What should I look for when buying a fur coat (new or used)?

Burgundy Sheared Mink with Chinchilla trim

Burgundy Sheared Mink with Chinchilla trim

  • The pelt should be lustrous, supple and well-matched.
  • Feel the fur for a dense, soft underfur evident to the touch under the glossy guard hairs which should be soft, never bristly.
  • Seams should be sewn tightly.
  • Hems should fall straight.
  • Be sure to try on the garment to see if the weight is comfortable for you. You may be surprised at how lightweight many fur coats actually are.
  • A well-made fur will be well-balanced and will fall evenly and comfortably from your shoulders.
  • There should be a give to the leather side of the fur when horizontal tension is applied.