Enjoying a Fur Coat

sheared mink coat

This blog is from my recent book, "To Fur,With Love" Anyone who is going to buy a fur coat should read this. As this video explains, and as the clips on our official site demonstrate, there are seven factors that should influence your purchase of a fur coat: color, style, lifestyle, length, quality, fit, and price. Notice that these elements are personal … [Read more...]

Mano & Fur Coat Buyers

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 … [Read more...]

Molly Patton, Star Receptionist

I started at Mano Swartz March of 2015. I was fresh out of college, engaged, and wasn’t sure what the next few months would bring. My husband, Kevin, actually met The Owner at the gym. My husband is a unique guy. He has a really positive energy and loves people really well. He was training for Navy Special Warfare, so he spent a lot of time at the gym. It was … [Read more...]

Fur Dance?

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 at the same time is life's great balancing act. So let's get on with The Fur … [Read more...]

Richard Swartz, “The Owner”

Richard Swartz is the Owner of Mano Swartz Furs and a fourth generation furrier. He began working for his grandfather, Jimmie, on Saturdays on Howard Street at age ten. Richard’s fur education continued during summer breaks from high school and college. After graduating from the University of Vermont, he was sent to Copenhagen to study at the side of one of … [Read more...]

Fur Restyle Love!

What is Fur Restyle Love? Please let me explain. If you have a wonderful fur that you enjoy and you can feel the “love” of the care it gives you, or the “love” from the person who bought it for you or who you inherited it from. Or the self “love” when you purchased it for yourself after achieving a big life goal. In this case give it the care and “love” … [Read more...]

Furs: Where Do They Come From?

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 mostly colder climates such as Russia, Canada and the northern part … [Read more...]

Why Fur is My Passion: Amazing People

My mother died when I was 10 so I was raised by my grandparents. My grandfather was bigger than life, he hung with Winston Churchill, Menachem Begin, and other notables. But he was also a street fighter who had fought as a Marine against the Nazis. He loved the common man as much as the top tier guys. Saturday morning we would fire up the 1971 Thunderbird and … [Read more...]

Ask Me Anything

Ask me Anything (AMA). That's what Lady Fur did. https://youtu.be/VUcqCPnMpqo She asked me some really very personal/fur business questions. So ask me anything, anything about furs, how they are made, fur fashions, fur quality or even about my experiences here at Mano Swartz furs the last 34 years. I love to share information about my family as America's … [Read more...]

Do You Have a Fur You Don’t Know What To Do With?

You're not alone. Maybe you just inherited a mink stole or fox coat from a loved one. Maybe you have had a chinchilla coat for years and never wear it, whatever the case here is a simple way to figure out your options. Start at the top and follow the yes or no questions until you get to the final recommendation at the bottom. This will provide you with the … [Read more...]