How long will my fur last?

With proper care, cleaning and storage, a fur coat can last for decades before being repurposed and upcycled. Common sense and some TLC can keep a fur in peak condition for many years. Furs don’t like heat, friction and cramped spaces

I have air conditioner at my home, Can I store my coat at home during the summer months?

Nothing shortens the lifespan of a fur like keeping it cooped up in the closet during the hot summer months. Home storage – even using air conditioning or cedar closets – will not protect your fur from drying out or from dust, dirt and insect damage. A cedar closet absorbs moisture (so moths can’t live) and thereby will dry out the leather. Professional fur vaults are specially designed environments with carefully controlled humidity and temperature. When furs are not professionally stored, though the fur may not appear to be damaged, the natural oils in the leather may have dried out prematurely aging the garment and leaving it more vulnerable to rips and tears. Be sure to store your fur at an Authorized Fur Care Specialist℠.

How do I clean my fur coat?

Furs should be cleaned annually by a fur specialist – never by a dry cleaner for clothes. While fur may not look dirty, it needs freshening to remove particles of dirt on the fur and to keep it soft. The cleaning process – putting oils back into the fur and leather – prolongs its longevity and enhances the luster of the fur. Bringing your fur to a fur specialist for annual cleaning is an ideal opportunity for your fur retailer to check for any minor rips or tears and repair them before they become more serious. Do not treat a fur with mothballs.

Can I wear my handbag on my shoulder while wearing my fur coat?

Avoid shoulder bags on a consistent basis as the strap will rub the fur and create bald patches.

Can I wear perfume when I wear my fur coat?

Yes, but avoid getting perfume and hairspray on the fur. This could damage the fur. Avoid spraying perfumes, hairsprays and insecticides directly on your fur. These sprays (including alcohol, solvent, and silicone based substances) will dry the leather and stiffen the guard hairs.

Can I add a broach, decorative jewelry, or accessories to my fur coat?

Furs don’t like to be pricked with the pinning of jewelry or accessories on your fur.

Will my fur be ruined if it gets wet?

Most furs can handle some rain and snow. Shake it out and hang it in a well-ventilated room. Never hang the fur near direct heat. Resist the temptation to use a hair dryer on the fur and do not use a brush or comb on the fur. Should the fur have gotten thoroughly soaked, then it needs to be taken to a fur retailer for professional treatment.

How do I keep my fur at home during the winter?

During the winter, give your fur ample closet space with no exposure to bright light which can cause fur to oxidize and change color. During the fur-wearing season, a fur needs to hang on a broad-shouldered hanger– no wires! A fur retailer can provide one.

Should I keep my fur in a garment bag?

Fur needs breathing room. Fur needs air circulation to prevent its leather side from drying out. Never cover fur with a plastic bag. If it must be covered for a short period of time, use a loosely woven cloth bag so the fur can breathe.

What if I get makeup on my fur?

If makeup rubs off and into the collar area or perfume settles on the fur, take it to an authorized furrier for professional cleaning.

I have a tear or rip in my fur coat or leather jacket, can that be fixed?

Yes, it can be fixed. Take your fur coat or leather jacket to your nearest authorized furrier or email us to get recommendations for a furrier in your area.

I spilled wine (coffee, milk, spaghetti sauce) on my fur coat, how do I get it cleaned?

If spill is not dried yet, sprinkle some Baby Powder as soon as possible on the spill, let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour and then brush lightly. Take your coat to the nearest authorized furrier as soon as possible for service and repair.

Do I need to insure my fur?

Fur coats are a valuable investment. We recommend you get insurance to cover you in the event of a loss. You will need up-to-date appraisals on each fur garment that you own. Keep in mind that most homeowner’s policies will not adequately cover your garments unless there is a specific rider adding them to the basic policy. Also be sure to get information on applicable deductibles and depreciation that would apply in the event of a loss. Almost all Authorized Furcare Specialists℠ can appraise your furs, and usually much more accurately than a standard insurance company. Some Authorized Furriers even offer insurance or replacement programs that are much more complete and specialized to your fur needs at a competitive cost.