Since a fur can often maintain its luster and healthy appearance for decades, they are often quite expensive. A quality fur, maintained properly, can be handed down as a family keepsake from generation to generation. Whether you are shopping for your first fur or looking to add another piece to your collection, finding the right fur for you is critical to your enjoyment of the jacket, and to maintaining your investment for the greatest possible return. Here are a few reasons why fur selection is so important to jacket quality.
Achieving the Right Look
Different furs have different lengths of hair, each creating a very unique appearance. For example, if you are looking for a coat that will appear slimming on you, you may want to avoid fox and coyote, whose long hairs will make you look bigger. For a slimmer appearance, you’ll want to choose a short-haired fur such as beaver or mink. As for colors, you are really only limited to your imagination. Furriers travel the world to make sure they have the full spectrum of colors and textures to offer their customers.
Achieving the Right Feel
If you have never felt fur wrapped around your body it is an experience that will linger in your dreams. That soft downy warmth is the reason why people buy furs, so getting a fur with the right texture is critical. Often furs are priced according to their softness. While you may want one of the softest furs, such as rabbit, chinchilla, or mink, if you are on a budget choosing a beaver coat may be the better option.
Furs, like all things, start to decompose after a while. You can extend the useful life of your coat or jacket with proper care, but selecting the right fur is the second best thing you can do to maintaining the value of your coat. Fox, for instance, characteristically loses hairs and experiences some discoloration with aging. Chinchilla, one of the softest and more expensive furs also tends to fade and discolor if not cared for properly. Decide if you are making a lifetime purchase or if you will retire your fur after a few years.