Proper care of your fur garment will ensure that you will be able to wear it for years. It is important to protect all parts of the fur: Guard hairs are the long, coarse hairs that form a protective coating over the undercoat of a mammal. Underfur is a growth of short hair or fur partly concealed by the longer guard hairs.
To maintain the appearance of your garment, hang on a padded hanger and avoid things that could snag or mat the fur (pins, sharp jewelry, handbag handles, etc.). Also avoid spraying alcohol-based things like perfume or hair products while wearing your fur, as these can dry it out.
While rain and snow bead up and run off most furs, a damp fur should still be hung in a well-ventilated room to dry, away from heat that can dry out the fur too much. A fur specialist should take care of a garment that has been soaked through.
If you will not be wearing your fur for extended periods of time, store in an environment specifically designed for fur such as a climate-controlled storage, which can protect from damaging humidity, heat, light, and insects. A fur specialist should also clean and condition your fur on a regular basis. This can include removing dirt without damaging the garment and restoring oils on the leather side. Some furriers will also glaze the fur to restore the luster.
Beaver offers two distinct looks depending on how it is treated. Long guard hairs give the natural fur a luxurious luster, while sheared beaver changes the feel to a soft texture. Natural beaver fur ranges in color from dark brown to silver.
Short calf hair provides a sleek element on accessories and garments, adding a velvety texture.
Immediately recognizable, chinchilla features a distinct chevron pattern of silvery gray/brown top hair with dense, darker underfur. The incredibly soft fur offers an almost cloud-like texture that's so light and airy you might not even notice you're wearing it. The lustrous sheen and multi-dimensional colorations always make a statement.
The dense, long fur of the coyote creates a durable garment and plush trim. The natural colors of coyote range from tan to grey.
The plush qualities of fox fur make it a favorite for trimming garments. Fox fur features full, dense underfur and soft, sleek guard hairs.
With so many varieties of lamb, each type offers you a distinct look. Persian lamb features a distinct flat curl pattern which offers a sophisticated luster. Mongolian lamb offers a full look with its light, silky hair. Shearling is sheared lamb with a sueded side.
Eternally timeless, mink is often the first fur people think of when they imagine owning a fur coat. With an exquisitely soft hand feel, mink has a clear and uniform color with high sheen. The mink pelt has silky, even guard hairs with dense underfur.
A chameleon-like fur, rabbit is popular for its versatility, which allows it to be manipulated to resemble other furs. Without prominent guard hair, rex rabbit is a silkier, denser fur that is similar to the feel of chinchilla or sheared mink.
A durable fur, raccoon features distinctive long silvered guard hairs with black tips. With an abundance of guard hair, raccoon fur creates a heavier garment ideal for blocking out the coldest weather.
One of the finest furs available, the deeply furred sable pelt features longer guard hairs that catch the light. The lustrous fur is prized for its silky look and light weight.