Everyone agreements that fur is resilient, warm and long lasting. Unfortunately, it is these same features that sometimes make it possible to keep them in the wardrobe for a long time. In adequate conditions, certain types of furs can last up to 30- 40 years. No other type of clothing material can last this long, nor would you want to have a piece of clothing last so long. Could you imagine wearing pants that was in style 40 years ago?
Are you one of these people that has a fur coat in their wardrobe and that never wears them anymore? Well, you are not alone. According to National Fur Federation, approximately 1 out 5 of women in North America has a fur coat in their possession. Whether it is inherited from a family member or purchased lightly, with more than 300 million citizens in North America, that makes a lot of fur coats!
What is surprising about this fact is that most women would rather leave their fur coat in the closet than exchange or sell their coat. There are several possible reasons for this behavior. Many have sentimental attachments to their coat. For example they may have inherited their fur coats from their mother or even their grand mothers and want to keep it for sentimental reasons. But for most parts, the majority of people do not wear their fur coats because they do not fit them anymore or is out of style and old-fashioned.
Thankfully professional furriers have come up with many innovative tailoring techniques that can redesign your fur coat to look new, fashionable, and trendy. This is called fur coat remodeling and it's a new art in fur making. As long as the skins are in a good condition, furriers can now take you old existing fur coat and remodeled it into something modern. Coat remodeling can involve many aspects, but in most cases, furriers will start by "shearing" or trimming the top layer of fur, (think of it like mowing the lawn). This creates 2 distinct benefits: 1 – makes the coat lighter, 2 – makes the fur look more velvety.
In addition, professional furriers can even change the color of the fur. From purple, pink, green, the colors are endless. Furriers have figured out a way to change the color of the fur without harming the under skin.
Fur coat remodeling is a feasible way to extend to life of your coat, it is also a form of recycling or re-using a piece of clothing. Think of it as being environmentally responsible.