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By this time, your furs should have gone to summer camp -- if they haven't, now is definitely the time. Don't think that keeping them sequestered in the back of a closet in an air-conditioned apartment is okay. To maximize the life of a delicate and costly fur coat during summer, its hides need to be maintained in a moisture-controlled, 50-degree environment. 

"Do not store them in plastic, do not mothproof them...these can shorten the life of your coat," cautions Murray Cox, the director of sales at Alexandros, a family-owned, fourth-generation furrier in the city's famed fur district. Prices here for cleaning and storing are very reasonable. And of course, they're inspected for loose seams, dangling hooks, frayed hems, and so on; repair costs are additional. Storage alone, for all garments: $45; cleaning and glazing (a sort of finishing and "fluffing" of the fur) classic fur coats, $45, and for fur-lined raincoats, suede, shearlings, and leather coats, $75 and up. Pick up or delivery is free; the return trip is $25. 345 Seventh Ave. btw. 29th & 30th sts., 4th flr., 212-868-1043 (This article originally appeared in the 6/06 issue of Manhattan Living.)

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About the Author: About the Author: Ruth J. Katz is a well-known shopping and service writer based in New York City. She has written about shopping for 25 years for New York magazine; covered the topic on-air at Fox-TV for several years as the Home Services expert; and had her own show on both the USA and Lifetime Cable networks. Katz wrote extensively for The New York Times as well, and contributed periodically to the New York Daily News. She is a passionate shopper, always looking for not merely a good buy, but the best buy, ferreting out a "steal" or discovering up-and-coming designers. She has written five books and is a former contributing editor to Hearst's Redbook, Classic Home, and Colonial Homes; she is currently a Contributing Editor of New York Home, Golf Connoisseur, The Modern Estate, and Promenade magazines. She is also the former Shopping Director for Davler Media's Manhattan Living.

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