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...]

An Evening with the Maestro

On April 21st, we have the honor of hosting an event with the Maestro. Glenn Roscoe is perhaps best known for his work on the piano. This evening with the Maestro will take place at Mano Swartz located in Green Spring Station on Falls Road. Guests will have the opportunity to hear him play live while enjoying light refreshments and a glass or two of wine. Guests … [Read more...]

What do the Baltimore Orioles and Fur Storage Have in Common?

Opening day is right around the corner. Spring is finally bringing in some beautiful weather, and the fear of possible snow is finally gone. You went in your closet and dug out that Oriole’s baseball cap, you put the screens back in your windows, and you traded in that fur coat for a light jacket. It finally feels good to take your dog on a walk and spend some … [Read more...]

FUR AND SHEARLING

Fur and shearling made their mark across all four leading AW16 fashion weeks, with an estimated 70% of collections overall featuring the natural material. Considering that fur was also hugely prominent during the menswear AW 16 collections earlier in the year, it’s clear that designers and consumers are enjoying using and wearing natural materials in greater … [Read more...]

What you really need to know about the fur in your closet.

While in your closet: • Keep it uncovered (not in a bag) so fur can breathe. • Stay away from moth balls, basements and cedar as fur absorb odors easily. • Use a fur storage hanger to protect the shoulders. • Avoid candles, heaters, fireplaces as heat will destroy the fur. Each April: • Professionally store your fur with a furrier so that the summer heat … [Read more...]