NEW YORK — Goldin Feldman, a third-generation furrier that produces the Anne Dee Goldin collection, is closing its business this spring.
President Anne Dee Goldin said an exact date has not been set. She declined to discuss her plans at this point, and wouldn’t elaborate on why the business is shutting down.
Goldin joined her father’s company fresh out of college in 1980 and succeeded her late father Frederick as president in the mid-Nineties.
Her grandfather, Aron, founded the company in 1909 as A. Goldin. When he died in the Forties, her father teamed up with his father-in-law and fellow furrier Samuel Feldman to start Goldin Feldman. Frederick Goldin, who stayed with the company for six decades, was one of the first furriers to travel to Germany and Japan to export in the Seventies and Eighties. A former president of the American Fur Industry, Goldin strove to make New York an international leader in the fur industry and helped steer the business toward more fashion-driven items. He was among the first to attract designers to the fur business. During his tenure, his company produced fur coats for Donald Brooks, John Anthony, Chloé, Yves Saint Laurent and Hanae Mori.
Following in her father’s footsteps, Goldin always made fashion a priority, as evidenced by her developing a fur collection for Narciso Rodriguez. In recent years, fur designers like Goldin made the most of advancements in techniques to create more versatile styles as well as lightweight ones that were better suited for the milder winters increasingly common on the East Coast. Unseasonably warm winters have also taken a toll on fur storage and repair sales, as many women have not been bothering to store their coats since they had not had the chance to wear them.
To rev up business, Goldin — like other furriers — layered on more accessories and a signature sportswear collection, which is sold at retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Jeffrey. Two years ago, she introduced a spring collection — a progressive move for a furrier. In a 2003 interview, she said, “The lines are blurring between outerwear, sportswear and accessories. Fur is so pervasive in all classifications. It’s so much more expansive than what I thought the fur business could be. It’s so totally accepted as a part of a woman’s wardrobe and lifestyle.
“Now, it’s really a lifestyle. Women want something to wear when they’re a soccer mom or going out to dinner or to a black-tie affair,” Goldin said. “It’s like having just the right bag for everything. It’s the new must-have item.”