Many factors affect the ultimate cost and quality of a mink garment. Lower priced garments generally represent compromises in the quality of the mink, the number of mink pelts used or in the craftsmanship involved.
Fox example, a full length mink coat made from female pelts could have from forty to eighty pelts depending upon styling and size. An inexpensive coat could have as few as fifteen to twenty pelts. Various manufacturing techniques can be used to limit the amount of mink, therefore, lowering the value of the garment.
The price of a garment will also reflect the quality of the craftsmanship. Transforming mink pelts into a beautiful mink garment is an intricate process. Since the characteristics of mink pelts vary, the pelts must first be matched. In a quality garment the pelts are beautifully matched for color, texture and length of the nap. The mink should be uniform in all parts of the garment.
After the pelts are matched, each pelt must be ‘let out’ to change the shape of the mink pelt to meet the requirements of the fur fashion. This procedure involves skillfully cutting the pelt and sewing it back together. Ten miles of thread and an immense amount of craftsmanship is required.
The ‘let out’ process is most easily understood by examining the underside of a mink garment. The intricate pattern of leather and thread is an amazing illustration of the skill and labor needed to create a fine garment.
A quality garment requires both the finest mink and the finest craftsmanship. In addition to looking for the American Legend label that assures the buyer of quality mink, careful attention must be paid to craftsmanship in the garment.