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September 06, 1986 - Image 98

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-09-06

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RESTYLING

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BY BARBARA PASH
AND CARLA JEAN SCHWARTZ

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r ou have a fur garment
that is taking up space
in your closet. You
don't wear it anymore
because it's old and outdated,
like the heavy Persian lamb coats
and mink stoles of yesteryear. Or,
it no longer fits — it's too short or
too snug. Or, it's fairly new but the
style is out of sync with today's fur
fashions.
Transforming a fur — making it
into something wearable — is a
popular choice among women in
the above situations. From
simple alterations to a complete
restyling, you have several
options.
The first step is knowing the
latest styles. According to Joseph
Roberts, sales manager at
Dittrich Furs in Bloomfield Hills,
"We're calling the new look, an
updated classic." The 1986
classic fur coat has deep, dolman
sleeves and a long length.
"The coats are long and full,"
adds Mr. Ilya, of Furs by Ilya in
Southfield.

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Jewish News

How dated can you get?
White mink coat with
fitted and flared
silhouette, notched collar
straight set-in sleeves,
patch pockets and self
belt. Assignment:
Transform the outdated
into the a la mode.
Photos by Craig Terkowitz

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"The styles are very long.
Many girls are wearing the coats
five inches from the floor," notes
Martin Malter of Malter Furs in
Southfield.
A major consideration in
restyling a fur coat is the condition
of the fur, mainly that the skins
are supple and not dried out from
heat or improper care. Also, the
price of remolding versus a new
coat.
"Your mink coat can be made
longer. It's a difficult process, and
skins have to be taken apart. But,
we are doing a lot of it this year,"
says Martin Malter of Malter Furs.
According to Diane Kozin
Wish, of Wrubel & Kozin in
Birmingham, "In order to gain
these lengths, some furs don't
have it. It can be very costly." She
admits that this topic is hard to
speak on. "Every coat must be
looked at individually. Some can
be done; some can't. There's no
general rule," states Diane Kozin
Wish.
Mr. Ilya, of Furs by Ilya,

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