Frequently Asked Questions

Remodeling

1. I inhereted my grandmother's fur. I think it is really cool but I don’t like the buttons? Can I remove them?


Yes and No: “The No" Most often, the fur underneath and around the buttons is badly rubbed. The fur has oxidized and finding a match to replace the areas is generally- not able to be done. But, I’m telling you that the retro furs that were designed for button closings can look even more “today-hip and cool”! You can replace the old fashioned buttons with exciting jump out buttons that enhance the entire “Madmen-Marilyn” chic look. I often will send or take a customer to a well known accessories shop and we pick out fantastic matching and enhancing buttons to the fabric and the fur. Recently, we put a set of Diamond look-crystal studded looking buttons and and another with the black jade with gold trim look on a new and a retro old fur. Now, with a few other touch ups, they can’t wear either one of these “new” old furs without being stopped and complimented a few times each day and the referrals to me have been amazing! “The Yes" If the old buttons weren't too big or if they did not rub the below area fur too much, we can cut out the small worn area and wet stretch the old fur to fill in the small gap. Then we will put new, appropriate hook and eye closings measured for you. Again, we have to see the fur to give you an answer, Also, we want to be able to always determine the condition of the leather before we let you spend even the smallest amount of money.




9. My reversible fur uses button and loop closings. Can I replace them with a less obvious closing?


Generally, reversible furs have loops and buttons on both the fur and fabric sides. There will be one set of loops so the garment overlaps from left to right- on one side,and from right to left on the other using the one set of loops. Occasionally, a garment will be made to close using small wire hooks and eyes on the fur side and loops and buttons on the fabric side. But, the hooks do show when the fabric side is open. You can only close the garment on the fabric side, by using buttons and loops. Hooks and rings will pull and tear the material.





Cleaning & Storage

3. I hardly wore my fur, why should I get it cleaned?


Actually, your fur will retain dirt and air particles more than any other article of your clothing. How many times have you come home and been amazed at how dirty your face was from the unfortunate normal degree of air pollution! You know that your hair get dirty by just catching all the minute air particles and absorbing odors. In the same way, the hair of the fur absorbs, attract and holds these normal everyday and everywhere soiling. Imagine resting your head on the seat of your car, in the cab, against an elevator wall--you would wash it everyday! Yes, even if you hardly wear your furs, you should definitely clean your fur every other year. OK, but I keep my house very clean and I didn’t wear it as much this year. Well,let me ask you This..why do you have to dust and clean your house every week? When you go on vacation, and your doors and windows are closed, why is there a layer of dust on your tables and possessions when you get home.! We live in a natural world, where the flow of air and particles brings dust and dirt to the most unusual places. Again, the hair of your fur acts like an attracting duster to these particles. This is another reason that we recommend that you periodically shake out your fur like a blanket before putting it on. When you make your bed, don’t you shake out the duvet or bed cover before laying it down.




4. My friend told me to keep my fur in a cloth bag to protect it. Should I?


Protect it from what? Your fur needs fresh air. In effect the leather and fur hair “need to breathe”. Even in a closet there is a flow of air. Enclosing it will promote that musky smell that you have seen when you take any article oout that was left in an enclosed space. The bag does not protect it from moths-it actually promotes their enclosed nesting. The temperature will be warmer in the bag than your home. This enhances the drying out of the leather. The bag will keep pressing the hair down, and in time, the fur hair will remain in a flattened down position. It would be like the way your hair looks after you have worn a hat for just a short time. So, No, absolutely do not leave your fur in an enclosed bag.




7. My basement is very dry, couldn’t I keep my furs there during the summer?


If your basement is dry and not humid during the summer-than it is definitely much too warm to keep your furs. Excess dryness and heat are very bad for furs. The leather, which can no longer replenish it’s natural oil, will dry out and age much more rapidly. The leather will become stiff, be subject to cracking and the hold on the hairs will be weakened. You want an environment where it is very cool to feeling cold, with a slight rejuvenating degree of controlled humidity and constant fan blown air movement. You can only get this life extending treatment in a true cold storage vault. You own a valuable product. If you take normal car of the fur, it will look beautifully new and last a very long time




8. My house and my car are always clean, why do I need to clean my fur?


You clean your cloth coats, sweaters and clothes..why wouldn’t you need to clean your fur? Actually, your fur will retain dirt and air particles more than any other article of your clothing. How many times have you come home and been amazed at how dirty your face was from the unfortunate normal degree of air pollution! You know that your hair get dirty by just catching all the minute air particles and absorbing odors. In the same way, the hair of your fur absorbs, attract and holds these normal everyday, and everywhere soiling. The harsh pollutants in the are damaging to your fur. Imagine resting your head on the seat of your car, in a cab, against an elevator wall--you would wash it everyday! Cleaning your fur removes all of the pollutant particles and soil and will give it many more years of beautiful and durable wear.




10. You clean your cloth coats and sweaters, why wouldn't you clean your fur?


Even if you hardly wear your furs, you should definitely clean your fur every other year. But, I keep my house very clean and I didn’t wear it as much this year. Well, let me ask you this..Why do you have to dust and clean your house every week? When you go on vacation, and your doors and windows are closed, why is there a layer of dust on your tables and possessions when you get home! We live in a natural world, where the flow of air and particles brings dust and dirt to the most unusual places. Again, the hair of your fur acts like a dirt attracting duster to these particles. This is another reason that we recommend that you periodically shake out your fur like a blanket before putting it on. When you make your bed, don’t you shake out the duvet or bed cover before laying it down.





General

2. Can you do repairs at your showroom location?


YES - Our huge, full floor factory factory showroom, is staffed by expert European furriers. They are trained in every facet of fur manufacturing and maintenance. This enables us to do the smallest, or the most difficult repairs almost immediately. The actual crafts people will come to the showroom to see you in the garment and the necessary work. We don’t send work out. Stores across America ,and our private customers send their many different repairs to us. They use our multifaceted services To replace or repair torn fur areas, sew up linings, replace hooks, clean stains and... so much more. So, if you you suddenly see a rip in your sleeve, or anything else, call us and come in. It will be repaired the right way - to last- and at a fair wholesale factory price. 212.239.8787 Please also know, that if it shouldn't be repaired...for a reason we show you and explain: We Won’t allow you to waste your money. That is our professional responsibility




6. My wire hooks on my fur coat don’t keep my fur closed, How can I keep my fur from constantly opening


The wire hooks, by necessity cannot be that stiff. Over time, they get softer from the constant bending closed and prying them open. Also, the constant shifting torque strain on them of our movement in the coat weakens them and pulls the handsewn hook out. They can be sewn back in and replaced, but it will happen again. The rings are hand sewn on,or partially into the leather. Unfortunately, a severe tug, such as uncomfortably getting in or out of the car, can rip them out. Sometimes, the closing is pulling the two sides too tight for the actual comfortable proper fit and strains their hold. This happens if the the coat is too small or if the owner is attempting to look leaner in the coat than they actually are. In either of these cases, the rings should be moved in closer to the center tuxedo to allow more room. The garment may be too big or the hooks and rings may be too loose and not be lined up correctly. This causes the fur to shift and move more than necessary and also strains the hooks and rings. The hooks and rings should be placed so the overlay front should drape flat without any degree of pulling or bagging.

  • By the way, when we get furs in for summer cold storage, one of the first things we do is to check to see the condition of the hooks and rings. They are normally tightened and replaced as part of normal detailed yearly maintenance while in cold storage.




5. Are European snap-spring hooks better to keep a fur coat closed?


The second type of closings are called European hooks and eyes. These are moveable snap click closings that are metal or plastic. They operate using a hinge and have a small bump and receiving hole so they click into place. You have to press the hook to click it closed, Then you have to pry-pop to open it. It is, in effect, a manual “male/female”closure. The french curved male part goes through the ring on the other side and then snaps closed into the receiving indent. The snap and ring hold closed under strain, because not only are they a stiff durable material, but they are must be sewn into, and operate from the back of the leather to the front. Some women object because they are more apparent visually when the garment is open. However, I have found that this is an initial overly critical reaction. After people have them-they don’t “see them”, and are so happy with their stronger working ability. The one problem is that while they hold the garment firmly closed, under the most difficult conditions, they can rip the the fur, while staying closed, when a lady sits down or gets up from a difficult position. I always tell my customers to open the bottom hooks when they get into a car, like a man who lifts his pants and pops open his jacket button before he sits down.




11. All right, I accept that I have to use buttons with my reversible. How can I make them look better?


So, you do remember saying to your girlfriend that, “I’m not that crazy about him, but he is so good looking”!! I think this should come out. There are plain and ugly buttons, and there are exciting attractive buttons. So, change the buttons. My wife used to go to Loehmann’s and buy a blazer with plastic buttons. She then went to a renowned couture button store and bought exciting buttons that often cost as much as the jacket. She had them sewn on, and would get compliments and admiring looks from other women about the blazer. Before she told them, they thought, she had spent five times as much at an exclusive designer store. We have also, always recommended, letting us make you matching fabric buttons form the material at no extra charge. Elegant buttons don’t have to be ostentatious, But, you know that you can have the greatest outfit- but it only really comes together as a complete look when you accessorize with the rings, bracelets and earrings. We always encourage our private customer to select attractive buttons to a new reversible or remodel that they buy from us. Here’s an important tip: **Always buy two more buttons than you need. Over the lifetime of the garment you will lose one and one will break. You will replace one or two buttons for the cost of a few stitches and not have to replace all the buttons





All

3. I hardly wore my fur, why should I get it cleaned?


Actually, your fur will retain dirt and air particles more than any other article of your clothing. How many times have you come home and been amazed at how dirty your face was from the unfortunate normal degree of air pollution! You know that your hair get dirty by just catching all the minute air particles and absorbing odors. In the same way, the hair of the fur absorbs, attract and holds these normal everyday and everywhere soiling. Imagine resting your head on the seat of your car, in the cab, against an elevator wall--you would wash it everyday! Yes, even if you hardly wear your furs, you should definitely clean your fur every other year. OK, but I keep my house very clean and I didn’t wear it as much this year. Well,let me ask you yhis..why do you have to dust and clean your house every week? When you go on vacation,and your doors and windows are closed, why is there a layer of dust on your tables and possessions when you get home! We live in a natural world, where the flow of air and particles brings dust and dirt to the most unusual places. Again, the hair of your fur acts like an attracting duster to these particles. This is another reason that we recommend that you periodically shake out your fur like a blanket before putting it on. When you make your bed, don’t you shake out the duvet or bed cover before laying it down?




4. My friend told me to keep my fur in a cloth bag to protect it. Should I?


Protect it from what? Your fur needs fresh air. In effect the leather and fur hair “need to breathe”. Even in a closet there is a flow of air. Enclosing it will promote that musky smell that you have seen when you take any article oout that was left in an enclosed space.

  • The bag does not protect it from moths-it actually promotes their enclosed nesting.
The temperature will be warmer in the bag than your home. This enhances the drying out of the leather. The bag will keep pressing the hair down, and in time, the fur hair will remain in a flattened down position. It would be like the way your hair looks after you have worn a hat for just a short time. So, No, absolutely do not leave your fur in an enclosed bag.




5. Are European snap-spring hooks better to keep a fur coat closed?


The second type of closings are called European hooks and eyes. These are moveable snap click closings that are metal or plastic. They operate using a hinge and have a small bump and receiving hole so they click into place. You have to press the hook to click it closed, Then you have to pry-pop to open it. It is, in effect, a manual “male/female”closure. The french curved male part goes through the ring on the other side and then snaps closed into the receiving indent. The snap and ring hold closed under strain, because not only are they a stiff durable material, but they are must be sewn into, and operate from the back of the leather to the front. Some women object because they are more apparent visually when the garment is open. However, I have found that this is an initial overly critical reaction. After people have them-they don’t “see them”, and are so happy with their stronger working ability. The one problem is that while they hold the garment firmly closed, under the most difficult conditions, they can rip the the fur, while staying closed, when a lady sits down or gets up from a difficult position. I always tell my customers to open the bottom hooks when they get into a car, like a man who lifts his pants and pops open his jacket button before he sits down.




7. My basement is very dry, couldn’t I keep my furs there during the summer?


If your basement is dry and not humid during the summer-than it is definitely much too warm to keep your furs. Excess dryness and heat are very bad for furs. The leather, which can no longer replenish it’s natural oil, will dry out and age much more rapidly. The leather will become stiff, be subject to cracking and the hold on the hairs will be weakened. You want an environment where it is very cool to feeling cold, with a slight rejuvenating degree of controlled humidity and constant fan blown air movement. You can only get this life extending treatment in a true cold storage vault. You own a valuable product. If you take normal car of the fur, it will look beautifully new and last a very long time




8. My house and my car are always clean, why do I need to clean my fur?


You clean your cloth coats, sweaters and clothes..why wouldn’t you need to clean your fur? Actually, your fur will retain dirt and air particles more than any other article of your clothing. How many times have you come home and been amazed at how dirty your face was from the unfortunate normal degree of air pollution! You know that your hair get dirty by just catching all the minute air particles and absorbing odors. In the same way, the hair of your fur absorbs, attract and holds these normal everyday, and everywhere soiling. The harsh pollutants in the are damaging to your fur. Imagine resting your head on the seat of your car, in a cab, against an elevator wall--you would wash it everyday! Cleaning your fur removes all of the pollutant particles and soil and will give it many more years of beautiful and durable wear.




10. You clean your cloth coats and sweaters, why wouldn't you clean your fur?


Even if you hardly wear your furs, you should definitely clean your fur every other year. But, I keep my house very clean and I didn’t wear it as much this year. Well, let me ask you this, why do you have to dust and clean your house every week? When you go on vacation, and your doors and windows are closed, why is there a layer of dust on your tables and possessions when you get home! We live in a natural world, where the flow of air and particles brings dust and dirt to the most unusual places. Again, the hair of your fur acts like a dirt attracting duster to these particles. This is another reason that we recommend that you periodically shake out your fur like a blanket before putting it on. When you make your bed, don’t you shake out the duvet or bed cover before laying it down.




11. All right, I accept that I have to use buttons with my reversible. How can I make them look better?


So, you do remember saying to your girlfriend that, “I’m not that crazy about him, but he is so good looking”!! I think this should come out. There are plain and ugly buttons, and there are exciting attractive buttons. So, change the buttons. My wife used to go to Loehmann’s and buy a blazer with plastic buttons. She then went to a renowned couture button store and bought exciting buttons that often cost as much as the jacket. She had them sewn on, and would get compliments and admiring looks from other women about the blazer. Before she told them, they thought, she had spent five times as much at an exclusive designer store. We have also, always recommended, letting us make you matching fabric buttons form the material at no extra charge. Elegant buttons don’t have to be ostentatious, But, you know that you can have the greatest outfit- but it only really comes together as a complete look when you accessorize with the rings, bracelets and earrings. We always encourage our private customer to select attractive buttons to a new reversible or remodel that they buy from us. Here’s an important tip: **Always buy two more buttons than you need. Over the lifetime of the garment you will lose one and one will break. You will replace one or two buttons for the cost of a few stitches and not have to replace all the buttons




1. I inherited my grandmother's fur. I think it is really cool but I don’t like the buttons? Can I remove them?


Yes and No: “The No" Most often, the fur underneath and around the buttons is badly rubbed. The fur has oxidized and finding a match to replace the areas is generally- not able to be done. But, I’m telling you that the retro furs that were designed for button closings can look even more “today-hip and cool”! You can replace the old fashioned buttons with exciting jump out buttons that enhance the entire “Madmen-Marilyn” chic look. I often will send or take a customer to a well known accessories shop and we pick out fantastic matching and enhancing buttons to the fabric and the fur. Recently, we put a set of Diamond look-crystal studded looking buttons and and another with the black jade with gold trim look on a new and a retro old fur. Now, with a few other touch ups, they can’t wear either one of these “new” old furs without being stopped and complimented a few times each day and the referrals to me have been amazing! “The Yes" If the old buttons weren't too big or if they did not rub the below area fur too much, we can cut out the small worn area and wet stretch the old fur to fill in the small gap. Then we will put new, appropriate hook and eye closings measured for you. Again, we have to see the fur to give you an answer, Also, we want to be able to always determine the condition of the leather before we let you spend even the smallest amount of money.




9. My reversible fur uses button and loop closings. Can I replace them with a less obvious closing?


Generally, reversible furs have loops and buttons on both the fur and fabric sides. There will be one set of loops so the garment overlaps from left to right- on one side, and from right to left on the other using the one set of loops. Occasionally, a garment will be made to close using small wire hooks and eyes on the fur side and loops and buttons on the fabric side. But, the hooks do show when the fabric side is open. You can only close the garment on the fabric side, by using buttons and loops. Hooks and rings will pull and tear the material.




2. Can you do repairs at your showroom location?


YES - Our huge, full floor factory factory showroom, is staffed by expert European furriers. They are trained in every facet of fur manufacturing and maintenance. This enables us to dothe smallest, or the most difficult repairs almost immediately. The actual crafts people will come to the showroom to see you in the garment and the necessary work. We don’t send work out. Stores across America ,and our private customers send their many different repairs to us. They use our multifaceted services to replace or repair torn fur areas, sew up linings, replace hooks, clean stains and... so much more. So, if you you suddenly see a rip in your sleeve, or anything else, call us and come in. It will be repaired the right way - to last- and at a fair wholesale factory price. 212.239.8787 Please also know, that if it shouldn't be repaired...for a reason we show you and explain: We Won’t allow you to waste your money. That is our professional responsibility.




6. My wire hooks on my fur coat don’t keep my fur closed, How can I keep my fur from constantly opening


The wire hooks, by necessity cannot be that stiff. Over time, they get softer from the constant bending closed and prying them open. Also, the constant shifting torque strain on them of our movement in the coat weakens them and pulls the handsewn hook out. They can be sewn back in and replaced, but it will happen again. The rings are hand sewn on,or partially into the leather. Unfortunately, a severe tug, such as uncomfortably getting in or out of the car, can rip them out. Sometimes, the closing is pulling the two sides too tight for the actual comfortable proper fit and strains their hold. This happens if the the coat is too small or if the owner is attempting to look leaner in the coat than they actually are. In either of these cases, the rings should be moved in closer to the center tuxedo to allow more room. The garment may be too big or the hooks and rings may be too loose and not be lined up correctly. This causes the fur to shift and move more than necessary and also strains the hooks and rings. The hooks and rings should be placed so the overlay front should drape flat without any degree of pulling or bagging.

  • By the way, when we get furs in for summer cold storage, one of the first things we do is to check to see the condition of the hooks and rings. They are normally tightened and replaced as part of normal detailed yearly maintenance while in cold storage.





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