Forbes Magazine: How To Care For Your Fur Coat
It's officially spring, and as such, it is also spring cleaning meaning it's time to get organized and put all your winter things into storage. Fur clothes, in particular, are items that need extra attention as the weather gets warmer. But there's more to understanding fur maintenance than just putting into cold storage.
Nick Pologeorgis, of Pologeorgis Atelier and Showroom in New York City, sat down with Forbes Life to discuss how to care for fur, which furs are the most durable, and what to do with that old fur you inherited from your grandmother. Pologeorgis Atelier and Showroom has been family run since it was opened by Stanley Pologeorgis in 1960. Since then Pologeorgis has collaborated and partnered with brands like Pierre Balmain and Michael Kors and has been worn by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Rihanna.
Emma Sandler: When it comes to fur, are there any misconceptions people have?
Nick Pologeorgis: There aren't really misconceptions, but more that people just don't know. They don't know that fur and leather are hurt by heat and if it gets wet it can be damaged -- if it gets really soaked. Especially the heat part, nobody understands that. Sometimes people don't want to put fur into storage...or they'll put it in the basement where it moist and humid and the fur can get very dry that way.
Sandler: When should someone put their fur items into cold storage?
Nick Pologeorgis: Well, we live in a couple different worlds within New York. Manhattan has less space, so essentially people bring it in right after they are done wearing it, which is around April. Whenever it starts to get warm really...we keep it at 50 to 55 degrees [Fahrenheit], because the cooler it is the better the fur or leather will keep.
We charge [about] $90 for the season and we pick up and we deliver. The season would from around April 15 to October 15. It could be a little less or little longer, but give or take, it's six months.