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How to Take Good Care of Your Fur Coat

By September 16, 2016 fur

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Caring for your apparel is simply a part of responsible garment ownership. But fur coats require a special type of care, and some of the requirements for furs vary from those of the rest of your wardrobe. If you are curious as to how to properly care for your fur coat, we have you covered. Here is a list of the steps you should take for proper maintenance of your fur coats in order to ensure that they will always look great and will last you a lifetime:

  1. When hanging your fur after each use, make sure to use a broad-shouldered hanger. Never use wire hangers, as they can damage the structure of your garment. Ensure that the closet you choose provides adequate space for your fur to receive proper air circulation and to prevent broken or crushed hairs.
  2. Avoid spraying alcohol-based products such as perfume and hairspray directly onto your furs, as the alcohol can dry out the hairs. Also be aware of makeup rubbing off onto your fur, and watch for jewelry which can get caught in your coat and cause small tears or other damage.
  3. Make sure you do not hang your fur near moth balls. No matter what you may have heard about using them in storage spaces, moth balls can be extremely damaging to furs. Moth balls work by producing a fumigant gas when they come in contact with moisture in the air. This gas can damage the hairs on your fur.
  4. Keep your furs away from cedar closets. While they may smell lovely and serve as a wonderful location for storing the rest of your wardrobe, cedar is not good for fur. Cedar absorbs moisture from the space, and the absence of moisture can cause your fur to dry out and become damaged.
  5. Never store or hang your fur in a bag, even for short-term storage in your home closet. This includes cloth bags, some of which may claim to be safe for fur storage. Storage bags prevent proper air circulation, and air circulation around your fur is essential in order to prevent it from drying out. Plus, when a bag rubs against your fur it can crush and otherwise damage the delicate hairs. Storing a fur in a bag also gives it a “worn” look, which is essentially prematurely aging your garment.
  6. Keep your fur from becoming wet; wet furs damage more easily. If your fur becomes wet, shake it out as best you can and let it air dry in a well-ventilated room. Never use a heat source to dry your coat, as the hairs on your fur can become dry and more susceptible to breakage. If your coat has become soaked through, taking it to a professional immediately is advisable in order to prevent any long-term damage.
  7. Fur coats and all other fur garments should be professionally stored in cold storage at the end of the winter season or when you are done wearing them. Storing them in a standard closet in your home is inadequate because your closets do not protect from dust or insects. For this process, finding a fur storage professional is essential. (ML Furs, for example, offers these services in our facility designed for fur storage and maintenance.) Do not use a general apparel storage provider, as they are unlikely to be equipped to address issues such as proper humidity, temperature controls, and light exposure. You need your fur storage professional to address each of these concerns in order to prevent your fur from drying out or being damaged.
  8. Having your fur stored is also a great opportunity to have it cleaned. Your fur should be professionally cleaned at least once per year. This task, like your storage process, should be completed by a fur specialist. Do not trust the cleaning of your furs to your local dry cleaner. An annual, professional cleaning will help to remove small dirt particles that have built up in your fur. The result will be a softer coat, and therefore one which is likely to last longer.
  9. When your fur is being stored and cleaned, your fur care professional will be able to check for any small tears or areas of damage, which you should have repaired right away. And if you ever discover any tears or damage, you should always have these problems addressed immediately so as to prevent any further issues.

With proper care, your fur coat is an investment that will look great season after season, and will be sure to last a lifetime.

3 Things to Consider When Buying a Fur Coat

By September 16, 2016 fur

3 Things to Consider When Buying a Fur Coat

When purchasing a new fur coat, there are a number of considerations you should keep in mind. Educating yourself about the purchasing process better prepares you to choose a coat which will bring warmth and style to your wardrobe for years to come.

Here are three things to consider when buying a fur coat:

  1. Choosing Your Seller

As with the purchase of any investment item, choosing who you buy from is a crucial part of the process. A proper seller will serve as your partner throughout the lifetime of your coat, from assisting you with selections to providing services which will extend the life of your product long after your purchase.

Fur purveyors with a well-established business are more likely to carry fur coats of the highest quality and to have the knowledge and experience to help you get the most out of your purchase. Longstanding sellers who have invested time into building strong relationships with farms and other fur providers around the world are more likely to carry a wide variety of furs in their inventory. You should also look for a seller with a knowledgeable sales or customer service staff who can answer any questions or make reliable recommendations upon request.

In addition to your original purchase, keep in mind that your fur coat will also require maintenance services such as storage, cleaning, and repair. Purchasing from a reputable seller who also offers these services will serve as a great convenience in the future. ML Furs is one of the fur market’s most reputable sellers, and in addition to carrying an inventory of some of the world’s most beautiful fur coats and accessories, we offer all of the maintenance services you need to keep your coat looking perfect. Having been in business since 1951, we have a proud history of satisfied customers, and we are confident that a fur bought from us will last you a lifetime.

  1. Choosing Your Type of Fur

Once you have decided upon your seller, you can begin to choose which fur coat option is best for you. One of the first choices that you will need to make is to decide upon the type of fur that you wish to purchase. If this is your first time purchasing a fur coat, we suggest looking at a variety of fur types in order to choose one that best suits your needs. For example, mink is the most popular type of fur, and mink coats come in a number of different colors, lengths, and styles. But prior to making your purchase, you should take a look at the other types of fur available in order to make the best selection for your style and intended wear. Chinchilla, for example, is unbelievably soft, while mink and beaver are more durable. If you are looking for something a little more eye-catching, lynx is a gorgeous choice. With the wide variety of fur options available, you can afford to take your time and consider all types of fur before deciding on the coat which best suits your style and wardrobe needs. By choosing a fur type that you love, you can ensure that you will enjoy your new fur coat for years to come.

  1. Choosing Your Length

While the length of your coat is simply a matter of preference, it is also an important consideration. A longer coat will, of course, provide additional warmth; it is also more suitable for formal occasions. A mid-length coat, although arguably less formal, is highly versatile, making it a wonderful choice for pairing with everything from jeans and a sweater to a cocktail dress. In order to decide upon a coat length, you should consider the types of events or outings to which your coat will be worn. Fortunately, beautiful fur coats come in a number of lengths, giving you a wide variety of options to suit your style.

From the slopes to the local café, a fur coat keeps you warm while elevating your style. And with all of the varieties and lengths of furs available, you can begin to build a wardrobe to meet all of your style needs and preferences. By keeping these purchasing considerations in mind, you can ensure that your fur coat investment will last you a lifetime.

MLFurs 2nd Annual Academy Award Red Carpet Wrap-Up

By March 12, 2016 Pop Culture
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First, let’s give Leonardo DiCaprio a great big congratulations on his FIRST Oscar win! As always, Leo showed a timeless and tailored sophistication, channeling the likes of Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart, wearing a bespoke Georgio Armani suit, and shined Christian Louboutin shoes.

Leonardo DiCaprio Academy Award Winner

Giorgio Armani Tuxedo and Christian Louboutin Shoes

Next, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the gentlemen that dressed to impress. We were graced with refinement and impeccable tailoring (some from unexpected places). The men of the 88th Academy Awards proved that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Gentlemen, we thank you.

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Left to right: Byung Hun Lee, Jacob Tremblay, Michael Strahan, Michael Fassbender and Eddie Redmayne

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Left to right: Abraham Attah, Jared Leto, Common, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Jason Segel

Congratulations to Jared Leto for moving up from worst dressed in 2015

Up next is the award, in the ladies category, for the worst dressed of the evening and the nominees are:

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Left to right: Amy Poehler, Kerry Washington, Kate Capshaw, and Jennifer Jasion Leigh

And the winner is:

Worst Dressed Heidi Klum

Heidi, what would Mr. Gunn say?

Now for the best dressed awards of the evening, and the nominees are:

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Left to right: Saoirse Ronan, Brie Larson, Rachel McAdams, Charlize Theron, and Kate Winslet

And the winner is:

Best Dress Academy Awards Charlize Theron

Ms. Theron, you are the epitome of style and grace.

For the first time ever, we are announcing a new category…Best Dressed Couple. The nominees are…

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Left to right: Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, Charlotte Riley and Tom Hardy, Naomi Watts and Leiv Schreiber, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, and Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney

And the winner is:

Best Dressed Couple Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney

 

 

Better Late than Never Academy Award Wrap-Up

By April 11, 2015 News and Events
Male Oscar Looks 2015

(From left to right: Damien Chazelle, Miles Teller, Bradley Cooper, Eddie Redmayne, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris)

The Oscars were awarded, the parties are over, the red carpet rolled up, and now it’s time to list the best and worst dressed of the night!

First, let’s take a moment to honor all the men that cleaned up and showed up in style. While not always traditional, with expert tailoring, these gentlemen defined polished sophistication setting an example of how to dress and impress.

Worst

The nominees for worst dressed of the night are…

Worst Looks from the 2015 Academy Awards

(From left to right: Rita Ora, Lady Gaga, Jared Leto, Chloe Grace Moretz, Kiera Knightley)

And the winner is…

Jared Leto! Sorry Jared aka Jordan Catalano.

Jared Leto Worst Dressed

Best

The nominees for best dressed of the night are…

Best Dress Ladies Academy Awards 2015

(From left to right: Zoe Saldana, Rosamunde Pike, Emma Stone, Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera)

And the winner is…

Emma Stone! “Birdman” was great, better luck next time.

Emma Stone, Best Dressed Academy Awards 2015

New York Fashion Week Top Trends 2015

By March 8, 2015 fur, News and Events
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No more #NYFW hashtags needed as this season has come and gone, leaving us plotting our wardrobes ahead in preparation for Fall 2015! Although the overall vibe at the shows this season was “stay warm,” it’s clear that it’s only a matter of time before past trends come back around. Here are a few of our favorites:

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There was a strong ’70s aesthetic in nearly every collection being shown at Lincoln Center. From high-waisted pants, flowing peasant tops and floor length floral maxi dresses brought back memories of Studio 54, feathered hair and disco. You can embrace your inner hippie with these 70’s throwbacks with a modern twist.

Plaid, checks, and gingham…oh my! Plaid and checkered prints are back in a big way. Designers have taken the typical “picnic-wear” style look and re-imagined it in a chic, sexy way. Beautiful color combinations and modern fabrics keep the classic sweetness of the looks with a modern twist.

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Embrace your sass with bright, head-turning reds. Poppy shades of red and coral will be ripe for the picking next season. Many women reserve red for Valentine’s Day or the Holidays but designers have taken red to glamorous and luxurious show-stopping everyday pieces. Be bold!

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New Touches of Tangerine

Next fall will call for touches of bright tangerine, dark orange and all colors in between. Whether you want just a touch of orange or a full length ombre sequined evening gown, orange in all of its hues are a must have for the months coming up. Play with different hues to find the perfect orange color for your skin tone.

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Each season, designers have their own unique ways to incorporate leather into their collections. This season it is being used for everything such as an accent, like elbow length leather gloves from Marc Jacobs, to full leather ensembles complete with a leather vest, coat, and pants from Ralph Lauren. Adding a few touches of leather can give any outfit a chic but edgy upgrade to freshness.

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The only thing bigger than fur trim this season is strategically-placed fringe. Fringe appeared in dozens of collections — ranging from Stevie Nicks-chic to something a little more modern. Whether it’s a fringe trimmed bag or full fringed pencil skirt this trend seems to be here to stay.  From feathers to fabric fringe is a must have this season.

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Speaking of fur….

Fur was everywhere! It’s not your grandmother’s mink coat anymore. From brightly dyed fur coats and jackets to hand bags to robes; fur has taken over the collections.  Not just furs either, shearlings made a big impact as well. Fox was the top choice this season adding luxurious touches to several collections. Fox stoles in particular, are making a big come back. Fur was used for unexpected pieces, such as a mink shirt or a monochromatic fur pencil skirt.  We saw detachable fur linings from Jason Wu, patchwork pieces from Oscar de la Renta, robes, coats, and muffs from Michael Kors, and trapper hats and shearlings from Ralph Lauren. These furs break out of the mold of stuffy and crash through the door of modern, stylish, and stimulating.

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Can’t wait to see what London Fashion Week has in store!

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