Refashioning Your Mom’s Old Fur

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You found a great old mink in your mom’s attic that she says you can have. But one sleeve is ripped, or it’s just hopelessly outdated. What can you do with all that gorgeous fur? You won’t wear it as is, but are reluctant to let it go to a thrift shop or throw it out. Take it down to your favorite furrier, Marc Kaufman, in New York’s Garment District. Our expert furriers will assess it for you, and let you know if it’s a good candidate to be re-cut into an updated style. It might also be suitable for shearing—shaving the fur to a shorter length, which gives it a completely different look.

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Give that 1980s era fur you have lying around the back of your closet a new lease on life and head down to your favorite furrier for a revamping today!

Yes. your old coat can be remodeled to give you a new look that is absolutely on trend for the coming season.  So let’s get started!  By the look of it, the classic A-line coat –let’s say the quintessential floor-length 1980′s mink coat– is the easiest one to rework. “Why?” You may ask? Its lines are so clean that it’s the closest thing to a clean slate to cut into. Yes, fur is a wooly-leather and if well taken care of, it can be reconditioned and given a substantial revamping to last a long time.

Christian Dior – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

St. John – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

The two main zones that can be most easily and effectively altered in reimaging a coat are the collar and length.

Alberta Ferretti – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Jean Paul Gaultier – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Carmen Marc Valvo – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Carven – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Collarless coats are nothing new and can look extremely elegant. Ask your furrier if a trim of leather should be applied to clean and update the line. If you’re the cozy type, why not add a large collar? It’s a small investment than can literally transform a coat.

Christian Cota – Fall 2012-Winter 2013
The Row – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Sonia Rykiel – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Fendi – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Then, comes the length. Just like a haircut, cutting and raising the proportions can lighten up the silhouette and update it, making it youthful or sporty or chic. Your furrier will be able to help guide you to the right length (PS: make sure to go there with two shoes’ heights with you –flats and high-heels– to see what works best!).

Gucci – Fall 2012-Winter 2013

As witnessed with these past few collections , the vest is becoming a democratic garment, presented in various lengths and proportions. So, why not remove your fur coat’s sleeves altogether and come-up with an entirely new garment (you can then have the sleeves put-on another garment). Of course, make sure to take your sartorial affinities in mind before beginning to cut up your old coat.  As seen during the past fashion cycle, some vests are short others are long.

Call us today to set up a consultation for you and your fur and let us show you how to give it a brand new lease on life this Season!

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Come by Marc Kaufman Furs to check out our extensive collection of Russian sable coats, mink strollers, fox jackets, Canadian lynx jackets, American lynx jackets, knit mink capes, and chinchilla coats, and more! Or contact us about designing your own piece from scratch, and we will custom make the garment to your specifications.

We have a beautiful collection of unique designer furs for rent at every price range. If you are interested in renting a fur, come in and see what kinds of furs we have in stock and what’s available for fur rental in your size.

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