I have a tear in my fur. Can I just sew it myself?
Unlike repairing a tear in a cloth garment, you should not attempt to sew your fur with a needle and thread. You can actually create more damage and rips in the fur using a sewing needle.
A furrier uses a special machine and binding tape to repair fur at the seams. If the tear is not at a seam, a more extensive repair including matching and adding fur may be required.
Alan Furs is a Master Furrier and has over 75 years of experience in fur manufacturing and repair.
My home is air-conditioned, why do I need to put my fur in cold storage?
In addition to keeping your fur in a temperature-controlled environment during the warmer weather, maintaining the correct humidity is also important for your fur. Home air conditioning is also very drying to furs.
At Alan Furs, our certified climate controlled vaults are on premises.
Additionally, by storing your fur at Alan Furs, it is protected from moths and rodents as well as mold and mildew.
My fur looks clean, why should I condition it?
Conditioning regularly ensures that your fur will maintain its beauty and luster. Although the fur side of your garment looks clean, the conditioning treatment ensures that the underside – the leather – stays soft and supple. This helps to prevent expensive tears and rips in the fur. We suggest cleaning and conditioning every year.
Our conditioning process uses natural conditioners and glazing products.
Should I store my fur with mothballs?
Mothballs use the fumes produced by naphthalene and paradichlorobenzene to kill moth larvae. These fumes penetrate the fur, and the smell is always apparent.
In addition to the chemical fumes not being good for your fur, they are not good for people to breathe on a regular basis.
What should I do if my fur gets wet?
As Mrs. Dina Alan always says, have you ever seen a Mink holding an umbrella? Most furs will tolerate some rain and snow far better than wool. If your fur gets wet, shake it out and hang it up to dry in a place where air can circulate around it. Do not put it near the heat to dry. After it has dried, shake it out again.
If your fur gets soaked, take it immediately to one of our locations for proper and professional treatment.
Should I keep my fur in a plastic or garment bag when I am not wearing it?
No, you should never store your fur inside a bag. During the winter months, keep your fur in a cool area with enough air circulating around it. You should also allow enough room in your closet so the fur is not crushed. Of course, during the summer months, it should be stored in a climate and humidity controlled environment.
Do you clean fur hats?
Yes. Hats and scarves in close contact with your body should also be cleaned and conditioned on a regular basis.
I just inherited my grandmother’s stole (coat, etc) – what can I do with it?
At Alan Furs, we would be delighted to help you transform your outdated piece into something you would love to wear. You could trade it in towards something fun and lightweight. We also offer a wide variety of remodeling options and our expert furrier will consult with you to present you with all available options. If you would rather not remake the fur, and assuming that the piece has sentimental value, why not make it into a keepsake item that you will always have as a remembrance of your grandmother? Some suggestions include making an adorable fur teddy bear or a decorative pillow or throw.
Check out the Premium Services section for more details.
The big shoulders on my fur coat don’t look fashionable any longer, what can I do?
Alan Furs provides complete remodeling services. We can downsize the shoulders to update the look of your coat.
Other remodeling services include shortening a coat to convert it to a stroller or jacket length.
Do you purchase old furs?
Although we may take an older fur as a trade in towards the purchase of a new garment, we do not purchase furs.
We do have a consignment room at our Glen Allen location. Please call us for details.
How do I insure my fur?
All you have to do is bring it in to us and we will provide you with a certified appraisal, which you take to your insurance agent to add a separate rider to your current plan.
Do people still wear furs?
Fur is the ultimate “green” product. It is biodegradable and is a renewable resource.
Furs have always been in style but now they are even more fashionable than ever before. So many people wear fur today, not only for special occasions but also for everyday wear.