Certainly, selling new designer furs is our main business. But, Freddy as an artist, will tell you that.
While he has been fortunate in business - what he truly loves, is the individual creative challenge of remodeling and altering older furs, leathers, shearlings and cloth garments. “It’s fun and makes the customer and me -Happy’!...and, Yes, he handles all the remodel appointments personally-because each one is the exciting artistic creation that he loves to do. Perhaps, you could say, that in New York, it is understood that “women in the know” send their friends and family to Freddy- because of his renown in turning older, not being worn furs, into totally new, exciting and so wearable- today hip fashions.
So often, Fred will tell you not to waste your money on a total remodel, but to alter it by softening those oversize shoulders, slenderizing the body and sleeves for a leaner, more flattering silhouette...shortening the length...make it reversible, make a vest, shorten it to a jacket with a detachable hood...or shear the body for a more velvety flowing drape..and so much more….
As a recognized and collected sculptor, Fred intimately understands the subtle curves and planes of a woman’s body. Although, we have pattern makers and fitters working daily in the factory, Mr. Gelb personally pins and marks his remodel creations. He then brings our European trained craft specialists into the showroom - with you -to personally discuss the look you want, what and how we will do it for you….while you are wearing the garment, or the style sample that you have chosen.
So everyone, and especially you - understands the the look and flattering silhouette fit we are doing for you.
After forty years of experience, Fred has the imagination, the “sight” and experience to visualize your New Fur...and you will be able to too! The huge inventory of countless fresh new styles and patterns will enable to try on the look and fit of your new style “so you can really see it!”
Mr. Gelb does so many remodels for stores across America, as well as for our private clientele, that often, when you want to know what your fur will look in this new style, or if it is sheared-- or how a selected Italian fabric looks in a reversible, etc.---We can show you a finished customers piece.
The fur, shearling or leather is paid for. It doesn’t owe you any money! Your investment is the expert design and European craftsmanship labor; and then you will have a exciting new today fashion that will fit your new more casual lifestyle for many years of enjoyable wear.
Did we mention making fur pillows, a throw or bedspread!!. Fred’s mother was a famous interior designer and decorator and he grew up with “Architectural digest type” furs
In the house and being made for customers!
We can only tell you what we can do with your fur by seeing it. Depending on it’s age and the condition of the leather, Freddy will allow you to do more- or less- with it.
Sometimes, on much older furs, we will not let you do any work if we don’t feel the fur has several year of wearable life in it.
Please, you can’t be annoyed if we say,”no”, we cannot allow you to waste your money...we will not work on it.
“We are in business to make money-but not to hurt people”, says. Freddy.
If you are looking for the finest fur remodel, fur alteration or fur repair specialists,
It’s us --Frederick Gelb Furs
We will make you happy and create a fashion that you will happily wear in your lifestyle today and for many years
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“An old heavy coat inti an exciting new cape”
On the remodel page with that written/ real people
25 year football shoulder to the floor coat- now she can go shopping out to dinner or to the movies -no matter how cold it is
We added a silky shiny fur collars snd cuffs and wow!! Look at her
Furs made to exact measurements with canvas fitting
to “fit like a glove”
I gained weight snd couldn’t even close my old coat/ now it’s a fabulous vest that AI love to wear.