Beaver pelts are prized for their warmth, luxurious texture, and durability. The longevity of this fur, as a material, has made it ideal for use in clothing since the beginning of human existence. There are three primary materials, used in clothing production, which can be derived from beaver pelts: The full pelt (fur & skin), leather or suede (the skin with all the hair removed), and felts (removing the hair from the pelt and processing it with heat & pressure to form a piece of pliable material).
Coyote is now enjoying more popularity than ever, with both men and women. It provides warmth, durability and a sporty look. The finest coyote is well covered with long, lustrous guard hairs over dense, soft underfur. Colors range from pale grey to tan. Brightness is sometimes added by working with white fox.
The majority of fox fur sold in North America is farm-raised (often from Scandinavia), and is available in the widest range of natural colors of any fur, apart from mink, including silver, crystal blue, red, grey and white. Running neck and neck with mink in the popularity race, this luxurious fur makes an ideal trim for collars, cuffs, wraps and stoles.
Mink is still the queen of furs. Extensively farmed in North America, the Soviet Union and Scandinavia, more mink are used in the fur trade than any other single fur. Mink is always popular and worked in a complete range of styles, from causal to dressy. The guard hairs shine with an unmistakable luster; underfur should be lush and soft. Female pelts are smaller (narrower bands in a let-out coat), silkier and have a lower pile. It provides excellent value and durability. Canadian mink are world renowned.
Found mainly in Argentina and the Southern USA, it is also farmed in Poland and the Czech Republic. Similar to beaver, it is often sheared for a sporty, more lightweight feel. Because its underfur is very soft and plush and its fur can be dyed in a variety of shades, nutria is a popular fur for linings and trims.
Rabbit generally has medium length guard hair in a variety of natural colors and is often sheared or grooved. This fur is considered affordable and soft.
Raccoon is an all-time favorite. It is well adapted to today’s sleek and sophisticated fashions. It’s an ideal choice for both men and women who want comfort and style at a moderate price. At the northern extreme of its range here, Canadian raccoon is characterized by long silvery guard-hair over a very dense underfur. While it may be bleached or dyed, most people prefer this fur in its natural coloration. “Letting out” produces the most sleek effect, but men’s coats are often worked “skin on skin”.
This is very soft luxurious leather. Its natural lightweight layers give it a distinctive, velvety touch, which suits form-fitting jackets, pants, skirts as well as coats. Don’t let its delicate texture discourage you. With a little extra care, lambskin is very wearable and the ultimate luxury.
This is the most common leather used in the making of garments, furniture and leather goods. Cowhide as a category covers a wide spectrum of textures and quality, but generally, it is quite durable, easy to care for and resistant to water and dirt. Cowhide leather will maintain its integrity, taking on the shape of the wearer, making it more comfortable with everyday use. This affordable, functional leather offers fashion, value and endless colors and styles. See “Naked”, “Premium”, “Milled”, and “Split”.