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 My mother and I are making and selling handbags using vintage fabrics. I recently bought a slightly damaged but fabulous fur muff and thought we could add some fur trim to a few evening bags. The problem is I am having difficulty identifying the fur. I own and wear vintage mink and fox and beaver, but this is like none of them! Do you know of a book or website for help? Also, I would like to be able to clean it myself. The only fur cleaner in town charges 5 times what I paid for it and I would like to keep a reasonable profit margin. Any suggestions are appreciated!

 Janet: is a wonderful site that has a lot of information on furs and you may be able to identify your fur there. I asked my brother Freddy, a furrier in Dallas, for suggestions on how to clean your vintage fur trim. "Brandi should mix a little Woolite with water on a lightly dampened (not wet) cloth and gently wipe and pat the fur. After the fur has dried, she should take a fine tooth comb and comb the fur in the opposite direction of the of the growth and then comb back in the smooth direction." This should clean the fur without damaging the skin. Good luck in your new venture!

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12/2/2003 9:40:07 PM


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Janet Pytowski Janet Pytowski is a freelance fashion and beauty writer. She is the President of VIDCAT Productions, a company specializing in runway and archival fashion footage. Her company produced the documentary "Fashion Flashbacks!" that highlights fashion newsreels from the 1950s-1960s. Janet is a Press member of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and a Co-Founder of FASHIONDIG.

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