Jacques Ferber

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.

Jacques Ferber


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.



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.


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!



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