Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Mink Marries Well with Winter Weddings

Real fur capes, shrugs and scarves are the perfect glamorous accessory for the princess bride on her ultra special day. Whether it's new or vintage; mink, sable or fox, a fur is the icing that perfectly tops the luscious wedding gown. There is no better way for a bride to keep warm and still look deliciously divine.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

How to Take Proper Care of Your Fur Coat

Allow your Fur coat or other garments proper space in a closet. Never keep your fur coat or other valuable coat in a plastic bag. Your fur coat requires proper air circulation; Use a cloth bag when traveling or transporting your fur coat to and from cold storage. The smell of both moth and cedar balls often adhere to fur coats and creates horrible odors.

Proper cleaning and conditioning of your fur coat and other garments will often remove such and most other unwanted odors.

Do not sit for an extended time on your fur coat or outerwear - as this may lead to undue the crushing and premature wear.

Avoid too much use of purse straps and other shoulder straps while wearing your fur coat, and other outerwear, as this too will lead to premature wear.

If your fur coat gets wet, shake it off and let it dry naturally. Using heat will cause both fur and leather to dry out. If your fur coat gets sopping wet it needs special attention by a specialist master furrier!

Do have proper annual care including cleaning, conditioning, tightening of buttons, closures and lining and the mending of early tears - some will be invisible to you.

Conditioning is processes that replenish essential oils essential for the longevity of your fur coat.

Repair any small tears immediately. Often times delaying of repair can lead to an costly replacement of pelts.

Your fur coat and other fine outerwear will supply you years of pleasurable wear when they are professionally conditioned and stored.

Each spring you must store your fur coat in a temperature and humidity controlled vault. Keep your fur coat away from heat, home humidity and moths.

A fur coat is a wonderful thing. Enjoy it for many years with proper caretaking.

Thank you for your time!

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Fall 2011 Trend Report - Fur Flows at New York Fashion Week

J. Mendel

Elie Tahari

Tory Burch


Chado Ralph Rucci

Oscar de le Renta

The Row

Michael Kors

Prabal Gurung

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Benefits of a Ranch Mink Coat

Terri Gold with Sabine Anton and Andrea Warshaw Wernick.
A ranch mink coat is one of the most popular styles of fur coats available while other fashionable furs include fox, rabbit and chinchilla. To be described as "ranch", the jacket's color must be extremely dark brown to very black. Many fur enthusiasts adore the numerous benefits of owning and wearing a ranch mink coat. Read on to learn more about this celebrated fur and its benefits.

Despite a sleek and lavish look, a mink coat is surprisingly durable when maintained correctly. This means taking it to a professional fur cleaner because the dry cleaning process is harmful to any type of fur. If you take proper care, a fur jacket can withstand decades of use and can even be restyled over the years to be at the forefront of fashion. The color of most mink jackets add to the resilience. Don't worry about white mink and light colors, the nature of fur and the natural of the oils it contains make them highly resistant to stains. Regardless of this, it is recommended that furs be cleaned and stored a minimum of once a year, even if it has not been worn. This is to slow the degradation process and keep it looking beautiful.

Soft, Silky Touch
Mink is an extremely soft fur compared to others. For this reason mink coats are very desirable and, of course, touchable. The pelt of a female mink is more popular than a male's because it tends to be silkier, have a lower nap, and is smaller in size, resulting in a narrower stripe in the construction of a mink coat. On the other hand, male mink pelts tend to be less costly and due to modern breeding techniques, can be just as silky and low nap as female mink pelts. However, male mink pelts do tend to have thicker leather than female mink pelts, resulting in a slightly heavier, but warmer, mink coat.

The versatility of a mink coat ranges from casual everyday use to formal evening wear. The warmth provided by this type of fur jacket by far exceeds the average winter jacket making it the perfect piece of clothing to wear on a daily basis during the cold winter months. If you work in a business-casual environment, this type of fur is excellent to wear with your business clothes also. Finally, a mink coat makes the perfect fashion statement for a night on the town. Formal clothing can be worn with it to dress it up during your next fun night out.

If you do your research to find the best quality, whether you get a male or female mink coat, you will be happy with the outcome. The luxurious feel of a soft mink coat cannot be replaced by any other type of fur jacket.

There are many benefits of owning a quality rel=nofollow ranch mink coat that bring joy and pride to fur aficionados everywhere. Even if you have never owned a fur jacket in the past, deciding to invest in one may be the best clothing decision you can make due to its durability and versatility. Anyone can experience the feeling of luxury that mink fur provides.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mink Fur Coats - Learn the Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Or Should Not Buy Sheared

When it comes to fur coats, the undisputable best seller is Mink. It's been the underlying anchor of the fur industry around the world, and rightfully so. It's soft, beautiful, light, and durable, but most importantly, it makes you feel like a million dollars when wearing it.

I recently came back from the biggest fur show in North America. This show only happens once a year and it's where the best of the best fur manufacturers go to show case their creations. This is where you go and look at what is going to be this year's fashion. You look, observe, analyze and then try to decide which ones you think you will be the best sellers. Its exciting work, but trust me it's not as easy as it sounds.

This year's creations were without doubt, one of the most glamorous and beautiful that I have seen in a long time. But when I was looking at our selection of purchases for this year, I noticed an increasing pattern in our collection fur coat styles. This trendy pattern is all about "sheared fur". If you do not know what sheared fur is, well, it's pretty simple. The fur is shaved before the coat is put together. An example I often refer to; it's like going to the barbers to cut all the long hairs. All that is left is the underlying furs that are all of equal length. The underlying furs are softer, but just as warm.

Of the collection of fur coats we had selected this year, eighty percent were sheared. It's not that we had planned on buying that many sheared fur coats, but this year's creations of sheared fur were so attractive, that we had to get them.

The advantage of sheared over traditional fur coats is the fact that they are much, much lighter; and people like that. In addition, they do not look like a traditional coat, since it has more of a velvety feeling. On the down side, the sheared fur will not be as durable as its counterpart. And that make's sense, you are removing a layer of fur that is used mostly for protection.

Although sheared furs are becoming more and more popular, we still have customers that come in and want the traditional black mink coat. They want the same fur coats Brook Shields or Madonna wears. One of the common reasons people tell me is the following; if they spent a lot of money on a fur coat, they want something they know will last them for 20 or 30 years and still be in style. And that is the beauty of mink fur, its everlasting. It's the definition of classic and elegance all in one. In addition, traditional fur coats make more of a statement.

From my perspective, the jury is still out regarding which style of mink fur (sheared or not sheared) I like the best. I like the lightness of the sheared furs, but I also like the elegance of a traditional fur coat. Either are excellent choices and none is better than the other. Truthfully, I think it's a matter a personal preference. But one thing is for certain, people are still attracted to its splendor and beauty and will continue to be for generations to come.

Dino Karatzios is a third generation furrier, learning the trick of the trade from his Father (Dimitrios who is the actual master furrier) from the day he was born, furs and luxury outerwear is practically in his blood. Currently managing Frank's Furs and Fashions ( ), he always likes to help his clients find the right product and give the right advice. For more information regarding furs, leathers or specialty wools, please feel free to contact Dino at Frank's Furs and Fashions ( )

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spring 2011 Designer Fur Fashion

As designer ready-to-wear collections for the spring 2011 season hit the runways, it would seem that fur fashion is most definitely here to stay.

The Autumn/Winter collections of 2010/2011 saw a fur revival like never before and many challenged its staying power outside of cold conditions but as the seasons change, the winning versatility of fur has shone through. Designers have been lining up to showcase their renewed love of fur by expressing fresh and original ways to utilise it in their latest catwalk creations with innovative styles coming in the form of shorts and skirts from high profile designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Georgio Armani and Oscar de la Renta.

Coats took on lively new contours from the high sheen offerings of Rick Owens in his trademark jet black and the more lightweight variations appeared in short, tailored waist and thigh-length vests and jackets in serene neutrals from the ultra chic J. Mendel.

Dennis Basso’s sultry coat stylings ranged from cut out and see-through swing jackets with sumptuous snug collars that accentuate the inner silhouette to capped sleeve capes that captured the playful nature of the a-line 60’s but oozed a contemporary feel. Master fur manipulator Fendi displayed a variety of slinky boleros and accessories were still smoothing out the competition with colourful stoles from Dries Van Noten.

Helen Yarmak’s flirty designs used the attention grabbing bold primary hues of royal blue and canary yellow alongside strong shades of black and white cut in pure rock star mode while Oscar de la Renta brought a vintage feel back with a selection of opulent lines, trims, stoles and jackets. The stark whites, soothing browns and slinky blacks in off the shoulder and wide collar designs wouldn’t have looked out of place in the Hollywood glamour set of the 1950’s.

Prada went all out on their spring collections shown at the end of last year with high colour and bold stripe designs in fox fur stoles. Vibrant shades of pink, blue, teal, green and an eye-catching stark orange (which is set to be one of spring’s signature colours) sit surprisingly comfortable alongside thick black stripes. These striking and instantly recognisable stoles are already a store favourite which has no doubt been helped along by a fun ad campaign, endorsements from famous fans such as renowned designer Marc Jacobs and pop sensation and fur advocate, Rihanna, who is rocking the look in her new music video “S & M".

From celebrity wearers to celebrity designers, The Row is a label fronted by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Already making a stir with the level of fur used in their collections this dynamic twin duo have carved their own niche in the fashion world with their sophisticated and classy sharp tailored pieces that focussed on trims, fur hats and animal prints during New York’s fashion week, with menswear and accessories promised for future lines.

With so much fur still gracing the coming season’s collections, it would seem that as spring approaches and the air heats up, our love of fur most definitely hasn’t cooled.

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