Well, it certainly has been a rather unusual winter here in Arizona.

The past two winters have brought relatively mild temperatures to the Valley of the Sun, but this winter has been a different story.  Some people may not like it, but those of us who are winter wardrobe lovers sure are loving it.

The storage vault is emptier than it has been in years as more and more ladies stop by to pick up their beautiful furs. And for the past couple of weeks, there have been many sightings of these chic women around town wearing their lovely furs.

How great it has been to see ladies on crisp winter nights bundled up in their furs all toasty warm and looking like a million bucks!

With all of that in mind, here are a few dos and don’ts, which will help keep your garment in tip-top condition as you wear them throughout the winter season:


  • Do shake out your garment before you wear it.  This will release any loose fur and dust that may have settled in the coat
  • Do be kind to your coat by not wearing a handbag strap on your shoulder.  This will, over time, break the hairs off of the shoulder area and cause a wear spot to become apparent.
  • Don’t spray perfume on while wearing your fur.  The alcohol in the perfume is drying and is harmful to your fur.
  • Do wear a silk scarf around the inside neck of your fur.  This will protect your garment from any makeup that might be near your neck.
  • Do unbutton your coat when you get into the car to sit down.  This keeps undue stress off of the closures which could tear and damage the pelts of the fur.
  • Don’t dry a wet fur with artificial heat.  If your coat gets wet, shake it out and hang it up with plenty of air around it.  If by some chance it gets soaked, bring it to us immediately—a little wet is okay—a lot wet could become a problem—try to use an umbrella!
  • Do get your fur cleaned if something gets spilled on it such as food or alcohol.  If you are traveling to a cold country and snow and/or salt gets on the bottom, bring the coat to us upon your return so we can clean it.
  • Do be careful with the linings of your fur.  They are nearly impossible to get clean—much harder to clean than the fur.  Nine times out of ten, if the lining gets badly stained, there is nothing that will fix problem, and the coat will need a new lining.


The weather forecast tells us that there may be even more opportunities this season to break out the fur. If you do and decide yours is out of style or does not fit right, consider trading it in.  This is the perfect time to buy something new that you will still be able to wear this season, or lay away for next season.

Fur coats, fur-trimmed cloth coats, leather coats and fur accessories of all kinds are experiencing an all-time high in terms of popularity all over Europe, which, as we all know, means that in a few short seasons every fashionista in the states is going to be wearing the most updated fur fashions available.

So remember… It’s not about the Arizona winter weather, it’s about the fashion!