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How to Choose Fur Accessories

By October 4, 2016 accessories, fur

How to Choose Fur Accessories

Accessories are a simple way to incorporate fur into your everyday style. They offer the luxury and glamour of fur in a versatile package, and make the perfect accompaniment for even a casual ensemble. Fur accessories come in a number of styles, from hats to muffs and everything in between. Here are some of our top accessories, all of which add a touch of fur to your wardrobe and confidence to your style:

  • Fur hats

Fur hats offer ultimate warmth, comfort, and luxury in one simple and beautiful accessory. Hats come in a number of styles and fur types, and allow you to add softness and glamour to any look. Pom-pom hats offer feminine flair, while slouch hats show off a more relaxed style. For a simpler statement, try a cashmere hat with a fur pom-pom or brim. Fur hats also come in beret, fur brim, fedora, floppy, derby, and cap styles, giving you endless fashion options.

  • Fur handbags

A handbag allows you to incorporate fur into your style year-round. Fur handbags are incredible statement pieces which flatter every wardrobe and wearer. Available in a number of fur types and styles, a handbag looks fabulous whether paired with other fur items or carried on its own.

  • Fur gloves and mittens

Fur gloves and mittens are unbelievably warm and flatter any style of outerwear. Choose from complete fur mitten styles or from leather gloves with fur detailing. Fur mittens and gloves can be purchased on their own or are offered as sets along with fur scarves and/or hats for ultimate convenience. These accessories are perfectly suited for keeping out the cold while preserving your personal style.

  • Fur earmuffs

Earmuffs are the perfect choice when you want the warmth of fur but seek a simple, unencumbered overall look. Fur earmuffs are easy to carry with you and to store once you reach your destination, and can be worn when the weather does not require a coat or hat. Fur earmuffs can be perfectly paired with other fur items, or worn on their own with anything from casualwear to a little black dress.

  • Fur scarves, shawls, and muffs

Fur shawls are incredibly versatile, and can be used for everything from dressing up a pair of jeans and a sweater to perfectly complementing a formal gown. Scarves and shawls add luxury and warmth to any look, making them an essential part of any wardrobe. For something more formal, try a fur muff. Muffs offer an air of classic glamour, making a bold statement while still providing fur’s classic warmth. Best of all, fur muffs have zippered compartments for storing your keys, phone, and ID, making them a perfect choice for a night on the town.

Whichever fur accessories you choose, there will be endless ways to wear and incorporate these flattering pieces into your style. With all of the fur accessory options available, you are sure to find something you will love.

Five Types of Fur to Keep in Your Wardrobe

By October 4, 2016 fur

Five Types of Fur to Keep in Your Wardrobe

Fur is adored throughout the world due to its beauty and warmth. Fur offers an elegant solution to winter weather, and fur coats and accessories evoke style and sophistication everywhere from the ski lodge to the city street. The following are five types of fur to keep in your closet based on their beauty, softness, versatility, and longevity of wear:

  1. Mink

Mink has long been among the most popular fur choices for formal coats, gorgeous vests, stylish hats, and other accessories. In addition to its softness and beauty, mink’s strongest attribute is its durability. While all fur is delicate, mink can be subjected to even the harshest of elements and still come out looking beautiful. Mink comes in a variety of natural colors, making it the perfect luxurious fur for any number of wardrobe options. Mink can also be sheared for more casual coats and other clothing and accessories, making it a great choice even for everyday wear.

  1. Beaver

Beaver is an extremely popular fur, as it can be sheared into a variety of textures and patterns to produce some of the most beautiful coats in the world. The natural beaver pelt is made of very long and silky strands of hair. But by shearing the fur, designers can create various styles and designs, giving you a striking look. Beaver is most often seen used in fur coats, and it is a great option for combining with lynx, another gorgeous fur.

  1. Lynx

While beaver and mink are both beautiful and versatile, lynx fur offers the ultimate luxury. Lynx is incredibly dense and comes in a number of gorgeous natural color patterns, making it a truly unique material. Lynx fur can be paired with a formal gown for a regal effect, or can be paired with casual wear for a simpler style. Lynx fur is used to create jaw-dropping coats, jackets, and vests, and adds a touch of glamour to any wardrobe. Lynx is also lightweight and extremely soft. American Lynx, which is spotted, is sold most often. White and bluer tones are the most sought-after, and prices vary based upon color, with white and belly fur being the most expensive.

  1. Chinchilla

Chinchilla is the softest fur in the world, making it one of the most sought-after and adored materials available anywhere. Its natural colors range from light to dark grey to a slate blue hue, giving it a unique look capable of flattering every skin tone. Chinchilla fur is used in a number of fur items, including coats, jackets, capes, and accessories. Its plush texture makes chinchilla the perfect choice for feminine ensembles and softer styles. Contrasting colors make for the most popular and expensive options.

  1. Fox

The popularity of fox fur is rivaled only by the mink, making it one of the most widely-worn furs in the world. Fox fur boasts incredible texture and softness, and is most often chosen for its eye-popping color varieties. Natural fox fur can be found in silver, red, white, grey, and even blue. In addition to coats, fox fur is often used as trim on a number of apparel and accessory items such as hats, jackets, and vests. For deep hues and incredible softness, nothing beats the beauty and warmth of fox fur.

How to Take Good Care of Your Fur Coat

By September 16, 2016 fur

fur coat care

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
Charlize Theron

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.

88th Annual Academy Awards

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

88th Annual Academy Awards

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:

Academy Awards Worst Dresses

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:

Best Dressed Academy Awards

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…

Academy Awards Best Dressed Couple

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