Why wear fur and leather??
(information from the Fur Information Council of America)
1) Warmth – Fur is nature’s wonderful response to winter. And nothing is warmer. As a natural material, fur allows the body to breathe and is isothermal, keeping you comfortable and cozy, no matter the weather.
2) Comfort – Soft, sensual and enveloping, nothing compares with the feeling of wearing fur. And with today’s new techniques, furs have never been more versatile or lightweight. In fact many can be worn year-round, rather then just in cold seasons or climates.
3) Timelessness – Fur never goes out of style and now its seductive beauty has never had a stronger grasp on the fashion imagination. One only has to look at the hundreds of international designers who showcase fur in their collections in increasingly creative ways.
4) Versatility – The cliché of fur on formal occasions has long been put to rest. Fur now can be worn everywhere. With jeans and ball gowns. Warm on a winter night, enchanting on a summer dress. There is only one rule and that is: create your own style!
5) Durability – Despite its luxurious look and feel, fur is a natural fiber, and hence naturally durable. Because fur is resilient and lasting, it can be recycled, updated and re-styled, time and time again. Take care of your fur and your investment will bring you many years of pleasure.
6) Eco-logical – The fur trade is government regulated to ensure that endangered species are never used. Fur is an excellent example of ”sustainable use of renewable resources”, a principle promoted by the World Wildlife Fund and other environmental protection organizations.
What is the difference between female and male mink pelts?
Female mink pelts are generally smaller and lighter in weight than male mink pelts. Additionally, female pelts have a high luster and are very silky and soft while male mink pelts are more dense. Each garment, whether male or female, has to be judged individually based on its own quality.
How do I tell quality of a fur?
The quality of a fur is determined by the quality of the design, the pelts and the workmanship. The design must cause a proper fit and reflect a certain look or lifestyle. The pelts must be well matched, light weight, supple and even in sheen. The workmanship must create even sewed seams and good matching.
Is a sheared fur as warm as an unsheared fur?
Yes. The warmth of the fur is determined by the underfur, which acts as an insulation. Whether or not the longer guard hairs are sheared off, the underfur remains intact and therefore provides the same warmth.
Does dyeing a fur affect its quality?
No. A fur that has been dyed will keep its softness and luster. Dyeing a fur is an option that designers use to achieve a look that reflects today’s lifestyles and needs but doesn’t compromise the quality of the fur.
Will rain ruin a fur?
A mild rain will not ruin your fur. Just hang the garment up to dry in a well-ventilated room away from direct heat. After it is dry, give the fur a vigorous shake. If your fur gets thoroughly soaked, however, contact Pollack Furs and Leathers for proper treatment.
What is shearling?
Shearling is natural lamb skin with the fur worn on the inside and the leather side sueded and worn on the outside. Shearlings often fit well with today’s casual lifestyle.
What can I do with a coat fur I have inherited?
Any options are possible. Fabrics such as leather, microfiber, or knit can be added to achieve a more modern style or the fur can be used to trim a sweater or cloth coat. The fur can also be used to create plush stuffed animals and pillows; great for grandchildren to keep their grandparents close to their heart.
How do I care for my fur?
Store your fur with a professional furrier in the spring of each year. Have the furrier condition, clean and glaze it while it is in storage. Under no circumstance should a fur be kept in a cedar chest or closet: such conditions will dry out the pelts and severely reduce the luster of the fur.
How often should my fur be conditioned?
Your fur needs to be conditioned, cleaned and glazed at least once every two years to prevent it from drying out and loosing its suppleness.
Can I store my fur at home since I have air conditioning?
No. Closets are generally 10 degrees warmer than your home.
How do I insure my fur?
Bring it to a professional furrier for a written appraisal. Give this appraisal to your insurance company so that the fur can be listed on a separate rider of your homeowners insurance policy. Ask your insurance agent for advice and details.
Is financing available?
Yes, a number of plans are available, including layaway. Contact Judy Pollack or call us for details.