Like their counterparts in the ready-to-wear business, New York's furriers did not stage big fashion shows during last week's fall openings. The recession has taken its toll on all areas of fashion, particularly the luxury level. But fur manufacturers are anything but discouraged.
"Business has been coming back sensationally," said Stanley Schulman, the president of Alixandre Furs, which makes Valentino and Calvin Klein furs. "One reason is that store inventories have bottomed out, just as people with money are beginning to spend again. Those remaining in business are doing better."
Some furriers, including Mohl, which makes Arnold Scaasi's designs, and Wagner, which makes Oscar de la Renta's, have found greater acceptance in international markets, like Japan, Switzerland and Italy, where the spray-paint can is not an everyday threat.