Understanding Different Types of Fur
Are you shopping - or even browsing - for a luxurious fur coat? Or maybe you have
your heart set on a fur-trimmed jacket or fur hat. If you're in the market for anything
from a full length mink fur coat to a rabbit fur handbag, you've come to the right
Overland has been selling premium fur products for decades offering the finest selection
from around the world. We offer everything from silky sheared Danish mink fur coats
to sporty knitted Rex rabbit fur vests and jackets, from fox fur trimmed ski jackets
to sheared beaver fur hats, raccoon fur mittens, chinchilla fur muffs, coyote fur
headbands, and rabbit fur boots.
With so many products, styles, and furs to choose from, here's a helpful overview
of all of the types of fur you'll find at Overland. And here's a handy lexicon for
some unfamiliar terms that we use to describe fur:
Guard hair: The visible top layer of fur, consisting of long, straight,
sometimes coarse shafts of hair that stick out through the underfur and protect
it from the elements.
Underfur: The bottom layer, consisting of insulating hairs that
tend to be shorter, curlier, and denser than guard hairs.
- Plush, elegant, lightweight, and durable - Lends itself to formal and
casual attire - Look for quality in craftsmanship/fit/design
Mink is the most popular of all furs sold worldwide. Known for its luxuriously soft,
lightweight texture, mink fur lends itself well to elegant evening looks and casual
styles alike. Longhaired mink boasts lustrous guard hairs and soft, dense underfur,
while sheared mink has a wonderfully plush, velvety texture that's fabulous to the
Mink fur coats range vastly in price, from under $1,000 to over $10,000. Look for
a coat with apparent quality in the design, feel, and workmanship: one that fits
beautifully, features silky guard hairs and even-textured underfur, and has well-matched
pelts of even size. Premium mink fur coats not only offer you inimitable elegance,
but many years of wear – they're as durable as they are luxurious!
- Ultra-silky-soft, surprisingly affordable - Warm yet lightweight
- Natural longhaired or sheared (sporty) - Rex Rabbit (France): silkier,
denser like chinchilla or sheared mink
Rabbit fur is extremely popular, thanks to its heavenly soft feel, beauty, versatility,
and affordable price. Wonderfully lightweight and warm, rabbit fur features medium-length
guard hairs, and can be worn in its natural longhaired form or sheared for a sportier
look. Either way, rabbit fur is plush and silky, and lends itself well to a myriad
of designs. It can be easily dyed, sheared, knitted, or sculpted to create a unique
look or to resemble more expensive furs such as chinchilla.
Rex rabbit fur, developed in France nearly 100 years ago, is distinct in that it
has no prominent guard hair. This results in a silkier, denser fur that resembles
chinchilla or sheared mink. Sumptuous and velvety, Rex rabbit fur can be worn either
long or sheared.
Fluffy, full-bodied, warm Glamorous, beautiful Plush yet lightweight
Ideal for high-fashion trim Long, lustrous guard hairs
Another hugely popular fur is the luxuriously full-furred fox. With long, lustrous
guard hairs and a soft, thick underfur, fox is wonderfully fluffy and ideal for
high-fashion trim on collars, cuffs, wraps, headbands – you name it, fox fur
makes everything lusciously warm and beautiful.
Fox fur boasts an unusually wide range of natural colorings, including silver, red,
white, gray, and cross, and it can also be dyed in a variety of colors for stylistic
- Warm, durable - Lustrous sheen - Natural longhaired has semi-coarse
Beaver fur offers unbeatable warmth and durability in either its natural or sheared
form. Natural, longhaired beaver has long, semi-coarse guard hair with a unique
sheen and exceptionally thick, soft underfur. Its lustrous, natural brown fur is
often dyed white or darker brown. Sheared beaver fur, often dyed in playful, fashionable
colors, is velvety soft to the touch, having been shorn down to the plush underfur.
- Lofty, dense, soft, fluffy, and warm - Beautiful coloring -
Elegant, ideal for trims
Soft, dense, and fluffy, raccoon fur makes gorgeous collars and tuxedo trims, thanks
to its unique coloring and wonderful loft. With long, silvery, tipped guard hairs
and thick, heavy underfur, raccoon offers wonderful warmth and is quite durable
when cared for properly.
Sometimes the distinctive black tail fur with tan rings is used for trim, but more
commonly used is the black-tipped, silver-gray body fur. Sumptuous to behold and
touch, raccoon fur augments whatever it adorns with elegance and beauty.
- The softest, thickest fur available - Lightweight yet super-dense
- Natural colors silvery grey to slate blue
Nothing is softer than chinchilla. A rare, more expensive fur, and one that requires
a lot of care, chinchilla is highly sought after for its exceptional warmth and
softness. Chinchilla features ultra-silky fur, with lustrous guard hairs that range
from silvery grey to slate blue, and sumptuous, dark underfur. Chinchilla fur has
the highest density of any animal, with more than 20,000 hairs per square centimeter,
yet it's wonderfully lightweight.
Fox LYNX FUR
- Luxurious feel, dense, softer than coyote or fox - Unique coloration,
medium brown to gold beige/white, spotted brown - Dramatic presentation
With a luxurious feel that's softer than coyote or fox fur, lynx fur is characterized
by its unique coloration that varies from medium brown to goldish beige-white and
is often spotted brown. With its dense underfur and soft, sleek guard hair, lynx
fur offers supreme warmth and a dramatic presentation.
- Natural hues gray-brown, yellow-gray, off-white - Beautiful highlights
are signature feature - More affordable than other furs, resilient
- Warm for coats, hats, blankets
Coyote fur offers its own signature appearance with highlights of color on beautiful,
luxurious fur. Fur color varies from grayish-brown to yellow-gray or off-white,
depending on geographic origin. Coyote fur is beautiful and resilient, and generally
more affordable than other furs. This fur makes a soft, lovely trim on collars and
cuffs, and its density makes it a natural choice for hats, coats, and blankets.
- Long & curly with high-fashion appeal - Exceptionally warm, heavier
weight than other furs - One of the more affordable furs
Mongolian and Tibetan lamb are flashy, high-fashion furs with lots of personality.
The only longhaired furs that are also curly, Mongolian and Tibetan lamb have recently
become more prominent in fashion, due to their luxe, voluminous style and more affordable
Mongolian lamb fur has long, wavy guard hairs, and lends itself well to sporty styles.
Tibetan lamb fur is very similar, except its silky hair is even longer, sometimes
by three or four inches.
So which fur is right for you? All of our fur products are warm and beautiful, so
the choice is up to you, depending on your purpose, your budget, and your style.
We're here to help if you have any questions. And we're incredibly proud of the
quality and workmanship in all of our fur products, which is why each and every
Overland product is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
A 3-minute video montage of one of our Canadian craftsmen designing and making fur coats
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