6:46 pm on Monday, June 9th, 2014
5:23 pm on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Taking care of a fur hat is actually a two part process; caring for the fur is important but taking care of the hide is what makes your fur last.
Of course a cold storage facility is always the best place for any fur garment but you can keep your fur accessories beautiful for many years by taking care of them properly yourselves.
- store your hat in a cool, dry place, away from the heat and sun and let it breathe
- storing the fur hat on a shelf in a large closet with air circulation is the best place in your house
- fur hats can be stored within loose tissue and open hat boxes
NOTE: If you are concerned about pest problems try tucking a dryer sheet near the hat, just make sure it does not come into direct contact with your fur. It is always a good idea to check your hat periodically during the summer months.
- never put your fur hat into a washing machine, dryer, or dry with a hairdryer
- fur cannot handle excess heat, it will dry and crack, letting go of the fur to create bald spots
- do not store your fur hat in a cedar closet or cedar chest
- the oils in the cedar will damage the fur and cedar will absorb the necessary moisture in the hide, leaving the hat dry
- do not expose your fur hat to mothballs, they will react with the natural oils in your fur and damage your hat
- never crush or flatten your fur hat
- do not store it in a plastic bag or packed tightly with other things, friction will damage your fur
NOTE: Avoiding prolonged exposure to moisture is as important as not letting it dry out. Never wash or dry clean your fur hat, if needed take it to a professional fur cleaner before you store it for the off season.
9:04 pm on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
Whether you purchase a fur hat, a fur coat or a fur blanket it is very important to properly care for your fur so that it will last you for many years to come. Fur is an extraordinary natural material that is known for its resilience and long lifespan. If you want your fur to look as beautiful as it was the day you bought it then here are some helpful hints on how to care for your fur
- fur is a fairly durable material so as long as you use common sense when caring for it your fur should last for many years
- furs should be stored in cold, dark spaces like closets
- avoid storing your fur in heat or direct sunlight, this will fade your fur
- make sure it has room to breathe and it is not crushed by other garments
- avoid insecticides, moth proofing, and other chemicals around on your fur, including perfume, hairspray and makeup – perfume contains alcohol, which can dry your pelts. Once a perfume gets into your fur-including cedar from a cedar chest it will be there to stay
- in the off season it doesn’t hurt to send your fur to your local furrier for professional storage
- shake out the fur product regularly
- use a wire brush to maintain and restore the natural soft and fluffy appearance of fur
- attend to spills and stains are quickly as possible
Suede & Leather Care
- use a protective spray before wearing your suede or leather products
12:09 pm on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
If you’re been contemplating carrying your fur pieces over from winter to spring, then look no further, because Vogue Japan give us no reasons to put that fur away. Their May 2013 issue features an editorial that promotes spicing up your spring wardrobe by mixing fur into everyday looks.
Stylist Heathermary Jackson dresses model Catherine McNeil in diverse selection of beautiful fur garments, photographed by Hans Feurer.
“The editorial shows off effortless glamour in a range of street style looks, including a 1950s-style dress with fur stole and oversized clutch and a masculine, military style ensemble complete with goggles and a sheared fur vest.”
8:46 pm on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
Mukluks were originally made by the Inuit to keep their feet warm during harsh winter conditions. Original mukluks were usually made out of reindeer or seal and had a lining of animal fur for additional warmth. As time has past, mukluks have transformed into a popular fashion trend. Mukluks can be worn anytime of the year as they keep your feet cozy warm in the winter and cool in the summer. With a wide selection of styles and colors available choosing the right pair of mukluks can seem overwhelming at times. This guide will assist you in looking at what factors to consider when choosing a pair of mukluks.
Size & Height
- One of the first decisions you want to make is the size of the mukluk. Mukluk sizing is equivalent to ones shoe size, so this should be an easy step. If you wear a half shoe size, we recommend rounding down to the next whole size. This is caused because once the mukluk has been frequently worn it becomes looser. Therefore if you were to go up to the next shoe size over time the mukluk would be too big and uncomfortable.
- After selecting a size the next think you want to look at is the height of the mukluk. Mukluks are available in either short or tall sizes.If you are looking for a pair that will provide additional coverage to your calf area a tall mukluk is ideal. Especially if you live in a cooler climate where additional coverage is needed.
- After deciding the correct size and height of the mukluks the next thing you would like to look at is the style.
- Mukluks are available in a variety of furs, however our section of mukluks are offered only in rabbit fur.
- Genuine Rabbit Fur is soft, luxurious and warm which will keep your feet cozy throughout the season.
- Available in black or brown, each pair is handmade creating a unique item for your collection.
- Additionally, the beaded detail on each pair of mukluks is done by hand and no two designs are the same.
- If you are looking for a pair of boots that are fashionable, unique and warm a pair of these mukluks are your answer.
Protecting Your Mukluks
- Now that you have selected the size, height and style of the mukluk you want to look at how to protect them.
- Mukluks are not waterproof therefore proper care should be taken before they are worn for the first time.
- If you plan to wear the mukluks in an environment that snows or rains frequently a protective sealant should be first applied to the boot. This is done to protect the mukluk from being discolored by moisture. Applying an additional coat will help repel water from penetrating inside the boot. Allow twenty four hours for the sealant to be fully dried before wearing. This protective sealant should be sprayed onto the boots weekly to ensure in order to preserve the life of the mukluks.
- Understanding the climate you live in will go a long way in deciding the right pair of mukluks
8:45 pm on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
The soft touch of elegant cashmere is luxurious. You’ll want to preserve its exquisite look and feel as long as you possibly can. Cashmere requires special handling and care to preserve this delicate wool knit.
It’s not uncommon for cashmere to snag, attract dirt and stains, and absorb odors. It is very important to maintain proper cleaning and care to keep your cashmere looking new.
- hand wash ONLY
- avoid washing fur trim – this will damage the fur completely
- treat stains immediately with cold water and mild soap
- use a soft cold cloth to gently rub the stain with the soap
- keep cashmere on a flat surface during the cleaning process to avoid wrinkling or stretching
- wringing, twisting, or hanging to dry will also damage to the delicate cashmere fibers
- do not hang to dry or machine dry – this will misshape your cashmere
- lay damp cashmere flat on a clean and protected surface for a natural dry
- can scorch easily when coming in contact with a hot iron
- remove wrinkles with an iron or steamer on the lowest heat setting possible
- protect from other fabrics and surfaces
- use a piece of tissue paper to separate clothing when stacked
- keep away from heat and direct sunlight to preserve color and fibers
- do not wear perfume – it can create stains and attract moths
- keep away from rough and sharp items like jewellery and purses
- wait for your deodorant to dry before wearing – prevents deodorant build up
6:38 pm on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Beaver, which was once native to Europe, is now found only in North America in quantity, despite beaver’s beginning to make a comeback in Russia. It is an aquatic animal with shiny, coarse guard hair and soft, exceptionally thick underfur. The color range is wide. It may be dark brown on the back, shading to pale golden brown on the sides, or the entire fur may be pale or even silvery. Whatever the color, beaver should never have a red cast. The best beaver comes from Canada, the northern US, and Alaska. Northern beaver wears longest. Southern beaver has a thicker skin and is inexpensive in comparison to northern beaver. The fur texture is similar, although the underfur may not be as thick. Beaver is used both natural and plucked and sheared. Southern beaver is best when natural.
Natural beaver doesn’t resemble the sheared beaver with which most of us are familiar. The look is entirely different. Watch for long guard hairs that give the fur a lustrous sheen. Natural beaver is ideal for men’s coats because of the rugged look. It also makes striking casual wear for both men and women. Natural beaver is a durable fur. Its natural brown color may be dyed other colors.
Beaver almost always used to be plucked and sheared to a velvety, soft pile. The natural color is sometimes dyed darker brown or beige or even bleached white. The fur may mat when wet and requires care and once-a-year cleaning.
The Chinchilla is a rodent, native to the high Andes of South America. The name comes from “Chincha“, the South American Indians who used the hair for cloth, as did the Incas who conquered the Chinchas and the early Spaniards who defeated the Incas. Later, the blue-gray, exquisitely soft fur became so popular in Europe that Chinchillas were almost extinct by 1914. Today, all Chinchilla is ranched, as the result of a few breeding pairs imported to the US in 1924.
The fur is very soft, silky, and dense. In fact, chinchilla fur has the highest hair density of any animal, with more than 20,000 per square centimeter. (This makes it impossible for parasites such as fleas to inhabit chinchillas, as they would suffocate.) Where humans grow one hair from each follicle, a chinchilla has more than 50.
Color is silvery gray top hair and dark underfur. The best chinchilla has a slate blue color, often enhanced by brighteners, although mutation colors are now also produced.
The small size and the fragility of the skin used to make chinchilla difficult to work with and very expensive. It’s still expensive, but new dressing methods have made it easier to work with and have improved its wearability. No fur needs more care, however. The fur is very warm, despite being one of the lightest.
Coyote are native to North America. They are predators, and often considered as pests since they may attack domestic and farm animals. At one time, coyote pelts were considered worthless, but as conservation efforts aimed at wolves grew, fur manufacturers began experimenting with coyote. The long-haired fur, often pale gray or tan in color with thick, paler underfur, is durable and warm and makes luxurious coats for both men and women.
Fox, which comes in many natural colors, is found all over the world. Because of its long hair and distinctive coloring, its popularity depends on fashion, especially in the US. Fox is easy to ranch and was ranched extensively in the United States at the height of its popularity. As its popularity waned, however, American fox farmers turned to raising mink, with the result that almost all fox today comes from ranches in Scandinavia (especially Norway), other European countries, and Russia, where it has always been fashionable. The ranching made possible the development of mutations such as silver and platina fox, that are variations of the natural colors.
Fox wears well, although it needs regular cleaning and care to keep the fur fluffy and the skins soft and supple. The price depends on the popularity, but red (the most common) fox is the least expensive, with platina and white the most expensive. Clarity of color is important in fox, as is the fullness and density of the underfur and soft sleekness of the guard hairs. Fox is also dyed high-fashion colors.
Blue fox is ranched extensively in Scandinavia. The color ranges from a blue brown to a real blue, as well as white with blue highlights.
The name comes from the distinctive cruciform marking in the head and neck region of the fox. The color is basically red fox with yellow tints, while the cross is deeper in color with the red mixed with black. Some cross foxes are silver in color and are called silver cross fox.
Most gray fox is American, with the best pelts coming from the northern states. It is silver gray with a slight tinge of red.
Kitt fox or corsac
North American Kitt foxes are gray fox. In addition, there is corsac, which comes from Siberia and other places in the former Soviet Union. In comparison to other foxes, it has little guard hair. What guard hair it does have is yellow with white tips, although the fur tends to be short and soft. Corsac fox is less well-wearing than most other foxes.
The platina color was originally bred in Norway. It is a much lighter platinum color than silver fox, and the whiteness may be enhanced by slight bleaching.
Red fox is native to every continent with the exception of South America. The best red fox comes from northern climates and is deeply furred with silky, strong texture.
Silver fox is entirely ranched. The fur is blue black in color with a white tip on the tail. The best silver fox is a true silver color with a black stripe.
This fox has extremely thick underfur. There may be a slight blue shade along the back of the pelt. Like all white furs, it may require bleaching to preventing its turning yellow. It is less wearable than the more common kinds of foxes, although it is the ultimate in glamour.
Lamb is one fur that cannot be described in a few words. It may be long-haired or short-haired. It may be flat with a wavy pattern or curly. It may be inexpensive to expensive. In addition, the fur industry is now using types of lamb that were seldom, if ever, used before. Each type of fur, therefore, has its own characteristics and colors, although almost all curly lamb is very durable.
This lambswool has long, wavy, silky hair. It is sporty and attractive in coats and jackets, but needs special care because it can turn frizzy in wet weather. It is usually left its natural “lamb” color (off-white) or is bleached white.
Mouton lamb is sheared sheepskin. The hair is straightened, treated, and set to make a soft, water-repellent, close fur that may be dyed black or brown to imitate Alaska or northern fur seal or beaver. It may also be dyed other colors, although the natural color is generally off-white.
Shearling is natural sheepskin that has been sheared (similar to mouton lamb), while the leather side has been sueded. The fur, or sheared side, is worn next to the skin.
Shearling is the shepherd’s coat that’s traditional to many eastern European and Asian countries from Hungary to Afghanistan and points east. These coats are often embroidered on the suede side, and the fur side may have longer hair. Shearlings are also “traditional” jackets for western cowboys and ranchers.
The coats and jackets are casual, sporty, long wearing and relatively inexpensive. The shearling side tends to be more closely sheared than on shepherds’ coats. They do need care to keep the sueded side soft and clean, and the lamb side from matting, although the best American shearlings will not spot from rain.
Until not so long ago, shearlings were considered heavy. However, better tanning methods have made the finest-quality shearlings much lighter, heralding their arrival on the fashion scene.
Persian lamb is also called karakul, or caracul. It used to be called astrakhan as well. The sheep are raised for their meat and wool in Russia, Afghanistan, and other countries in that area, but they are also raised in Namibia as well. Persian lamb from the last area listed is trademarked Swakara. Bukhara is the finest Russian Persian lamb. Broadtail is lamb that is stillborn or unborn. Persian broadtail is lamb that is a few days old or less. Persian lamb (karakul, Swakara, and Bukhara) is lamb that is not older than 10 days. The difference in age allows the fur to develop from the moiré pattern to a tight, close curl. After that age, the fur gets longer and begins to lose the distinctive curl. Persian lamb goes in and out of fashion in the United States, but it has long been one of the most popular furs in Europe, especially Germany. The best-wearing Persian lambs are the natural browns, grays, and whites. Black Persian lamb is dyed to avoid the whiteness of the natural leather from showing through the curls. Persian lamb today, thanks to better breeding, comes in a wider range of natural colors and is lighter in weight than even a few years ago.
This lamb is similar to Mongolian lamb, except the silky hair is longer – as long as three to four inches – and may be frizzier. It, too, is off-white, although it can be dyed, and needs special care to keep it from frizzing unattractively. Both Mongolian and Tibet lamb can be straightened if they become too frizzy.
A mink coat is the best fur coat to many women – and to growing numbers of men. Mink are a member of the weasel family. Although they are found in the wild almost everywhere in North America and in some other parts of the world, the majority of mink are ranched. Very few wild mink are trapped any more because ranched mink are so superior in quality and color. American mink are the finest in the world, thanks to scientific breeding and rearing.
Female mink are smaller and have softer, lighter pelts than the males. Consequently, more female skins are needed for a coat than male skins. It is just as warm, however, although the weight may be less.
Mink is worked in many ways, and every part of the skin is used. It is a very durable fur that can last twenty years or more with care, depending on the quality. Prime quality skins are used natural and will wear the best. Dyed mink represents lesser quality skins – and both the lesser quality and the dyeing mean that it won’t wear as well.
Natural Ranch Mink
The guard hairs should be silky and even in length, while the underfur should be dense and compact and paler in color. The mink should have a naturally lustrous sheen.
Again, the guard hairs should be silky and even in length. The color should be clear and uniform. The price depends on the availability and popularity of colors. At times, natural ranch mink may be more expensive.
A coat may be made, wholly or partially, of paws, gills and tails. It may also contain other pieces of mink. If the coat is patterned, such as to give a chevron effect, look for evenness of pattern and texture throughout the coat. Pieced coats may not wear as well as whole skin coats, because of the many seams. A good pieced mink coat should be reinforced on the leather side with nylon or ribbon at points of wear. Pieced mink coats can be very attractive, and they are much less expensive than natural mink coats that are let out or skin-on-skin.
Musquash is the Canadian and British name for muskrat, one of the most versatile furs. It can be used many ways, including being dyed to resemble mink and plucked and sheared to resemble beaver. Hudson seal, which is no longer made but was popular in the 1920s and 1930s, was actually plucked and sheared muskrat dyed to look like Alaska, or northern, fur seal. The name muskrat comes from glands near the tail that give off an odor, musk. Musk is used in perfumes and cosmetics. Muskrat are found all over the United States, mainly in marsh areas that are unsuitable for agriculture. It is extremely hardy and prolific, which means that it would become a pest if not trapped. At times, in fact, it has become so numerous that it’s left the marshes for farmlands where it’s caused severe damage. A Musquash’s color, in general, is dark brown on the back shading to golden brown and silver on the flanks. Jersey, or eastern, muskrat is darker in color, almost black, and the most expensive. Eastern muskrat is long-wearing with care, although all muskrat wears well.
Rabbit is noted for being very affordable. It’s also noted as being the great imitator, because of its use to imitate just about any other fur. Both wild and domestic rabbits are used, although most rabbit fur today comes from animals raised for food purposes, the skins of which would be thrown out if not used for fur.
Rabbit may be left natural or it may be plucked, sheared, dyed, and processed in the effort to make it resemble other furs. As a result, it used to be called a wide variety of names, including lapin, sealine, beaverette and chinchillette. But nowadays it is legally required to be called rabbit, no matter how it’s processed.
Long-haired rabbit tends to shed. Thus, anyone who wears dark colors would be better off with a darker color or dyed rabbit than with a white or light-colored rabbit coat or jacket. In any case, the texture should be silky and the color uniform. Some rabbit is leather-edged to give it a longer life. Although rabbit may wear as long as five years or more, the average rabbit coat or jacket probably wears about three years. Keeping in mind that a rabbit coat may cost less than a cloth coat, though, it gives good value for the money.
The fur of this special breed is quite distinct from that of regular rabbits. According to the National Rex Rabbit Club (U.S.), the breed was the product of a recessive gene first spotted in France in 1919. Unlike regular rabbits, the Rex has no prominent “guardhair”, resulting in a silkier, denser fur resembling chinchilla or sheared mink. Rex rabbits were imported into the U.S. in the 1920s. (See Rabbit Redux: A Once-Lowly Fur Finds New Luster, Wall Street Journal, Jan. 27, 2004. Outside link.)
Raccoon is a truly American animal and fur, and it’s come a long way from the enormous, heavy coats that were a “must” for the 1920s college man and the Davy Crockett hats of the 1950s. Raccoon are found all over the United States and in southern Canada, with its fur getting thicker and longer the farther north the animal lives. Although the distinctive tail alternates black with tan rings, the body guard hairs are long and silvery with black tips and the gray sides shade to black along the middle of the back. The best raccoon has plentiful guard hair, heavy underfur, and a silvery color. If raccoon is plucked and sheared, the texture should be silky and the shearing even. Sheared raccoon, as is true of any sheared coat, needs special care to keep it from matting. Raccoon can also be bleached or dyed. The fur can be very durable with care, as the number of raccoon coats from the 1920s that were around a few years ago (and may even still be around) demonstrate.
One day raccoon may not be truly American. Pairs have been resettled in Russian forests where they’re said to be growing in number.
Skunk are native to North America and South America. Both continents produce similar animals, although South American skunk may be called Zorina. Skunk, with its distinctive white striping down the back and dark or black color, is probably familiar to most Americans especially for the evil-smelling spray they issue when threatened and when killed on the roads by cars. The stripe varies in width but is actually divided like a V and may be long or short. Some skunk fur may even be all black. The underfur is thick and long, keeping the silky guard hairs erect. It’s worked both with and without the stripe. The color should be a glossy blue black and the stripe, if used, narrow. It wears well. The problem with skunk has been that it may have a slight odor when wet. Nowadays, this problem has been almost eliminated.
6:58 pm on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
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When you’re shopping for a new fur garment or doing your research online you may run into some terminology that you’re not familiar with. Here is a list of terms we’ve compiled that may help when it comes to researching and purchasing the perfect piece of fur:
- Fur luster and color can be enhanced using customized treatments
- There are endless possibilities when it comes to fur color
- Furs come in a wide range of natural colors but can also be dyed in many vibrant and beautiful hues
- Dyeing can be used to fix any imperfections within the furs natural tones and can help improve uniformity
- Sometimes the pelt is bleached white before it is dyed
- Guard hair is the long,
Guard hair is the long, shiny that is there to protect the underfur
- The underfur is what provides the warmth and insulation
- Knitted fur is a specific design method used for fur garments
- It is created by using narrow strips of fur combined with silk or cotton yarn
- Knitted fur garments are often more light and breathable
- Strips of fur are alternated with leather, ribbon or cloth for a unique effect as well as increased lightness
- Cutting the pelt in to diagonal strips and then re-sewing it allows for one to make the pelt longer and narrower
- Also referred to as “dropping out”
- The outcome is a supple and smooth flowing pelt
- Natural furs of unique colors that are produced due to selective breeding
- Guard hair is selectively plucked to emphasize the velvet underhair of the fur
- This technique is comprised of many small detailed pieces of sheared mink to give a garment the beautiful and ever popular sculptured look
- This technique is used to trim fur to a short pile, sometimes as low as 5 mm
- Used to reduce bulkiness and weight while creating intricate sculptural patterns in the fur.
- Natural lamb pelts with the leather side often suede and worn on the outside.
- Rectangular pelts that are sewn together to create a box effect
- This is an alternative to the letting out process.
- Fur has become increasingly popular and designers are exploring the infinate possibilities when it comes producing garments
- Fur can be treated with the same creativity as fabric
- Fur can be draped, beaded, embroidered, laser cut, stenciled, embroidered and fringed
- Dye is applied only to the tip of the guard hairs to produce a uniform color throughout
- Also known as “blending”
- This is the layer of the fur that acts as insulation and provides warmth
- The underhair is covered by guard hairs
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8:42 pm on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
When it comes to online shopping, skeptics aren’t uncommon. In may cases the biggest thought that goes through one’s mind is, “will it even fit?” or “what size am I?”
At FurSource, our products are very true to size, but that doesn’t mean we recommend skipping out on collecting your measurements. We’ve included garment measurements in the Product Details for our items, so combined with your proper measurements you are sure to have a perfect fit. Here are our tips for finding your measurements for Coats + Jackets, Hats, and Mittens + Gloves:
Coats + Jackets
BUST: Measure your bust around the fullest part. With your arms hanging naturally at your sides, have someone measure you with a measuring tape under your arms, around your back, and over the fullest part of your bust.
WAIST: Measure your waist around your natural waist line. Try bending to one side to discover exactly where your waist naturally folds. Take the measuring tape from this point and measure around your entire waist.
HIPS: Measure your hips 20cm (8 inches) down from your natural waist line. Stand up straight with your feet together to measure over the fullest parts of your hips and rear.
NOTE: Make sure the measuring tape is flat and snug, but not tight. Also always check for size measurements in the Product Description since some coats may not follow the standard sizing guide. If you do not see any additional measurements in the product description always follow the standard sizing guide located under the Size Chart tab. We do have two different sizing charts for women’s coats and vests based on the garment sizing which are Women’s Sizes and Ladies Sizes.
MEN’S SIZING CHART
To determine your hat size, measure the circumference around your head with a measure tape or string, keeping the string level and firm, across the temples and above the eyebrow ridges. Measure the length of the string.
NOTE: For in-between measurements go the next size up.
TIP FOR GIFT BUYING: The average female head size is medium. The average male head size is large.
Mittens + Gloves
Measure the circumference around your hand, keeping the tape level firm, across the knuckles. Measure your dominant hand–the right if you are right-handed, and the left if you are left-handed.
NOTE’: For in-between measurements go the next size up.
8:43 pm on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
Though some may not think faux fur is as luxurious as genuine animal fur, with the advancement in synthetic developments, these days you will find similar benefits to those imparted by real fur.
Since the 50s this fur alternative has been taking the place of real fur in coats, vests, hats, and other accessories.
Apart from having quality materials and construction, our faux fur is soft and warm–many people won’t be able to tell the difference between this synthetic replacement and the genuine article.
The styles and colors we offer are diverse, providing a very affordable and fashionable fake fur with the same look and feel of real fur. The uses are endless for this faux fur fabric.
- cheaper alternative to genuine animal fur
- larger variety of colors and designs
- easy maintenance and hand washable
- resistant to moth attacks
- stays soft and shiny for longer time
- doesn’t require careful storing and transport methods
- resistant to moisture
- isn’t biodegradable like real fur
- not resilient to frost or extreme weather conditions