Give Your Fur Coat a Holiday: How to Take Care of Fur During the Summer
Despite more and more creative ways to wear fur during every season, summer is still considered “off-season” for wearing your fur.
And that is totally fine. But don’t let your fur coat become out of sight, out of mind.
Fur coat maintenance is easy, but critical to your fur coat’s longevity. Like you take the time to maintain your home and car, you should treat your fur with the same level of care. While fur is a durable material, it is an organic material as well. This is why your fur needs maintenance. Unlike other materials like cotton or denim, fur needs the right products to keep its fresh look.
Read these important tips and tricks to give you fur a well-deserved summer holiday:
Fur Coat Repair and Mending– ” A Stitch in Time Saves Nine”
A little bit of extra effort now will save time and stress later. This saying could not be more true for fur repair and restoration. If you notice even a small rip or tear in your fur, find a trusted furrier immediately for repairs.
Small rips can grow into major tears. This also applies to your shearling, leather, or fur-trimmed coats. Have them all repaired by an expert to save yourself headache down the road.
Fur experts recommend having your fur examined and repaired at least once a year. This applies for all types of garments, from fox fur coats to chinchilla fur muffs.
Minor damage from regular wear and tear is completely normal, so don’t worry if you notice a new tear since you last wore your fur coat in the winter.
Always Go to Fur Repair Experts
You might be tempted to try fur repair at home or go to your local seamstress. Don’t do it!
Fur is anything but an everyday fabric. Throughout the centuries, fur has been a statement of royalty and nobility.
During more recent times, fur was a symbol of sophisticated Old Hollywood glam. Today’s vintage fur coats recapture some of the magic of old styles, while modern furs reinvent the rules of how fur is worn casually. But no matter how you wear your fur coat, it needs the right experience and equipment to repair.
Restoring or repair fur is not like mending other types of fabric. Fur repair must be completed from the “inside”. The coat must be opened and the lining removed for proper, long lasting repairs. Regular tailors and Do-It-Yourselfers do not have the right materials to safely open the fur and repair from the inside.
Repairing your fur coat is best left to the experts. If your dry cleaner or seamstress ruin your fur by making the wrong type of incision or using the wrong type of stitching, you will likely have no recourse for your ruined fur coat.
What Can a Fur Repair Expert Do?
The capabilities of an experienced furrier are almost limitless! The right fur repair specialist can repair minor damages like missing buttons, mend dull cuffs and collars, and fix torn lining. Smaller repairs such as rips or tears in the fur or lining are common if you have owned your fur for a few years. No matter how small these repairs may seem, an experienced furrier will still take time to inspect the damage and the entire fur coat.
Experts furriers should examine your coat before any repair to determine the extent of the damage and check to see if there is any other minor damage. A full inspection will also let you as a client know how much the repair will cost and how long the repair will take to complete.
You can expect small repairs to take a week or two. Other repairs expert furriers can perform for your fur coats include mending bald spots in your fur coat. How do bald spots happen?
Bald spots can occur when you wear a shoulder bag strap against your fur for an extended period of time. Bald spots along the bottom of your fur coat can also happen if you sit in your fur coat for a long time.
To avoid these repairs, opt for a cute clutch or handbag while you’re wearing your fur coat. Also be sure to remove your fur coat once you have arrived at your destination.
But if you do have bald spots on your coat, don’t worry, a professional fur salon should be able to repair them by adding a piece of matching fur to the garment.
Damage from insects and pests can also create bald spots. This is why proper fur coat storage is so important (but we’ll get to that in a bit). Let your fur repair expert know if you think insects have damaged your fur.
Your fur represents a valuable investment, so make sure to give it some TLC during the summer months by scheduling a repair appointment.
Fur Coat Restyle & Restoration – “Every day you have to reinvent yourself” Oscar de la Renta
If you have an old fur that is out of style or doesn’t fit, your first thought may be to hide it away in your wardrobe or sell it. But before trying to sell your old fur coat or resign to never wearing it, use the summer time to restyle your fur coat into something new.
Fur restyle, also known as fur coat restoration or fur coat remodeling, takes an outdated fur and transforms it into a brand new design. Think a fur coat isn’t for you? If any of the situations sound familiar, then fur restyle should be considered:
- Your fur coat has a sentimental value, but is not fashionable anymore.
- Your fur coat was a major purchase, but you don’t want to lose the investment.
- You would wear your fur coat, but it doesn’t flatter your body type.
- Your fur coat is too bulky and hot for most occasions.
Fur is a durable material, but this means it can often outlast the orginial design of the coat. With proper storage, fur can last two or three decades. But the predominant styles of the past include large shoulders, puffy silhouettes, and exaggerated collars and cuffs.
But if your grandmothers’ vintage fur coat looks like it belongs more in a museum than a runway, it is time for a fur coat restoration.
The Wide Variety of Restyle Options
A fur coat restyle can be a minimalist or dramatic as you want it to be. The key is finding the right furrier to do the job. Before scheduling a fur restyle, do some research online and see if the boutique has extensive experience redesigning fur. Feel free to ask for before and after pictures from their portfolio.
Once you’ve found the right fur restoration experts, they will walk with you step by step during your fur restyle. They should help you narrow down some of your options by asking you questions about how you see yourself wearing your fur coat in the future.
Are you going to wear your fur coat for more causal or dressy events? Do you have a more contemporary or traditional style? These are just a few of the questions your furrier will discuss before starting work.
A popular way to restyle fur is shortening the hemline and removing excess fur to transform an old vintage fur coat into a sleek fur jacket. Fur jackets can be dressed up and down, but still provide the luxurious warmth fur is known for around the world.
Furriers can even take it a step further by taking an old fur coat and creating a new fur trim coat. For example, fur trim leather coats can provide the same comfort of fur. Old fur can also turn into a fur shearling coat which provides all of the coziness of fur in a condensed package.
If your garment just needs minor fur coat restoration
Thinking Outside the Box
Your old vintage fur coat can also be transformed into a collection of fur accessories like scarves, gloves, muffs, and even fur slippers for around the home!An old fur coat can also become a new furniture accessories for the house including pillows, rugs, and throws. Don’t forget your pets can also benefit from a fur restyle. Furriers can take the left over sections and create mini-coats for your favorite four-legged friends.
Make sure you fur is fall-ready by schedule a fur coat restyle session during the summer.
Fur Cleaning, Conditioning, and Glazing – “People will stare. Make it worth their while.” Harry Winston
A fur coat is made to stand out. No matter if you’re wearing a full-length fox fur coat to a gala or a causal vest for a girl’s night out, your fur coat will attract attention. Make sure you attract the right kind of attention by keeping your fur coat looking like new.
One of the easiest ways to preserve your fur coat’s beauty is to schedule regular cleaning appointments. Professional fur coat cleaning will clean each and every hair in your fur coat. Having your coat cleaned will also protect your coat for the fall and winter season.
The purpose of fur cleaning is not only to remove dirt and other particles, but to guard the natural oils in your fur. If you touch your fur coat right now, you should feel a slight oily texture. This isn’t by accident. Since fur is an organic material, these natural oils help protect the hairs.
If your coat has a beautiful, healthy shine, that means there is a good amount of natural oils. But a dull, weathered looking coat is missing these essential oils.
What makes a new, shiny fur coat deteriorate into a lackluster state? Dirt, winter salts, and other particles love natural oils. They rob your coat of the natural oils leaving it worn looking, even if it is relatively new.
How to Clean Your Fur Coat
Always take your fur to a professional furrier for cleaning. Never go to a regular dry cleaner or try to clean your fur at home.
Your average dry cleaner will not have the right materials and equipment to safely clean your fur. Cleaning fur is a multi-step process. From careful inspection, to hand-treating spots, and using special equipment.
Dry cleaning companies use harsh chemicals such as petroleum solvent instead of water. There has been controversy around the use of these chemicals and the possible health effects.
Instead of risking ruining an expensive investment, go straight to the fur experts. Also, be sure to avoid trying to wash your coat at home. Never put your fur coat into a washer and dryer since this can cause severe damage.
Typically the best time to have your fur cleaned is the summer. At least once during this season, you should call your furrier and schedule a fur cleaning appointment.
Bonus Tip: If your fur has a wine or perfume spill, have it cleaned immediately.
Having your fur cleaned now means it will be good to go when fall hits, plus you’ll beat the last minute rush.
By having your fur restyled, repaired, and cleaned in the summer, your fur coat will ready for the fall and winter seasons.