Jacques Ferber offers the finest in luxury outerwear, including furs, shearling, down, fur trimmed and fur lined coats, leathers, as well as, an ever growing selection of forward and technical lifestyle pieces from around the world. We also offer complete services to keep your garments looking great!
In 1879 Jacques Ferber established the family fur business in Paris, France. By the time his son, Bernard Ferber, headed the business, their skill was such that they were selected to supply the renowned Parisienne designer houses of Chanel, Lanvin and Worth with their luxurious furs. From 1912 to 1939 patterns were exchanged from couture houses to the Ferber work rooms. Business was lucrative and Bernard’s younger brother Jacques was sent to the United States to open a salon while Bernard’s son Andre couriered patterns and fitting changes through Paris.
In 1911 young Jacques arrived in Philadelphia and by 1927 he and his wife Jean had purchased the flagship location of 1708 Walnut Street. At this time the Ferbers were known for their extreme attention to detail as well as their made to measure furs. They embraced innovative techniques such as “let out” and integrated the use of ranch raised quality pelts. Jacques was joined by his older brother Bernard in the spring of 1941 due to the political climate of Western Europe. Andre Ferber remained in Paris as a member of the French Resistance. Though he was captured, he joined his father and uncle in Philadelphia in 1945, after his internment.
Andre Ferber’s vision for the future included a collection of furs to please the opera matron as well as the youngandre and ruth ferber collegiate. He expanded the Ferber label to include ready to wear designs and “fun furs” while maintaining their custom design capacity. Andre and Ruth were joined by their sons Andre Jr. and Kenneth by the late 1970’s. Kenneth Ferber runs the operations today.
Heritage furs are a big hit with young fashion lovers. We see many young women who have inherited their grandmother’s, or mothers coats, and are a little stumped with how to make them reflect their own more modern, or individual style sensibilities. To solve this problem, we have helped countless customers restyle their old fur coat and create fresh, updated and personalized fur pieces that they can be proud of.
No matter your goals; a newly designed coat, fur accessories, a great fur bag, or even cozy and elegant home furnishings, we can bring your vision full-circle. With our highly skilled fur artisans and designers we can help transform your outdated fur style and create new memories, while honoring old ones.
Maintaining your fur garment is an important component that will dramatically impact its visual appearance and longevity. Unlike many other fabrications fur, while extremely durable, is also susceptible to unique wear and damage because of its inherent natural properties. Drop off your furs and shearlings at any one of our locations.