We are proud to offer a broad range of services at Linda Black. If you live in the Melbourne area, simply drop into our store at 563 Burwood Road, Hawthorn - We are open Tuesday To Fridays from 10 - 4:30 and Saturdays 10 - 2. You can also call us on (03) 9597 9687, during winter we will try to respond to messages as soon we can. Be assured we are working hard to get your orders to you. You can also contact us by email (preferred) at and send photographs of the fur pieces, and any ideas and plans you may have in mind.


You may have Grandma's old fox necklet with its glass eyes and clip in the mouth so it bites its' tail. You may have your own fur jacket or coat from an earlier period in your life which either no longer fits, or is way out of date. Nearly all furs can have another life; so really, we can convert them to anything you like. For example, Grandma's fox becomes a large shawl collar which you can wear on any coat or jacket. That fur jacket from years ago is restyled and enlarged (or reduced) to suit who you are now. It may become a vest, with one of the removed sleeves used to enlarge the body, and the other becomes a hat or scarf. An inherited coat can become a jacket and a vest as well. A stole can be converted to a long double-sided scarf or a hat and collar, a set of coat trims, even a pair of cushions.


If you have a fur garment which you don't wish to wear, but would like to keep, then this could be the answer. We can take a full length coat and make it into a throw of about 1.2m x 1.3m, depending on the garment size. If we also have a stole, it can be added as a border. Now we have a throw that's 1.4m x1.5m. The garments are unpicked by hand and rearranged into a square or rectangular shape, resewn and re-oiled if necessary. We sew a layer of polar fleece to the back, and then a lining of your choice. We can also combine two garments to make into a bedspread. Some people have several smaller fur pieces such as stoles and capes, and even these can be combined to make a large throw. Despite variations in fur type, we can arrange them to be complimentary to one another. Almost any type of fur can be used, but there are some types which take longer to work than others. Because of the amount of variations in fur types and the time it takes to dismantle, unpick and remake various garments, we estimate costs once we have a good look at the garments in store. We have a large stock of vintage fur garments that can be used if you don't have any of your own.



This is a great way to use a fur garment that you no longer wish to wear. A jacket will make 4 good sized cushions, a cape or stole makes 2. A full length coat makes 8! We can make any size, whatever suits the fur that's available. The inserts are made to fit accordingly. The back of the cushion is usually a fabric of your choice. We can make them fur on both sides, but this reduces the number of possible cushions, and subjects the inner side to being crushed and worn against furniture.



We clean fur garments using the traditional Furrier's method, rotating them in a special refined sawdust compound. This is gentle on the pelts, and softens and reinvigorates the skins. Different grades of sawdust are used for various types of fur, and cleaning spirits are added for heavier soiling. Once cleaned, they are placed in another machine which rotates the sawdust back out of the garment, taking all the loose hair and dirt with it. The result is a garment which is soft and lustrous once more. If your fur is very old or fragile, we can clean it by hand with special cleaning spirits to ensure its' survival.  If the garment has any damage to the skin or lining, we would have to fix this prior to cleaning. This does incur additional cost. We strongly recommend that you do not take your furs to a drycleaner. These days, most are not equipped to do the job without damaging the pelts.



Furs often develop unwanted odours from years of wear or long periods of storage. Household damp and mould, cigarette smoke, stale perfume and cosmetics, mothballs or naphthalene and camphor. We are able to effectively remove most of these odours using various treatments which absorb the smells while simultaneously cleaning the fur. Costs are based on cleaning costs as mentioned above with a nominal extra charge for the deodorizing. A more accurate costing can be provided upon inspection of the garment in store.



If you have a garment which has been affected by Moths, we can treat it, using special cleaning spirits and a coarse sawdust blend which eliminates moth eggs, removes loose hair, and brings the lustre back to the pelts. After this process, we can clearly assess what repairs are needed for the garment be either worn as it is or be recycled into something new and original.



If you have fur garment you wish to sell, we offer a consignment service, where we sell your furs for you. (Please note: We do not buy furs directly off the public.) 
If you live in Melbourne, simply pop into our store with them between 10 - 4 weekdays.
No matter where you live in Australia, you can send us photographs of the garments via email Photographs are best taken with someone wearing them, or at least on a mannequin. Take images of the front and back view, with a close up of the actual fur and any labels. A photo which shows the state of the lining is also helpful. Once received, we can discuss further via email, whether it's suitable to sell here or by another method. 
Other furs can be simply too old to re-use, but that's just what happens when a natural product comes to the end of its life. These are the things we can talk about once you contact us.