This is a gorgeous vintage Louis Feraud mink coat made in a medium brown colour that I believe is called pastel brown. It is made in a classic style with padded, rounded shoulders, full cut sleeves and cut with a slight flare to the knee-length hemline. It has a squared collar that can be worn either with an open neckline, buttoned or placed up around the neck
(see photos for different poses). The pelts are female mink and beautifully matched - female mink is lighter in weight than male mink, softer and more supple than male mink. Additionally, female pelts have a high lustre, are very silky and soft and are more adaptable to tailoring and draping. The coat is lined in a satin fabric that is woven with the Louis Feraud logo throughout. The brass button at the neckline is made in the form of the Feraud logo and there is a pocket built into either side.
Age: most likely 1980s
Label: Louis Feraud Fourrure Chez Holt Renfrew. Louis Feraud (1920-1999) opened his first boutique in Cannes, France in 1950. He established his couture house in Paris in 1955 and by 1957 was dressing the Parisian elite, designing many of the outfits used by Brigitte Bardot in her movies. He showed his first collection in 1958. During the 80s he designed for Joan Collins, who wore some of his creations on the television show Dynasty. He retired in 1995, passing away in 1999 at the age of 79. Holt Renfrew is a venerable Canadian department store that specializes in designer fashion and luxury goods.
Sizing: No size is indicated, but this should fit a medium to large size - please rely on the following exterior measurements for fit, taking the thickness of the fur into account (compare measurements with a similar fur coat that you presently own or to your own body measurements, and also taking the cut of the garment into account:
Shoulders: 17” across shoulder seams
Sleeves: 25 1/2” from the shoulder seam
Sleeve inseam: 20”
Bust: 43” around, taken under the arms
Waist: 42” around
Bottom: 64” around
Overall length: 36”, measured flat at the back from the neck seam
Condition: It is in very clean condition. This coat looks like it was put into cold storage every year, so it was very well cared for and maintained over the years.
This is a superior quality coat - beautiful, supple pelts with excellent glaze and colour, what one would expect from a Louis Feraud mink coat of the period!