Benzing Charlebois Furs Ltd
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A Name Synonymous With Quality Furs

Benzing Charlebois Furs has been Calgary's resource for beautiful furs since 1938, carrying exclusives lines and earning its customers’ trust with impeccable service. “We’ve worked hard and always focused our efforts on the customer,” says Grant Ritchie, the store's owner since 1980. “Our name is synonymous with quality and when a customer buys here, they’ll be with us for many years because we have the knowledge and the experience.”

We don’t have your old grandma’s fur coats anymore – our selection is both fashionable and contemporary. - Grant Ritchie, owner
Furs, accessories, custom designs, restyling furs, all repairs, climate-controlled storage, lustre-glazing (cleaning and oiling your fur)

A Major Furrier in Western Canada

When Grant bought the company, Benzing and Charlebois were two separate stores that were both highly regarded. The two companies amalgamated to form one entity in 1994 and decided to keep both names.

Grant reflects upon the very first steps he took as an entrepreneur, when he acquired the business: “It really caught my interest. In those days it was a luxury business, but everybody wanted to have a fur coat as soon as they were working. The economy and the industry have changed, but we’re still selling a fashionable item that is becoming popular once again.”

Over the decades, Benzing Charlebois Furs has established itself as a major furrier in Western Canada. The company prides itself with carrying more fashion-oriented inventory than most, looking to add to its collection anything that is out of the ordinary. “We’re always looking at the presentation of the product, at the quality of the designs,” says Grant. “We’re interested in anything that is a little different in the shape, in the colour or in the patterns. We don’t have your old grandma’s fur coats anymore – our selection is both fashionable and contemporary.”

Benzing Charlebois Furs also provides specific fur services to its clientele, including storage, lustre-glazing, recycling and trade-in on new garment purchases. Another area in which the business has seen a considerable growth is in the remodelling of old fur pieces into contemporary garments, a trend that's in-line with current fashion. “We take an old fur coat and have it knit differently in order to change its style to a very fashionable one,” explains Grant. “The ancient becomes valuable as we upscale it. That’s a big part of the services we provide and it also follows the changes of the industry. It's the perfect way to extend the life of an old coat, and it's a service that's exciting for us and our customers.”

Furs, accessories, custom designs, restyling furs, all repairs, climate-controlled storage, lustre-glazing (cleaning and oiling your fur)

No Secret Recipe for Longevity

After all his years in the business, Grant is slowly passing the torch to his daughter Tyania. But he still values his work very much and enjoys the fact that the fashion industry is changing on a constant basis. According to him, there is no secret recipe to the success and the longevity of Benzing Charlebois Furs.

“You have to get in and work really hard and good things will happen afterwards," he says. "You can get a lot of different advice, but you need the heart to start with and in the long run it pays. The proof is that I’m still here and involved with a lot of energy.”

Furs, accessories, custom designs, restyling furs, all repairs, climate-controlled storage, lustre-glazing (cleaning and oiling your fur)
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