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  1. Mary Chwirut
    02 March 11, 7:25pm

    I recently inherited a fur jacket and a fur stole. I would like information on FICA’s charity program and where I might be able to donate these furs. I live in Rockville, Maryland

  2. Melissa Bruckler
    03 March 11, 7:06pm

    I have some fur collars in very good condition that my mother left me when she recently passed away. I understand you have a charity that takes donations where proceeds go to the Susan B Komen Cancer Foundation? I’d like to find out more information on this.
    Please email me with any details. Thank you very much.

    • PattieB
      19 January 12, 10:41am

      Did U know that animals suffer horrific torture on fur farms, including being skinned alive. Am not allowed to sent you a link on here, but if you care in the slightest, take the time to Google Chinese fur farms. I guarantee if you have the slightest feelings of humanity and decency, you will never even mention that you own any real fur items ever again. Your mother lived at a time when people didnt know about he cruelty of the product, but no one in modern times can claim that excuse.

      • fica
        22 August 12, 3:40pm

        Pattie….a video that is many years old that may or may not have been staged and took place in one particular place at one specific time is certainly not indicative of the practices of the fur inudstry. The industry is highly regulated throughout the world. Further, it is interesting to note that when the fur industry asked for further information on this alleged incident so that we could conduct an investigation we were denied. Finally, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand how unrealistic the concept of skinning an animal alive for its fur is. As the animal moves the fur would be damaged and cut, making it worthless. And the handler risks getting scratched and bitten. We respect your choice not to wear fur, or leather, or eat meat. But we do encourage you to seek the truth rather than to make allegations about things you clerarly know nothing about.

  3. Feruza
    18 March 11, 8:03pm

    I’m interested with FICA , please inform me about next exibition of FICA.

  4. Kathy Kerr-Carpenter
    01 September 11, 6:55pm

    The dates listed in your website and on your entry forms are 2010
    is this competition happening in 2011??

    • fica
      23 August 12, 11:49am

      Hi Kathy

      Our 2013 Fur Design Competition is coming up. I have sent you all of the details. Please feel free to enter.

  5. Janice
    14 September 11, 6:02am

    Hello,

    I am currently filling out the paperwork concerning the IFTF International fur design competition, and the entry form has confused me in the last section where it states: Confirmation that garment is available for shipping 15 Feb 2011. Would I have to fill in the box with a signature? Or state: Yes? Please let me know how I could go about filling out that box in order to complete the form, thank you.

    Janice Lee

    • fica
      23 August 12, 11:48am

      Hi Janice

      Our 2013 Fur Design Competition is coming up. I have sent you all of the details. Please feel free to enter.

  6. Andy
    17 November 11, 5:25pm

    This was a very interesting and informative read. My wife and I enjoy leather and fur very much and will always remain wearing it but this answered several questions that were lurking in my head.

    Thank you !
    Andy

  7. ELMER BILEK
    12 December 11, 1:43pm

    MY WIFE HAS A SHORT NATURAL SPOTTED CAT JACKET TRIMMED IN MINK.
    HOW CAN I GET AN ESTIMATE OF ITS VALUE?

    THANK YOU

    • fica
      22 August 12, 3:47pm

      Check out our retail locator here and pay your local retailer a visit. They will be glad to give you an estimate.

  8. Kristyn
    06 January 12, 3:10am

    ….. And it doesnt just take 1 animal to get just one coat it takes A LOT of animals for that 1 cote that may look pretty but eventually you will grow out of it like everything else in your wardrobe. Animals are ALIVE. They deserve to be treated with RESPECT. Visit PETA’s website and maybe you can learn something from them! thanks!

    • fica
      22 August 12, 3:52pm

      Kristyn….thanks for your comment. First, you might want to check your spelling aptitude. I believe the word is COAT. More importantly, we agree….if you want to learn more about peta go to http://www.petakillsanimals.com.

  9. Corey
    14 March 12, 8:28pm

    There sure is a lot of fur on this website.. Interesting how you neglected to show the animals it once belonged to.

    • fica
      22 August 12, 3:41pm

      We are a website about fur fashion so it is most appropriate that we show apparel and accessories. If you are looking for pictures of animals might we suggest a zoology website?

  10. Emily
    26 March 12, 11:21am

    SAKS in Boca recommended I have my furs appraised for a donation tax-credit and referred me to The St. Lucie Appraisal Co from Fort Pierce, Florida. The appraiser did a wonderful job preparing the reports on each garment along with the necessary IRS forms. I highly recommended St. Lucie Appraisal as fur appraisers in Florida.

    • fica
      22 August 12, 3:34pm

      Thanks for sharing!

  11. Emma
    25 May 12, 3:14pm

    Great designs!

    • fica
      22 August 12, 3:33pm

      Thanks! Keep checking in! And for other great fur sites check out http://www.furinsider.com and The Fur Insider facebook page.

  12. kerry dika
    31 May 12, 7:56am

    This organization is pathetic! To take the life of an animal for any reason is morally wrong! Animals don’t want to die just like humans don’t! If you really want to donate your fur, donate it to an organization that utilizes it for orphaned baby animals due to trapping.

    • fica
      22 August 12, 3:45pm

      We certainly respect your opinion. However many, in fact the great majority, do elect to wear leather, silk or fur, eat meat and support animal testing for medical purposes. Moreover, the majority also support freedom of choice. So, while we respect your choice not to wear fur, we ask that you support the choice of others to do as they choose. After all, the concept of moral superiority throughout history has never led to anything positive….just wars and genocide.

  13. 09 July 12, 5:27pm

    Good Afternoon,

    My fiancé and I own two what we believe to be rabbit fur blankets/rugs. We were both deployed to Afghanistan and that is where we were able to buy them. Unfortunately, as it turns out, we are both highly allergic to the fur and we wish to sell both of the blankets. Does your organization have any recommendations or reference for fur consumers anywhere in Louisiana, Texas, or the West Coast (as we will be there this time next year). Any information you may be able to provide will help us immensely. We have posted on Craigslist and other sites and we haven’t had very much luck. Thanks so much in advance!

    Graciously,
    James and Ariana

    • fica
      22 August 12, 3:33pm

      Thank you for checking in with us! Here are two ideas….First, check out our retail locator and contact retailers in your area. Second, if you have a facebook account do a search for sites with the word fur. There is a good site called We Love Fur. Her you will have an audience of people interested in fur products. Good luck!

  14. Johnna Bryant
    22 July 12, 12:05am

    I live in central California and have a silver fox fur jacket I would like to sell. Could you guide me to an outlet to do so? Thanks

    • fica
      22 August 12, 3:29pm

      The best recommendation is to check out our retail locator here and contact retailers nearest you. Good luck!

      • Misty
        12 November 15, 7:33am

        When you say refer to your retail locator, do you mean the “Where to Buy” section on the top of the page? Sorry. I just feel silly that I can’t find it.

        • FICA
          07 December 15, 12:52pm

          Yes…the “Where to Buy” section. Sorry for any confusion!

  15. 20 August 12, 12:23pm

    On the 2013IFTF ReMix International Fur Design Competition Categories and Entry Requirements, under the “Pimp my Coat” category, it states that a photograph of a vintage coat was attached as a design template. I did not receive the attached photograph. I was hoping you could send it to me. I have several students who are interested in that competition. Thanks.
    Judy

    • fica
      23 August 12, 11:04am

      Hi there Judy

      Thank you so much for your question and interest in this exciting fur design competition. It is really a fabulous opportunity for your students and your school in general. I have sent you an email with the requested information. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly with any further questions you may have.

      best
      Nicole Smith
      (323)782-1700

  16. CarolV
    16 October 12, 10:47am

    Hi, I’ve submitted my designs for both the Remix and the Pimp my coat competitions, but haven’t seen a list of the ones that were chosen. Did you contact the students already??

    Thank you,

    Carolina

    • fica
      06 November 12, 12:00pm

      Hi Carolina

      Thanks for your entry. Check your email….I sent out the update today. You have been chosen as the US finalist for the PIMP MY Coat Category! Congrats

  17. sharon miller
    19 August 13, 9:50am

    I recently inherited a fur coat from my mother, I am trying to find out if it is real or fake fur, there is not a tag in the coat. The only tag states “Clean by fur method do not brush, press or steam.”. I tried the locator for my area (within 100 miles) and did not get an answer. So I take there is not anyone within 100 miles for me to take the coat to and find out the value of the coat. I live in central S. C. Thank you for any advice.

    • Nicole Smith
      01 April 15, 11:05am

      You can go in our “Where to Buy” section and put in a zip code and see what member furriers come up in your area

  18. Joanne
    22 January 14, 6:25pm

    Hello
    I have two fur coat/jacket both which are vintage. I believe I have a Chinchilla ( I think) jacket a friend gave to me years ago. I also have a cheetah leopard coat which my mother bought in or about 1957 and would love to know how much these both are worth. The jacket only has an embroidery flowers on the inside lining and the coat is a Safari Fairmoor brand. Thank you for all your help and have a great week!

    • Nicole Smith
      01 April 15, 11:04am

      You can go in our “Where to Buy” section and put in a zip code and see what member furriers come up in your area

  19. Phyllis
    25 August 14, 5:58am

    I have a vintage fur stole, found among my late Mothers things. How do I get it appraised? It is very old, it belonged to my Grandmother. It is in very good condition. There is no label inside just a design. I live in North East Florida. Thank you.

    • Nicole Smith
      01 April 15, 11:00am

      Hi Phyllis
      You can go in our “Where to Buy” section and put in a zip code and see what member furriers come up in your area

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  21. Linda Bernal
    18 December 14, 3:00pm

    I was recently given a golden textured mink fur coat, made in Germany, by one of my girlfriends. It was her aunt’s. It’s in beautiful condition, but it needs to be updated.
    I need to locate a reputable furrier who can revamp the coat a bit. I am looking for someone in the Cherry Hill NJ area.

    • Nicole Smith
      01 April 15, 10:58am

      Hi Linda

      You can go in our “Where to Buy” section and put in a zip code and see what member furriers come up in your area

  22. Julia Stephenson
    06 January 15, 7:11pm

    I would like to know of any local furriers in my area of Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

    • Nicole Smith
      01 April 15, 10:57am

      Hi Julia

      You can go in our “Where to Buy” section and put in a zip code and see what member furriers come up in your area

  23. Julia Stephenson
    06 January 15, 7:15pm

    I am interested in training to be a furrier and looking for workshops/training. Any information about furrier training in the US is greatly appreciated.

    • Nicole Smith
      01 April 15, 10:56am

      Hi there Julia

      If you are in the NYC area I suggest you contact one of our member partners Jonevon Furs and ask for John Petkanas (212) 714-0645. Let him know that FICA referred you.

      best of luck!

  24. Sandy
    07 September 15, 8:38pm

    I recently purchased two bobcat pelts at an archery festival in northern Pennsylvania (Denton Hill). I am looking for a furrier in my central NJ area that will make them into hats for me. So far I have had no luck. The pelts have the official state hunting registration on each. The pelts were not trapped; they were either shot via rifle or arrow.
    Could someone please help me? I want to make sure that they have been properly “tanned” if you will and are ready for use. I have several fur hats and absolutely love them. There is nothing warmer, especially when traveling in NH, VT, and ME.
    Any help will be greatly appreciated. I don’t feel I am experienced enough to try and sew them myself. That would be like dishonoring the animal.

    • FICA
      07 December 15, 12:57pm

      Hi Sandy! Sorry for the delayed response. As a first step, please click on our “Where to Buy” page and find the fur retailer nearest you. If you need further assistance please do not hesitate to reach out.

  25. sandy landi
    09 October 15, 11:07am

    thought your site would help me sell my Silver Fox New could you please advise me Thank you

    • FICA
      07 December 15, 12:55pm

      Hi Sandy! Thanks for visiting our site. So sorry for the delayed response…we have been having some technical glitches. As a first suggestion, go to our “Where to Buy” page to find the member retailer nearest to you. The market for vintage furs has been growing in recent years and fur retailers are looking for vintage furs in good condition. If you need further assistance please do not hesitate to reach out. We do have several members that have recently initiated online sites for vintage furs and I can direct you to them.

  26. diane
    15 November 15, 8:09am

    I have long fur lined leather I bought at Bloomindales in 1987. As you probably can imagine it has the big padded shoulders. Where can I find someone to update it in the DC/VA area?

    • FICA
      07 December 15, 12:51pm

      So sorry for the delayed reply. Please go to the retail locator here and plug in your city or zip code for the retailer nearest you.

      • FICA
        07 December 15, 12:53pm

        To clarify…our retail locator is our “Where to Buy” page.

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