A Proud Tradition Established 1879
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.
THE FLAGSHIP SHOWROOM
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.
EXPANDING STYLE & DESIGN
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.
CAN’T FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?
Jacques Ferber offers the finest in luxury outerwear… 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! If you can not find something on our site, please contact us and we will
help you find what you have been looking for!