TIPS ON BUYING FUR


From sleek street chic to sublime sophistication, your fur options are off the Richter scale. You can choose anything from fur's natural shades or classic tones to vibrant traffic stopping color. The right fur can personalize your wardrobe and unleash your femme fatale. Today's fur isn't shy ; it knows where it's going. Wear your fur whenever you like. Make your own rules! A great place to start looking is at your local fur salon or specialty boutique. Feel free to browse and ask questions. Your furrier is an expert who can introduce you to the unique adventure that fur is.


WHAT TO LOOK FOR

  • Check to see that pelts are lustrous, supple and well matched.
  • Feel the fur carefully. There should be a dense, soft underfur that is evident to the touch, under the glossy guard hair, which should also be soft - never bristly.
  • Seams should be sewn tightly. Hems should fall straight.
  • Be sure to try the garment on to see if the weight is comfortable for you. You may be surprised at how lightweight many furs actually are.
  • When you try on a well-made fur, it should be balanced, falling evenly and comfortably from your shoulders.
  • There should be "give" to the leather side of the fur when horizontal tension is applied.

A HANDY GLOSSARY


Brightening
Just like hair, fur colour and luster can be enhanced with special treatments.

Dyeing
The sky is the limit when it comes to color. In addition to natural tones, all furs can now be dyed in a wide range of exciting and beautiful hues.

Fur Layers
Guard hair is the long, lustrous outer layer of a fur; it protects the underfur (or duvet), which provides the warmth and insulation.

Knitting
Knittable yarn is now produced by combining narrow strips of fur with silk or cotton yarn; fur yarn is now used in myriad techniques including crocheting, weaving and knitting to produce soft, cozy apparel. Some knitted furs are now machine washable!

Leathering
Strips of fur are alternated with leather, cloth or ribbon for unique fashion effects and increased lightness.

Letting out

Cutting fur into diagonal strips and re-sewing it to make the pelt longer and narrower. Sometimes referred to as dropping out. The effect is supple and smooth flowing.

Plucking

Emphasizing the velvet underhair of the fur, guard hair is selectively plucked for various effects.

Skin-on-skin
Pelts are sewn together as rectangular sections, as an alternative to the letting out process.

Special effects

As designers explore fur's infinite versatility, they are increasingly treating it with the same creativity as fabric. Their innovative techniques continue to surprise and delight: fur is intricately draped, beaded, embroidered, pierced, laser cur, stenciled, fringed...

Tip-dyeing
Sometimes called blending. Dye is applied only to the tips of guard hair to produce more colour uniformity.