How To Determine the Quality of a Mink Coat

Nothing denotes status and wealth more than an expensive, fashionable mink coat. Controversial issues aside, a lot of people would love to be seen in mink coats as celebrities, politicians and influential people all have been photographed wearing mink coats. These mink coats are opulent and glamorous, but are also a great investment as their value increases over the years. They may cost a fortune but their resale value is a bigger one indeed.

If you are in the market for a mink coat, it’s important that you get a genuine one. A mink coat of excellent quality from an established manufacturer will cost a fortune so it’s important that you get exactly what you pay for.

Below are a few tips on determining the quality of mink coats:

  • Texture. Most mink and fur coats are made from the pelt of animals and these have two layers of fur: the guard hairs and the underfur. The guard hairs are the longer hairs that make up the outer layer of the fur and the underfur are the shorter hairs that keep the animal warm during the cold months. Get a feel of the fur coat by using your hands to feel and rub the texture of the coat. Both guard hairs and underfur should have a soft and silky feel to them.
  • Pelt label. Check the inside of the coat for a pelt label. Pelt labels often show that the pelt has met the standards of mink farmers and furriers who produce quality pelts. Make sure the coat has been inspected by either of the following: American Legend Mink Cooperative, Saga Furs of Scandinavia or North American Fur Association.
  • Designer label. You may also check for a designer label stitched in the coat as well. European designers are well known to produce high quality, excellent mink coats. You may check online for a complete list of mink coat designers and their labels.
  • Stitching. Mink coats do not have bottom lining in them because this allows you to get beneath the pelt to inspect the quality of the fur. Most mink coats are hand-tailored so there should be excellent workmanship with the hems and inseams. Check for thin, even hems that run parallel to the pelt because this is a sure sign of quality. Regardless of the quality of the pelt above, hair or fur should not be caught in the seams or in the stitching. If hair or fur is caught in the stitching, the coat is of poor quality.
  • Color. Mink coats are graded according to the degree of color tone. Check if the coat is classified as Dark, Blue Iris, Demi Buff, Ranch Wild, Mahogany, Sapphire, Violet, Pastel, Pearl, Pink, White or Lavender.

Use these tips to properly appraise the mink coat you’re eyeing. If all else fails, check online for well-known mink coat makers.

The links below may be of interest to you:

  • Some of the more common questions asked by customers to the FCUSA or Fur Commission of the United States of America. It includes questions regarding fur regulation, standards and is a crash course on all things fur and mink.
  • More frequently asked questions regarding furs and minks this time from a mink coat producer’s point of view. It’s quite helpful in understanding how to choose a quality coat from a producer’s suggestion.


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