Archive: Oct 2012

  • Mens Shearling Coats – What To Look For

    One of the most popular types of fur coats is the shearling coat. If you are looking to purchase one of the best men’s shearling coats, here is a quick overview of what to look for in a men’s shearling coat.

    1. Ask the maker about the origin of the sheepskins in which you are interested: avoid sheepskins coats from Australia, New Zealand, Iceland and England. The sheepskin from these countries is heavy and not as flexible, thus making it not suitable for coats and jackets. Meanwhile, in terms of sheepskin coats, those made in Spain are among the best. Reason: the climate in Spain produces super-soft sheepskin. Also, you cannot go wrong with with sheepskin from Argentina, which is among the finest in the world.

    2. For thicker and heavier coats, consider one from Uruguay. These are ideal if you plan to wear one during extremely cold weather conditions.

    3. Choose a shearling coat maker that actually specializes in men’s shearling coats – not one that just makes shearling coats in men’s sizes. Men’s shearling coats have a certain cut and finish that is different from coats for women.

    Choosing the right men’s shearling coat for you or your loved one is easy once you understand the various choices available to you.

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  • Stages of Shearling Jacket Production

    Buying a shearling jacket is less like a purchase and more like an investment. It can provide years – if not decades – of fashionable enjoyment. Here is how the best shearling jackets are made.

    Making an excellent shearling jacket starts with the right craftsmanship. Every stage of the production process requires an expert’s skill. It takes about a year from the time a trapper or farmer auctions his furs until a coat is ready for delivery.

    Here are the primary stages of shearling jacket production:

    1. Tailoring: For custom shearling jackets, the tailoring process includes measuring for body and arm length, as well as overall girth.

    2. Fur Sizing: The template for the new jacket, based upon the measurements taken during the tailoring stage, is laid out. It outlines the shape of the jacket, resembling a snow angel that a child might make. The designer can then lay out various pieces of fur to each part of the jacket template to see how it will look.

    3. Stitching: The various pieces of fur are then sewn together with the leather side of the skin to the outside and the fur to the inside. A special needle and thread are used to make concealed, overlapping or French seams. Once all of the pieces are sewn together it is then finished by adding double-top or decorative stitching depending on the distinct design of each coat.

    4. Additions: Finally, exterior or interior pockets are added. And, a label is affixed to the jacket, along with buttons and button hole stitching.

    The final outcome of the process – a new shearling jacket – is something to be proud of. It is something to show off and wear for years to come.

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  • Types of Fur Coats

    Fur coats come in many varieties. The richness of variety in fur coats is rooted in the different types of fur available and in the various cut choices. The fur itself can vary significantly in its qualities depending upon the country of origin and other factors. Meanwhile, the fur coats themselves vary in quality depending upon how they are made.

    The desire for a fur coat seems to be rooted in two but seemingly very different things: having a refined sense of modern elegance and style, and wanting a primal connection to our great human forebears who wore fur coats to keep warm for thousands of years.

    Fur is animal skin or leather which is processed with the natural fur attached. It can be cut mid-length or relatively long for use in jackets, coats and other articles of clothing.

    There are various types of fur clothing. Each type generally varies by cut, fur type and country of origin, as follows:

    Cuts: Fur clothing comes in a large variety of shapes and sizes, including coats, jackets, hats, muffs, capes, vests, trims, sheared, wraps, and shawls. Most of these products some in both men’s and women’s styles.

    Fur types: Fur types vary of course by the animal from which they originate. Some of the most popular animals whose skins are processed as fur are: fox, beaver, sable, mink, and shearling (sheepskin).

    Fox furs are among the warmest furs available. There are many types of fox fur, such as long-haired, fine and silky. These are found in Russia, Australia and many other parts of the world.

    Beaver furs are not only warm, they have water repelling characteristics. Most beaver fur articles of clothing are brown, and most come from North America.

    Sable fur are known for being very silky. Russian sable fur, in particular, is known for its silky qualities.

    Mink fur coats retain the reputation of being among the finest and rarest of fur coats. They enjoy a timeless image. Most mink is found in North America, although some are sourced from parts of Europe.

    Shearling coats are made from sheep who have been recently sheared. The fleece (fur) is retained to the leather and then sheared. Shearling coats are excellent all-weather wear. They are soft to the touch and very warm.

    Choose the right fur coat depending upon your needs and preferences.

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