Fur FAQ's

How do I insure my fur?

Bring it to a professional furrier for a written appraisal. Give this appraisal to your insurance company so that the fur can be listed on a separate rider of your home owner’s insurance policy. Ask your insurance agent for advice and details.




How do I care for my fur?

Use broad-shouldered hangers when hanging fur garments in a closet, and allow space to prevent it from being crushed or creased.


Never store the fur in a plastic bag.  Plastic prevents air from circulating and can dry out the leather.  If you want to cover the fur between wearing, use a cloth protector.  However, this is not suitable storage for summer storage.


Never store your furs in a cedar closet or chest.


Store your fur with a professional furrier in the spring each year. Have the furrier condition, clean and glaze it while it is in storage each year. 


Have any small rips or tears repaired immediately.


Never leave your fur near heat.  Leaving a fur near heat will cause both the fur and leather to become brittle.


Remember that these simple precautions will protect your beautiful fashion investment.  Given reasonable care, your furs will last for many, many enjoyable years.




Can I store my fur at home since I have air conditioning?

No. Homes with air conditioning generally have too much humidity which can dry out the pelts.  Protect furs from damage due to warm weather by placing them in cold storage vaults where temperatures and humidity are kept constant.   




Can I store my coat with you?


Yes.  We do offer on-site cold vault storage for your fur garments and leather/shearling coats.  Just come into our store location and we will be happy to arrange for storage and/or cleaning and glazing of your garments.   




How often should my fur be cleaned?

Your fur needs to be cleaned and glazed at least once a year to prevent it from drying out.  Professional fur cleaning removes dirt, keeps leather soft, and brings back the fur’s luster, thus prolonging the life of your fur. 


We offer cleaning services at our store location.  Although no appointment is necessary, you should expect to leave your coat with us for approximately 1-2 weeks depending on the type.  Leather/shearling coats may take longer to be cleaned.




What can I do with a fur coat I have inherited?

The coat can be updated into a more modern style. There are many options that include adding fabrics such as leather, micro fiber, or knit.  Or you can convert your old coat into a vest and use the remaining fur to make a scarf, or trim a sweater, a cape, gloves, earmuffs, or a cloth coat.  Should you have any questions regarding remodeling, please contact us directly via phone or email and we will be more than happy to offer you suggestions.   




Can you remodel or re-size my old coat?


Yes.  Our in-house staff of Furriers has been making and remodeling fur garments for over 30 years and can take care of almost any problem, large or small.  Come in for a free fitting to re-size, restyle or to get suggestions on how to remodel your old coat.  No appointment is necessary. 




What is shearling?

Shearling is natural lamb skin with the fur worn on the inside and the leather side sueded and worn on the outside. Many of today's designers are designing sporty styles that fit well with today's casual lifestyle.




Will rain ruin a fur?

A mild rain or snow will not ruin your fur.  If furs are damp, promptly hang the garment up to dry in a cool and well-ventilated area away from direct heat – preferably not in a closet.  After it is dry, give the garment a vigorous shake to fluff the fur; never comb or brush your fur.  If your fur gets thoroughly soaked, bring it to a professional furrier for proper treatment.




Does dyeing a fur affect its quality?

No.  A fur that has been dyed will keep its softness and luster.  Dyeing a fur is an option that many of today's designers use to achieve a look that can only be gotten by dying the pelts.




Is a sheared fur as warm as a long hair fur?

Yes. The warmth of the fur is determined by the underfur, which acts as an insulation. Whether or not the longer guard hairs are sheared off, the underfur remains intact and therefore provides the same warmth.




How do I tell quality of a fur?

The quality of a fur is determined by the quality of the design, the pelts and the workmanship. The design must cause a proper fit and reflect a certain look or lifestyle. The pelts must be well matched, light weight, supple and even in sheen. The workmanship must create even sewed seams and good matching.




What is the difference between female and male mink pelts?

Female mink pelts are generally smaller and lighter in weight than male mink pelts. Additionally, female pelts have a high luster and are very silky and soft while male mink pelts are denser. Each garment, whether male or female, has to be judged individually based on its own quality.




What methods of payment are accepted for my online order?


You can pay for your order using your American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card.  Please be sure to provide your exact billing address, (the address your credit card provider has on file for the card you use), when completing your order.  Incorrect information may cause a processing delay or cancellation of your order.




Do you accept custom and special orders?


Yes.  We are happy to accept custom and special orders.   Please contact us directly via phone or email to discuss the specifics of each individual custom order.




Will you sell my personal information?


We respect your privacy and we appreciate that you are entrusting to our care some of your very important personal information.  You can rest assured that we will never resell your information or provide access to it by any third party.  Information collected on this website is used only for processing purposes.  



How do I contact you if I have a question?


The easiest way to contact us is by sending an e-mail to: info@gkfursnewyork.com

Should your inquiry require an immediate response, you can call us at #(516) 791-6465.  Our hours of operation are Monday-Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm EST. 




Where is your retail store located?


Our retail store is located at:

1175 Broadway
Hewlett, NY 11557


Our hours of operation are Monday-Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm EST.  Please feel free to stop in at any time during our normal business hours.