Florida Fur and Leather is a service business for fur and leather items. Our primary business is outerwear. However our expertise has expanded to include a variety of leather items from ladies handbags to leather furniture. Our full range of services include fur and leather cold storage, fur and leather cleaning, alterations and restyling and fur and leather sales. In addition to our regular customers Florida Fur and Leather does a big wholesale business for local dry cleaners. Dry cleaners are encouraged to contact us regarding leather cleaning and fire restoration services.
Florida Fur was started as a business in St Petersburg in 1957. The business has operated continuously since then as a full service fur business. In 2003 leather services were added and the company name was changed to Florida Fur and Leather. The original building was constructed in 1957 specifically designed for fur storage. The building has been expanded twice and the interior has been renovated continuously. The Fur Building is a landmark in St. Petersburg located next to the Tropicana baseball field and easily accessible from Highway 275.
The company was first started by a New York furrier named George Manos. The second owner, John Psaltis operated the company for 30 years. Mr. Psaltis, a certified fur appraiser, still provides fur appraisal services to our customers. Tom Johansen, the current owner, added leather services to the company.
Each season several thousand furs, leathers, clothing, archives and other miscellaneous valuables are stored in the vaults. We serve an average of over 2000 customers. Most storage customers have one to three furs, some customers have several and our biggest customer stores more than a hundred furs and leather garments all year. Many customers have done business with Florida Fur and Leather for decades.
The physical building is located on one of the highest elevation in St. Petersburg. The structure was constructed to withstand Florida hurricanes. The walls are reinforced block and the roof is concrete over steel beams. The original storage vault was constructed with twelve inch thick block walls lined with four inches of insulation. Bank style doors secure the vault entrances and the building is protected by sensors and cameras.