What to Look for When Buying Fur
With today’s wide variety of fur fashion, your choices are endless. So give some thought to your purchase: How will you wear your fur? Will you spend time in blue jeans and a funky knitted fur or a leather jacket lined in sheared beaver? Will you dress for an elegant night on the town in a classic mink coat? Or will a touch of fur add sophistication to your work wardrobe, with, for example, an understated fur collar on a classic wool suit? Once you decide which fur best fits your lifestyle, it’s time to start looking.
Where to Look When Buying Fur
A great place to start is at your local fur salon or department store. Feel free to browse and ask questions. Your furrier is an expert who can introduce you to the world of fur.
Whatever type of fur you choose:
Check to see that the 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 hairs, 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 fur coats actually are.
When you try on a well-made fur, it should be well-balanced, falling evenly and comfortably from your shoulders.
There should be “give” to the leather side of the fur when horizontal tension is applied.