ReFur Posted July 17, 2006 Share Posted July 17, 2006 I think an important issue for members is the issue of a very broad term called a "furrier" First, the person that most of you know as "the furrier" is many times the salesman. Sometimes this person will also be the owner of the store, and the designer of a custom piece. Ever so often he is the fur mechanic as well, which I will explain further down in this post. This person's credibility and experience will be of more value to our members than any other person in this process. They know, or should know, what they are selling you. They can either look out for you or cheat you. Many experienced members have spoken of the importance of knowing this type of person. Unfortunately, they are turning into a dying breed. The men who design furs and create a label or concept and are the front people, are the designers. Many fur houses, who are manufacturers will hire a designer to have a label. This allows them to sell at high-end stores like Neimans. The person that sews the pelts and takes the idea into a garment is called the "fur mechanic." The Greeks are the best-of-the-best in this category. The Russians have a great history in this category as well. In North American I believe almost all are men. The person that does the "finishing" is usually an excellent seamstress and usually a lady. They tend to be Greek and Russian women. There is one other "expert in this field. That is the person who is the cleaning expert. They also will have finishers to do light repairs and lining re-attachment. This level of expertise is a great way to start a new person and in no way requires the same level of expertise. I hope some of our "Fur Experts" will expand upon this basic outline. And, if I made a mistake, or left something out, please let me know! Linda Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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