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Fur coat - outerwear to protect the body from hypothermia. Natural fur is sewn from the fur of animals such as mink, sable, chinchilla, arctic fox, jaguar, ram, etc.
It's hot in Greece, which means that they can hardly sew good fur coats. In fact, winter frosts in Kastoria (the fur capital of Northern Greece) are not so rare, because the fur coat business, which has existed in this city for many centuries, is extremely successful. The raw materials for hundreds of Kastoria fur factories are purchased at Canadian, Argentine and Dutch auctions, products are famous all over the world for their high quality at relatively reasonable prices.
Fur coat manufacturers often deceive their foreign buyers. Misconception. After offering to a buyer from another country a low-quality product, the furrier lowers the rating and risks losing profit - who benefits from it? Therefore, honest business plays into the hands of both sellers and buyers.
For three or four days of a fur coat tour, it will hardly be possible to find something worthwhile. Yes, if you are determined to make purchases on your own and will methodically go around all the nearby small shops in search of "something decent". It should be remembered that the organizers of fur coats tours made sure that customers are happy with their purchase. First of all, they are offered to visit the Edika trade and exhibition complex created especially for tourists, which consists of four multi-storey buildings that house the world's largest collection of fur products - about 100 thousand fur coats, coats, capes, sheepskin coats, etc. There are also models of all leading Greek fur factories and any price category. And a visit to the factories of Kastoria (Kraniaz, Avanti, Dedis, Asrotel, Mihailclassis) is also planned, so there will still be opportunities to purchase a fur coat that will blow your friends down.
Buying in a shopping center is difficult and tedious, and I don’t know Greek either. Yes, it's not easy, but if everything is planned correctly, problems and overwork can be avoided. The first day is best to devote to carefully examining and trying on the models you like. Ask the price, take a business card from the seller, ask your questions. There is no need to be afraid that they will not understand you - the Russian language is perfectly understood here, you will receive an exhaustive answer to all questions. Shopping can be done the next day, after visiting the factories (where you can also take your time with the purchase - if you still have chosen something and decided to bring your plan to life, they will send you (free of charge) a personal car to the hotel).
I will go on a fur coat tour, buy a not very expensive fur hat, rest - cheap and cheerful. Unfortunately, this is not the end of it if you are going on a fur coat tour, and not on an ordinary tourist trip. It should be remembered that fur coats are by no means a charity campaign, and although the expenses of tourists are paid by the fur factories of Kastoria, before the trip you will be warned that a prerequisite is the purchase of "at least one fur coat in the amount of $ 700 or more." Moreover, it is fur coats (fur hats, collars, boas, sheepskin coats are not taken into account).
In a fur coat tour, you must definitely purchase a fur coat, otherwise troubles cannot be avoided. No, there can be no talk of any troubles. If none of the products suits your taste, you just return the previously agreed amount ($ 250 - $ 300) to the representative of the Kastorian Fur Coat Manufacturers Association, compensating the furriers' expenses for the plane, hotel, beach vacation, excursions for you.
Sellers are not far behind, and prices in Greece are not that low. This is not entirely true - the seller will necessarily yield if you bargain. It should only be noted that when you buy only one product, the sellers will give up $ 50, maximum $ 100, but in the process of purchasing the second and third fur coats, you can get a discount of up to $ 600. The prices for the products are approximately as follows: for a high-quality silver fox fur coat you will pay $ 1300, for a long whole blue mink coat - $ 1800, for a "piece" mink coat - $ 700 (and the product is of very high quality).
Leaving Greece, the buyer of fur coats will have to pay a fairly high tax. If you have purchased fur products for no more than $ 1000, there is nothing to worry about. But in other cases, Greek guides and sellers of fur shops accompanying shopping tourists will try to fill out sales receipts so that the customs officers have no complaints against you.
A fur coat can be bought in any city in Greece, it is not necessary to go to Kastoria. Indeed, in all cities of Greece you can buy fur coats, and the seller will gladly make a "super discount" to a foreign buyer, but no one can guarantee the quality of such a purchase.
A fur tour is just a trip to buy goods, there will not even be time to look around, let alone see the sights. In fact, even on short fur coats tours (which last no more than 4 days), time is allocated for excursions in Northern Greece.
Italian fur coats are in no way inferior to Greek ones. Most often, fur coats sold in Italy are produced in Greece. Therefore, from this point of view, they are really no worse than those purchased in Greece itself (except that the price may differ slightly).
Only a specialist can choose the right fur coat. Indeed, like the purchase of any product, the process of acquiring a fur coat is best left to a specialist. But, since such an opportunity is not always available, you should know some key points to which you should pay attention. So:
1. How long will the fur coat last? It all depends on what kind of fur it is sewn from:
From otter and river beaver fur, it will last 20 seasons;
Mink - 10 seasons;
From karakul, blue fox or marten - 7 seasons;
From nutria or fox - 5 seasons;
Squirrel - 4 seasons;
From rabbit and hare - one to two years.
2. Which fur coat is the warmest? From the fur of a reindeer or bear, polar fox, raccoon dog, fox, beaver, marten, sable. A less warm fur coat is obtained from mink, kolotka, astrakhan fur, ermine, chinchilla. Products made from fur of a rabbit, goat, and marmot have a reduced heat resistance. And the fur of a hamster and a gopher does not warm at all.
3. What is the lightest fur coat? From the skins of a hamster, gopher, hare (but keep in mind, such fur coats do not save you from frost). Medium-weight products are obtained from mink, rabbit, nutria, muskrat, squirrel, ferret. And the heaviest fur coat is made of the skin of a wolf, raccoon dog, otter, beaver, polar fox, sable, astrakhan.
4. If the fur of a fur coat seems to you not thick enough - ask the seller when exactly the animals were slaughtered, from the skins of which fur coats were sewn (the thickest and fluffiest fur of animals in winter, they shed in summer). In addition, such an effect can be generated by poor-quality dressing of skins, more precisely, by its excessive stretching.
5. How to determine the quality of the fur? There are several ways:
You need to run your hand against the grain - the underpads should be thick enough, and long hairs should not break. In addition, the fur should quickly fall into place, the skin should be soft to the touch.
Tug on the fur. If you still have hairs in your hand that have separated from the skin of the fur coat, it will shed constantly.
Shake the fur coat. If the villi do not crumble too intensively (hairs moderately crumble from any new fur coat after the drying procedure) - everything is in order, and if the fur coat "rattles" like oilcloth - the fur is overdried, such a product is unlikely to be worn for a long time, it will quickly lose its shape.
5. Pay attention to the seams - they should be stitched finely, neatly and hardly be felt.
6. The price of the product depends on the color of the mink. The cheapest is walnut (light brown), then dark brown, then various red shades. Black mink, beige, gray and blue are even more expensive, in the next price category - "tourmaline" (beige undercoat and brown long hair) and white fur. The most expensive mink is "black diamond" (black with a blue or purple tint). To check if you are really dealing with natural fur and not dyed - spread your undercoat with your fingers and check the skin color. Skin that has not been dyed has a white skin.
7. If you want to buy a dyed fur coat, rub the fur with a handkerchief - high-quality dyes should not leave marks.
8. Having chosen a silver fox fur coat, take a closer look at the fur - it should be three-shaded (gray, white, black). If the fur has only two shades - in front of you is a fox fur coat (a hybrid of a fox and a polar fox).
9. Ask the seller to rip off the lining and show you the inside of the product. If the pieces are about 15x15, the product is of high quality. If they are much smaller, the seams are not done neatly - before you is a thing that in 2-3 years will cease to be a subject of your pride.
Only white mink is painted. In fact, many of the newest dyes can fit well not only on white, but also on some types of dark fur (for example, quite often the cheapest walnut mink is dyed (even in fairly light colors), and its skin remains almost white). Therefore, fur coats of red, green, yellow-green, purple and blue are most likely made from light brown mink. But the white mink is most often painted in pink and blue.
Plucked and sheared minks are of equal quality. This is not entirely true. A better quality plucked mink, which removes long and stiffer hairs and leaves the undercoat intact. Such a fur coat looks beautiful, but less wear-resistant than a regular mink coat. Often it is complemented by a collar made of other fur, contrasting in color (for example, a collar and cuffs of a chinchilla of a delicate gray-white color, a rabbit dyed like a chinchilla, as well as a silver fox or polar fox (often tinted) can be sewn to a plucked "black diamond" fur coat ). Fur, which had a number of defects, is cut. A fur coat made from a sheared mink does not last long and is never complemented by a chinchilla collar.
All mink coats are the same. The warmest and most expensive fur coats are from skins that have the top tags Platinum or Saga Royal, NAFA or American Legend. Such skins are distinguished by a thick down and a large amount of guard hair. Cheaper and less thick-wooled skins are used for the production of not so warm, but very light fur coats.
If one of the furriers asks for more fur for sewing a fur coat than another master, he will make a better product "from the backs of the mink". Fur coats made from mink backs are not much different from products made from whole skins. The density of wool on the skin of a good mink is almost the same, only the height of the hair on the back and on the tummy is different, which can sometimes cause certain difficulties when sewing a fur coat from whole skins. Therefore, a furrier who requires more skins for sewing a fur coat will indeed produce a high-quality product, but, in addition, get no less high-quality material for creating another fur coat from tummies (at your expense).
A man should buy a fur coat for a woman. Not necessarily. No less pleasure will bring a woman and a fur coat, acquired with her own savings.
It is best to buy fur coats in summer - prices are lower than in winter. Maybe if you buy a fur coat on the market from a retailer, but here everything is not so simple either. After all, the material for fur coats is purchased at auctions in Europe (mink - most likely in Denmark, at the Kopenhagen Fur auction, fox and astrakhan fur - in Finland (Helsinki) at Finish Fur Sales), in America (Blackglama mink at the American Legend auction in Seattle, and the equally high-quality BlackNafa at the auction of the same name in Toronto; wild furs in Canada - Western Canadian Raw Fur and Fur Harvesters Auction). Russians buy sables in St. Petersburg. Most often, skins of animals raised on fur farms are sold at such auctions (the planned slaughter is in November-December, therefore, furs get to the auction by the end of December and in January). Auctions are held from December to June, and the price of the same fur is different at different times, and it depends not only on the season. For example, if winter is too warm, many items are not sold out, furriers are in no hurry to buy new items. As a result, the price of raw materials drops sharply, and for finished products too - therefore, the cheapest fur coats, most likely, can be from April to July (if the above factors are present). The only negative is that in stores during this period there is not such a large selection of fur products.
Rex rabbit and orilag are one and the same. Rex is a breed of rabbits, orilag is one of the subspecies of rabbits of this breed, it is grown only in France and has certain qualities that distinguish it from other rabbits of the Rex breed. This fur is quite expensive (wholesale price 30 to 60 euros per skin). If the skin costs five or ten times cheaper, and the rabbits are grown in China, this is not orilag, but rex, and not of the best quality.
If a mink coat or hat turns yellow, it can be cleaned or repainted. Dry cleaning does not remove the yellowness of white fur coats that appears over time. It is impossible to repaint the finished product, as this leads to deformation of the fur coat.
Dyed mink is less durable. This is not true. If the dyeing process was carried out correctly, and the dyed fur was initially of high quality, the product will last as long as an equivalent in quality that has not been dyed.