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. Always popular and worked in a complete range of styles, from causal to dressy. 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. Excellent value and durability. Canadian mink are world renowned.
Coyote is now enjoying more popularity than ever, with both men and women. 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.
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.
An all-time favorite. Well adapted to today’s sleek and sophisticated fashions. 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.
Cowhide 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”.