry cleaner, basement or cedar chest won?t do.
Furs must be cleaned and conditioned using a special process.
Plus, you get an added bonus when you service your fur.
An extremely durable fur, Badger is heavy warm and somewhat
rugged. The long silvery guard hair covers a dense under
fur which should be white or tan.
BEAVER- Most Beaver is American, but there is now increasedBeaver
production n the Soviet Union. Beaver can be plucked and
sheared, or left natural. Sheared Beaver is shorn to it's
amazingly deep soft pile. Natural Beaver's lustrous guard
hairs give it a completely different look and feel...rugged,
warm and durable.
CALF- An infinite variety will be found in the markings.
Natural colors include browns, whites, blacks, tans and
others. Many Calf coats are dyed.
CHINCHILLA- Now almost wholly ranch-raised, most Chinchilla
boasts lustrous slate blue top hair and dark underfur, and
more colors are becoming available. Fur is short, dense
and very silky to the touch.
COYOTE- Coyote is a natural choice for women and men who
desire warmth, softness and durability. Colors range from
pale gray to tan. The finest Coyote is layered with long
guard hairs over thick, soft underfur.
FISHER- Fisher is the smaller North American cousin to the
Russian Sable. The finest Fisher are chocolate brown in
color, and native to the Northwest U.S. Canada.
FITCH- Colors range from ecru with black markings to an
orange tone. In its natural state, Fitch has long guard
hairs over woolly underfur.
FOX- Quickly regaining the popularity it had earlier in
this century, Fox is available in a tremendous variety of
natural mutation colors: silver. blue, white, beige, red,
gray and brown. With the proper care, a fine fox cot can
be expected to wear 10 to 12 seasons. When selecting a Fox,
be sure the guard hairs are long and glossy and the soft
underfur is thick.
LAMB- This group of furs encompasses a wide variety of weights
and textures, from flat and wavy to thick and curly. Once
you've decided on the luxury of Lamb, you can choose from
dressy Karukal or Persian, Broadtail, sporty Mongolian,
soft, water repellent Mouton or dense, luxurious Shearling.
LYNX- The rarest Lynx is found in the Soviet Union. It is
highly prized and priced because of its exceptionally soft
fur, subtle markings and protected status by the Russian
government. Only a limited number of pelts are sold each
MARMOT- Whether you choose dyed or natural Marmot, you can
expect the fur to be warm, thick an fairly course. The best
Marmot has a bluish cast. Because it is often dyed, there
exists a wide range of possible colors.
MINK- America's favorite fur due to the high quality in
relationship to price. A fine Mink coat will be dense but
surprisingly lightweight. Guard hairs shine with an unmistakable
luster, and the underfur is lush and soft. No other fur
offers a larger selection of natural colors ranging from
whites and grays to rich browns and brownish blacks. Garments
made from female animals may be higher priced than those
made from male animals. The female pelt is narrower, smaller,
MOLE- Due to the large number of pelts that make up a Mole
garment, matching must be done carefully. Evenness in color
and hair height are signs of a high quality mole fur. Mole
skins are always dyed.
MUSKRAT- With the Northern and the Jersey, dense, well matched
skins are the ideal. The Southern variety should have a
pale color and there should be uniformity of the sparse
NUTRIA- Similar to BEAVER, Nutria can be sheared or natural.
When selecting sheared Nutria, pay particular attention
to thequality of the shearing...the desired effect is plush
and even. Natural Nutria should be uniform in color and
texture,, with long sleek guard hairs and thick underfur.
Ant Nutria may be dyed. Natural colors range from the bluish
beige of ranched Nutria to the more delicate brown of wild
OPOSSUM- Usually orginating in either Australia or the U.S.,
the American is the longer haired of the two, with silver
gray guard hair and dense underfur. The color should be
uniform. The fur of the Australian Opossum will be dense,
plush and short. The best is blue gray and especially soft
with woolly underfur.
RABBIT- Ranch Rabbit is available in a wonderful array of
14 natural colors. Silky texture and uniformity of color
are the qualities to keep in mind for the finest garment.
The colors and choices between shearing, grooving and natural
Rabbit present a generous selection of warm soft fur coats,
jackets, vests and hats.
AMERICAN RACCOON- In contrast to the bulky college student's
coat of the 1920's, today's fashions are sleeker, more understated
and much more sophisticated. The best Raccoon furs come
from Northern Canada, where they develop long silvery guard
hairs over a dense, luxuriant underfur. May be bleached
or dyed, or sheared to a silky, even texture, or left natural.
SABLE- One of the rarest, most expensive furs, the finest
Sables are found almost exclusively in the Soviet Union.
At one time every Sable was considered property of the Czar.
Even today the export of pelts is limited, and the export
of live animals is forbidden. Each pelt is extremely light,
long and narrow. Crown Sable is brown with a blue cast.
The Golden Sable has an amber tone. The finest
Sables have a silvery hair dispersed throughout the Sable.
SKUNK- A finely defined white marking and lustrous blue
black coat give the fine Skunk fur its tremendous visual
appeal. Its tactile appeal comes from thesilky texture.
North American Skunk and the Zorina from South America are
similar, except that the Zorina has a flatter, silkier texture.
SQUIRREL- Russia, Poland, Finland and Canada are the origins
of the finest Squirrel furs. Squirrel is heavily furred
yet lightweight. Density and silkiness are the qualities
that mark the really fine Squirrel fur.
TANUKI- Imported from Japan, Tanuki is actually a member
of the Raccoon family. It may, due to its already close
resemblance, be dyed to resemble a Cross Fox. Or, it can
be left as is...a glorious tribute to its own natural beauty.
WEASEL- Similar to Mink, and perfect for the discerning
buyer who wants the feel of Mink in a shorter, more lightweight
Cold Storage is always recommended. The enviroment shold
be 58% humidity and 45 degrees Fahrenheit. If storing the
coat at home use a broad hanger, and do not cover the coat
with plastic. Plastic, which has no pores for air ventalation,
will prevent the coat from breathing. This will cause drying
of the skins, and will prematurely age the coat.
proper care of fur garments, professionally
cleaning is recommended. Proper
storage of fur garments is also recommended.