The Essential Guide FUR Holiday Gift Giving

December 13th, 2012

‘Tis the season for Happy Holidays!  Think twinkling lights, festive parties, hot beverages, cold weather, exchanging gifts, and the big smile on your favorite guy or gal’s face when you’ve wrapped-up the perfect present.  Here’s a few pointers on what’s sure to please when shopping for a gorgeous fur, fine outerwear garment, or distinctive accessory.

Where to Shop

With over 400 designers including fur in their collections, fur’s prevalence assures that mass marketers to specialty boutiques will be carrying some form of fur fashion.  For fur trimmed accessories or boots, don’t hesitate to shop the department stores.  However, when you’re ready to find a beautiful fur coat that will be enjoyed well into the future, it’s time to find a professional, full-service furrier in the Chicago area such as York Furrier conveniently located in the Elmhurst City Centre and the Deer Park Town Center.

Furriers are experts in their field and not merely temporary holiday help.  A local, independent fur retailer, like York Furrier, knows their product in terms of fur type, garment construction and styling; which in turn, helps them help you in selecting a fur that flatters.

Look for a furrier with an established brick and mortar presence in the community.  York Furrier has been located on York Road in Elmhurst since 1931 and opened in Deer Park in 2004.  Most furriers are family owned and operated, belong to local civic organizations, and provide contributions to philanthropic endeavors.  Furs found at road shows and caravan sales may be tempting with their deep discount claims; however, once they leave town, you may still be in need of alterations, monogramming, or fur care services.  Choose a furrier with an extensive in-stock inventory and a full range of professional, on-premise services including:  storage, cleaning, repairs, and the ability to restyle older garments.  A reputable furrier will forge a long-term relationship and be able to monitor the garment’s care. For the best in care for fur coats, Chicago-area shoppers and fur owners should take their time to find the perfect fit.

FUR Gifts with Presence

Once you’ve selected your shopping destination, it’s time to peruse the myriad of gift options.  This season’s diverse mix of plush pelts features exaggerated silhouettes, a rainbow of color, contrasting textures, and jeweled embellishments.  From the little essentials – shrugs, vests, and wraps, to styles made for on the go or all out glam – anoraks, duffles, or flirty flounces, you’ll find that there’s a special something for yourself or your special someone.

mink_flounceThe Modern Mink

York Signature Style Golden dyed Mink Flounce with Natural Red Fox Hood

Find a perfectly practical gift for the go getter on your list.  New production techniques – shearing, grooving, or veloured, along with great styling – boleros, blouson jackets and walking coats, combine to make mink a versatile gift for the recipient to enjoy for years, perhaps decades.

 

espresso_walking_coat

Great Outerwear

Espresso Shearling Lamb Walking Coat with Toscana Trim

For the sporty gal or guy, present a garment that’s truly FUNctional.  Choose a shearling leather, or cashmere, perhaps a shapely down jacket or a rainsilk that reverses to feathered fox.  These are playcoats with personality.

 

 

emuLittle Necessities

EMU Australia Shearling Earmuffs, Gloves, Coat & Merino Wool Scarf

Accessories make a big statement.  Give oversized fluffy fox trooper hats, European style long scarves, and luxe leather handbags with unique hardware.

Earmuffs and gloves make perfect stocking stuffers.

 

black_studsLady Luxe

Black Velvet Evening Jacket with Swarovski Crystal Overlay and Norwegian Fox Trim, Matching Fox Muff/Purse

If casual ease is the norm, pick a poncho, tunic or vest to pair with jeans or skirts.  For elegant evenings though, she’ll adore her adorned cape, stole or jacket.  That’s the Holiday Wrap-up!  Visit your local furrier to find perfect gifts FUR everyone on your list!