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A Luxe Legacy . . . Celebrating 89 Years in Fashion

As Chicagoland’s favorite purveyor of gorgeous furs, stylish fine outerwear and unique accessories since 1931, York Furrier perfectly blends trend and tradition to create the store’s extensive selection. For men and women, the 2020 York Collection features innovative Designer Creations, classically inspired York Signature Styles, or the opportunity to work with the York Design Team to create a custom-made York Exceptional Exclusive. Hats to full length coats, the York Collection features perfect pieces for every budget and lifestyle.

Spanning three generations of family ownership and an astounding almost nine decades in business, York Furrier takes great pride in not resting on past laurels. Instead, this award-winning industry icon insists on continually providing the store’s jaw-dropping list of cherished clients with the utmost in both stylish outlooks and superb professional, on-site services for furs and fine outerwear: storage, cleaning, repairs, restyling and even repurposing of older fur garments (all store labels are welcome). Attention to detail and personalized care are instrumental to York Furrier’s long-term success.

Conveniently located in the Elmhurst City Centre in the same location since 1931, and with a product-packed e-commerce website,, York Furrier carries a plethora of pelt offerings. For every season, the York Collection encompasses a global influence sourced by the husband and wife duo at York Furrier’s helm, John and Kathy Rezny. From runways to designer studios, and via the store’s own on-site shop, the couple curates an eclectic mix of versatile furs (fox vests, sheared beaver jackets, sheared minks that reverse to rainwear, sable, lynx, chinchilla, and mink coats), fine outerwear (cashmeres, leathers, shearlings, alpaca, down, and skiwear) along with an array of accessories (fur scarves, hats, gloves, belts, handbags, and clutches). And, for those who prefer to be one-of-a-kind, the York Design Team works with clients from conception to completion to create a custom, made-to-measure, one-of-a-kind fur garment.

As a community member since 1931, York Furrier contributes time and resources to a long list of local organizations. Philanthropic endeavors include: providing donations to benefits, hosting in-store charitable fund raisers, and participation in fashion shows and gala events. From accessory items to shopping sprees, York Furrier partners with hundreds of charity groups each year, including: the Alzheimer’s Association, Elmhurst Panhellenic, Catholic Charities, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Infant Welfare Society, Concussion Legacy Foundation, Barrington Junior Women’s Club, Montini Catholic High School, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Haymarket Center, Blessings in a Backpack, and National Alliance on Mental Illness.

And, to ensure that the fur industry and the family business will continue through the decades, York Furrier initiated a program called, FUR . . . The Future, which mentors student fur designers throughout the Chicagoland area. The York Furrier Staff and Design Team provide assistance to students from local college design programs. They assist winners of the national Fur Information Council of America’s ReMix student design competition and help take design sketches through the pattern making and manufacturing process to complete their fur garment. Many students and their fur garments have continued on to represent the U.S.A. at the global competition hosted by the International Fur Federation in Milan, Italy.

As York Furrier celebrates its 89th Anniversary, in the 2020/21 season, the Reznys and the York Furrier Staff would like the community to know how much they appreciate the continued support of loyal clients who travel from throughout Chicagoland – Lake Geneva to Joliet, Chicago to Saint Charles, and beyond Illinois and the Midwest borders to shop for and service their furs and fine outerwear at York Furrier in the Elmhurst City Centre. With the 100 year anniversary in the not so distant future, every member of the York Furrier Staff will strive to always exceed client expectations for both product and service offerings. And all at York Furrier look forward to assisting you with your fur, fine outerwear, and accessory needs!

York Furrier, Inc.
Exceptional Furs & Fine Outerwear since 1931

Elmhurst City Centre
107 North York Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126


Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Award for Business Excellence 2012

Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Award for Business Excellence 2012

Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce Award – Honoring 25+ Years Members

Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce Award – Honoring 25+ Years Members

NAWBO & The BusinessLedger award Kathy Rezny the 2004 Influential Women in Business Award

NAWBO & The BusinessLedger award Kathy Rezny the 2004 Influential Women in Business Award

Business Ledger’s Annual Awards for Business Excellence in 2002

Business Ledger’s Annual Awards for Business Excellence in 2002

Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce – 2012 A. J. “Toche” Terrones Business of the Year

Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce – 2012 A. J. “Toche” Terrones Business of the Year

Recognition for the York Furrier 80th Anniversary by Judy Baar Topinka, Illinois State Comptroller

Recognition for the York Furrier 80th Anniversary by Judy Baar Topinka, Illinois State Comptroller

Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award, April 2012

Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award, April 2012


"Great evening at York Furrier fund raiser yesterday (NAMI event 10/25/17).  Good food, with great friends, and beautiful furs all around you.  Nice evening for a wonderful cause."

-Barbara Schullo Bernabei, 5 Star - YF Facebook Page Review

"The Very Best quality and customer service you'll ever find."

-Shelia Smith Vojack, 5 Star - YF Facebook Page Review

"I love this store. John and Kathy are wonderful. They offer top quality coats and unsurpassed service."

-Mary Ryan

"Absolutely love York Furrier! A wonderful family owned and operated business that gives back to the local community in every way possible. Everyone at the store is amazing and the styles are fabulous."

-Andrew Antonio

"Thank you, York Furrier, for warming my life. I love my earmuffs, my scarf and my coat. Even on the coldest of the cold days, I have been wonderfully warm with my alpaca coat. Your service is outstanding; your staff welcoming and knowledgeable. I appreciate the assistance in finding a coat that was exactly what I had in mind. When people ask where I purchased my coat, I happily refer them to York Furrier."

-Gerry Weaver

"I brought my vintage mink to York for cleaning and repair. The turnaround was quick and the quality was superb. Attention to detail + experience + courtesy = satisfied customer. They were also nice enough to give me tips on future care of my hand-me-down. Next – bringing in some leather jackets."

-Laura Caragher

"York is the only place we trust to handle our needs. They have the knowledge, experience, and longevity that “fur salons” do not. Their quality is of the highest caliber, staff is extremely courteous, and they even have delivery & pick up. Finally they always go above and beyond with the service & my expectations."

-Pano Bartzis

"High Quality, expert insight and friendly service."

-Steve Cook, 5 Stars - YF Facebook Page Review

"York Furrier is a highly reputable business. Not only do they offer wonderful items for purchase, they also support our community. If there is a charitable event or organization which needs assistance, be it financial or otherwise, you can be assured that York Furrier will provide a helping hand. The staff is friendly, caring, and professional. I recommend York Furrier without hesitation."

-Dawn Kirchhoff

"York Furrier first got my attention about 20 years ago, when they agreed to help out The Lombard Juniors at their annual fashion show. I was amazed at the time and effort they put forth to make sure that our event was a success. Not only do they have beautifully fashioned and quality furs, but they're a very real part of our community. They have helped so many local organizations and philanthropic endeavors succeed in helping raise money for those that need it the most. We are blessed to have them in our neighborhood! Thank you York Furrier!"

-Caryn Kuhlman

"I have purchased all my furs here after a bad experience with another furrier's service. York is quality, unique furs and service. I would not consider buying a fur anywhere else and personally recommend."

-Janet Wilmoth

"Purchased a new fur coat and had it altered.  Salesman was a very knowledgeable and courteous.  Alterations were done correctly.  Company picked up the fur in the spring and stored it."

-Anonymous, Angie's List "A" Grade Review

"I have been using York Furrier exclusively for over 30 years.  I remember seeing the founder sitting in the chair greeting the customers like me as we walked in.  Great family owned 3rd generation business.  John and Kathy and their entire staff are reliable and so knowledgeable and helpful too!

-Kent Ebersold, 5 Stars - YF Facebook Page Review

"I had an excellent experience shopping for, and purchasing a shearling coat for the fall & winter season. Hard to believe but I can't wait for it to get colder so I can show off my new fashion. Downtown Elmhurst is a great place to shop, have some lunch, or stay for dinner. Everyone needs to stop and shop at York Furrier, easy parking and great customer service. It's the real deal!"

-Claire Booth

"I love York Furrier. I think the array of furs are unique and the price is right. Plus I love the warm atmosphere whenever I visit."

-Iris Dunmore

"Your products and service are Excellent! York Furrier is a wonderful place to shop."

-Karen Kalejs

"Back in April of 2007 my father took me on an African hunting safari, it always was his lifelong dream to take me there on a hunting trip. We had an amazing time harvesting 11 animals in total from Red Hartebeest, Warthog, Kudu, Zebra, Gemsbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Blesbuck, and a Red Lechwe that my father harvested. It was absolutely an amazing trip and I will never forget it because it was the last hunting trip I did with my father. Unfortunately, in August of that same year my father passed away. He never got to see his animals mounted, what a shame. For my father taking me to Africa I wanted to thank him by making a coat for him from all of the animals we had harvested. I had saved the hides from the Kudu, the Blue Wildebeest, and the Gemsbuck. They have been sitting on my railing of my house for years as decoration because my idea had been crushed as a result of my father’s passing. A couple months ago I walked by them and had a brainstorm, Why not make the coat for myself as a tribute to my best friend, my father. So in turn, I met an amazing man named John Rezny, owner of York Furrier located in Elmhurst,IL. He assisted me greatly on this idea and said he would love to make the coat for me. For the next few months, myself, John and his tailor Wally (who by the way is an amazing tailor) worked on making this coat the best it can be. After a few months the coat was complete and words cannot explain how it made me feel upon completion. John and Wally, I cannot thank you enough for your amazing work on this wonderful coat. I will cherish it forever. My father’s legend will live through me forever. That is why I created GVK11 Outdoors. If you guys get a chance, stop by York Furrier in Elmhurst, IL on York Street. The people are amazing, the craftsmanship is unheard of, and the atmosphere is great. I can honestly say I am so happy I met John and Wally, this coat will pass on to my son one day and the legacy will live on."

-Billy "Kats" Katsigiannis (

"Great service and beautiful coats. They will take good care of you."

-Laura G. /

What an amazing experience buying a coat here! Definitely service is their top priority. The price is fair for all the service we got, they even included the tailoring. We looked around at a lot of furriers and none could compare to York. They also had leather coats, gloves, scarves, and hats. This is the place to go when you need fine 'outer wear'. They offer it all.

-Traveling J/Westchester, IL /

The best furs and styles in town! Friendly atmosphere with the cutest marriage team as owners. They are one of the oldest establishments left in Elmhurst. Lots of care and knowledge goes into each fur. A great team that works in the back to do stitching and any alterations that are needed. So many furs and leathers to pick from and enjoy! Nice place for storage also. I have been going there for years and highly recommend this place. Once you go, you'll keep coming back.

-Frances O. /

"Excellent staff, knowledgeable and friendly!  Will be taking all my furs in fur repair here."

-Alexander George, 5 stars - YF Facebook Page Review

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