Just fur fun: Warmth and style for winter
Zac Posen Design natural velour sheared silver blu mink directional walking coat with opera sleeves at York Furrier | Photo by Lynn Taylor Schwaab
Updated: February 19, 2013 11:56AM
Fur is in.
Was it ever out? In any case, fur is a must-have this season. You’ll see it all over the country and all over the garment spectrum, in coats, vests, hats, trimming, collars and cuffs.
Kathy Rezny, owner of York Furriers with stores in Elmhurst and Deer Park, notes that over 500 designers have fur in their winter collections. Designers like Michael Kors, Zandra Rhodes, Badgley Mischka, Zac Posen all have pieces in fur. York also carries it’s own Signature Style line of designs. So it’s easy to find a piece to suit your style, and a price to suit your pocketbook.
“Sheered furs, vests, little jackets and walking/knee length coats are the hottest fur trends this season,” Rezny says. “They’re practical, fun and versatile.”
York Furriers has been an area fur fashion pillar since 1931. Rezny and her brother John, who’ve owned the York business since 2000, are the third generation of the founding Wagner family to run York. They opened York’s Deer Park location in 2004 to serve clients from the North Shore and northwest suburbs.
Custom made furs are always in demand. Because it specializes in furs, York has an expert furrier on site to help customers create a one-of-a-kind fur, which they call their York Exceptional Exclusive line. York also carries pieces in cashmere, leather and a variety of accessories.
For those who’ve invested in a fine fur piece, York has a secured temperature and humidity climate controlled vault to store 4,000 furs for the summer. Treated properly, fine furs can last for years.
York also refashions furs, restyling or remodeling pieces that need an upgrade. Turning something old into something new and useful again is not only a “green” way to go, it can be a way to preserve your family heritage. So many people have inherited furs or have old furs they bought years ago and don’t know what to do with them, Rezny noted. She can turn old furs into pillows, throws, earmuffs or even teddy bears. “It’s the perfect way to share it with the whole family, passing it on from generation to generation.”