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 Europe’s most prominent master furriers, A.C. Bang. When word from Denmark that Richard was a bona fide master furrier reached his father, Mano, he was welcomed home to Baltimore, Md. to join the family business.
Since then, Richard has upheld the strong community ethic of Mano Swartz started by his great-grandfather to always give back. He has supported Baltimore’s educational and religious institutions and charities. For over 20 years Richard has backed the Tuskegee University Alumni Association, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, United Negro College Fund, dozens of churches, temples, schools, children’s causes, hospitals, and The House of Ruth. Through his charitable work Richard has furthered Baltimore City education and the community as a whole. He has equipped people to achieve in school and in life, which has provided them greater opportunities to give back to their communities. By investing in these charities, Richard has invested in Baltimore.
Today, Mano Swartz is located in Green Spring Station on Falls Road. The Mano Swartz Family prides itself on selling the finest furs, luxury outerwear, fur accessories, and providing complete fur services.