America’s Oldest Furrier
Est. 1889

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 […]

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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 […]

What You Need to Know Before You Buy a Luxury Good Now that we know what a luxury retailer owes you, we must understand how that same retailer should treat you. All of that—the promotional grandeur, the light shows, the magic, and the feats of derring-do announced by an impresario of charm and theatricality—is revealed […]

mink coat capital

  In Northern Greece just south of Albania sits a small town dedicated to the fur trade to making a mink coat. So strange for a remote town to be the hub of European fur making. You would think of Paris or London as a place to make a mink coat. So I had to […]

Fur Coat Buyers

By Melissa Kossler Dutton, Manta Contributor – January 18, 2017 Originally posted at: http://www.manta.com/resources/small-business-success-stories/furrier-embraces-innovative-business-practices-stay-relevant-100-years/ New ideas and innovations have helped century-old Mano Swartz stay relevant. Since its founding in 1889, the Lutherville, Maryland-based furrier has looked for ways to build customer loyalty and set itself apart from the competition. Mano Swartz started the business upon immigrating […]

In this life sometimes, well many times, heck most of the time I just need to have fun. Is it like what a lot of people call “bliss”? If so let’s get the bliss on. We all know the many hardships life presents so we will call this the counter balance.  Holding happiness and sadness […]

I am often asked, “Where do your furs come from?”  In our showroom it is difficult to give more than just a short answer.  The long answer is, well long, but quite interesting and something few people know. Pelts come from two places, from the wild and from fur farms.  The wild furs are from […]