America’s Oldest Furrier
Est. 1889

Fur coats in the fall has kind of a funny history. American college kids in the 1920s began sporting heavy, full length raccoon coats.  It started a trend that gained so much momentum and popularity that it did not matter if you were a student or a salesman, working in a bank or playing on […]

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I love hats.  Whether wearing them for ceremonies, safety, religious reasons, because you just don’t want to brush your hair, I love them all.  We initially started wearing hats for protection against weather, and fur hats are extra special.  And have been for a very, VERY long time. The Beaver Fur Hat was *THE* Hat, […]

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Wearing fur is so prevalent in human culture that it has even reached our illustrations and animation, from comic books to cartoons. The fur coat wearing character that is usually thought of first is Cruella De Vil  from ‘101 Dalmations’.  Although her fur coat and matching fur handbag emphasize her sense of high couture, she […]

Whether you have a fox fur jacket, a sable fur stroller, a mink stole, or a coyote fur coat, ALL fur, even pieces trimmed with fur, takes specialized care to keep it looking it’s best for years to come. Even most faux fur needs to be cleaned by professional fur cleaning methods, NOT dry cleaning! […]

Although it might not quite feel like it yet, Spring is here!  As we’re transitioning to the warmer weather, most of us still want to wear our fur.  But that full length fur coat is just too much.  This is the time of year when a lot of our customers consider restyling their fur coats […]

People have been wearing fur for a really, really long time.  But we’ve come a long way from our cave dwelling ancestors wearing fur for warmth and protection from the elements.  And even though we still wear furs for the same reasons, the styles have certainly changed as much as we have. Most of us, […]

One of our customers, Morgan recently traveled to see the Louis Vuitton exhibition at the American Stock Exchange Building in New York City. This exhibit cover the history of this design house from 1854 to today and even into what the future may look like for Louis Vuitton. Many objects and documents tell the story […]

LUTHERVILLE, Md. (WMAR) – Denise Reccardi was told to come to Mano Swartz today to receive a surprise. Richard Swartz, the owner of Mano Swartz, presented Denise with a bunch of thank you letters. Being a veteran, of course, she deserves our thanks. Especially because during the more than 25 years of service as a […]

Staying in Style by Restyling: A Beloved Fur Made New Again A Mano Swartz fur is never the prisoner of a time because it is always current with the times. In so many words, fur restyling, a “Mano Makeover,” as this video reveals, is a way to always have your fur in style. Our credit […]