Our Coats

All of our coats are proudly handcrafted at our workshop in Old Montreal. The average full-length mink coat takes about four days of work to complete. There are many steps involved in making a fur coat and they require a great deal of skill and specialization.

The first step consists in blocking the pelts. They are stretched then blocked against a board. After they have been properly blocked, they are steamed. By dampening the leather in this way the pelts keep their shape. Blocked pelts are left to air dry for approximately twenty-four hours. Once they have been blocked, the pelts are carefully matched.

Because pelts come in many shapes, they are cut. Cutting is the process by which a single pelt is cut into thin sections, often 3/16ths of an inch thick, and these newly cut pieces are sewn together into a larger even piece. This allows furriers to make longer and thinner fur pieces that are shaped according to a desired component of the fur coat.

These new pelts are then once again blocked to stretch them into the proper shape. A pattern is then applied and, after careful trimming and sewing, the full coat is once again blocked. The blocked coat is then carefully inspected to ensure that it falls evenly. The sleeves, collar and any other trim is sewn on at this point.

The furrier's work is complete. The coat is now sent for cleaning then it is sent to the finisher will add the pockets, buttons, clips, hooks and lining. The fully assembled coat is then sent for a final cleaning after which it is ready for its lucky client!

 

Here Mr. Photi, the owner and master furrier at Heritage, sets up a plate of mink. A plate is the term for many pieces of pelts sewn together. The mink pelts have already been blocked, matched and sewn. They are about to be blocked a second time before they are ready to be trimmed into a pattern.








Fur sewing machines are unlike regular sewing machines. The needles are stiffer and there are two wheels which clamp the fur into position. This step takes extrodinary skill. The fur must be fed evenly towards the needle, just as all of it must be brushed away from the seam. Otherwise the fur might get caught in the seam leaving it weak and patchy.








Here a coat is fitted on a mannequin. The blocked coat has been shaped according to a pattern and has been sewn together. Here Mr.Photi checks to make sure that the seams are strong and that the coat falls evenly.