Fur Types & Care
The genuine real fur types in our collection include natural fur and dyed natural fur, wool, and feathers. Mink fur, fox fur, rabbit fur, raccoon fur, Asiatic raccoon fur, chinchilla fur and sheep shearling.
All fur types are delicate and must be properly cared for to ensure the garment's good condition and longevity. Some shedding is normal for all fur types.
Knitted Furs vs Full Pelt Furs
Knitted fur coats are a light-weight alternative to full pelt fur coats. The knitted fur technique was developed in the last decade or so by a Canadian designer looking for a way to re-use leftover fur strips. This technique quickly evolved into beautifully versatile new designs for casual, contemporary light-weight genuine furs. Knitted fur is also an affordable alternative to wearing more expensive full pelt fur coats. We include both knitted and full pelt fur garments in our collections for most fur types.
When Your Fur First Arrives
Your fur will have been packaged for a period of time resulting in some compacting and creasing of the fur garment. We recommend you hang the fur on a broad hanger in a well ventilated, low-humidity room away from direct sunlight for a day or two. This will allow the garment's shape to fall back into place, relax the fur and release loosened fur. You can use a fan or a hair-dryer on a cold air setting (do not use heat) while using your fingers to gently comb and fluff the fur.
- Some light shedding is natural and normal. Give your fur a good shake before wearing it to release loosened fur. Hold it by the shoulders and swing it out in front of you as you would a bedspread.
- Keep your fur dry. While rain sprinkles or snow flakes cannot always be avoided, exposure to too much water can lead to damaging shedding, mold and mildew.
- Never use heat or a hot hair-dryer to dry your wet fur. Shake the water off and let the coat air dry in a room with good ventilation.
- Avoid repeated friction against the fur. Such as wearing a purse or backpack that rubs against it. This can cause permanent shedding in an isolated area of the coat.
- Avoid applying perfumes, hair spray or chemicals while wearing your coat. Such chemicals will damage/discolour the fur and could cause the exposed fur to go brittle.
- If your fur appears to have developed permanent damage take it to a local professional furrier for assessment and possible repair.
- Animal fur gathers dust, oil and odours. Have your coat cleaned once a year by a professional fur cleaner. Avoid dry cleaners as they will likely use chemicals that can permanently discolour and damage your fur.
- Avoid cramming your fur between other items in a closet. This kind of friction can damage the fur and accelerate shedding.
- Hang your fur in an area that has good ventilation to prevent the hide from developing mold or mildew.
- Hang your fur on a broad padded sturdy hanger to keep the shoulders and overall shape in good condition.
- In the warm season cover your fur with a breathable cloth bag (not a plastic or vinyl bag) to ensure good ventilation.
- Never store or hang your fur in direct sunlight. Prolonged exposure can damage your fur.
- Consider storing your fur during the warm season with a local professional furrier for optimal storage conditions.