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World-Renowned Beverly Hills’ Furrier Edwards-Lowell To Close After 78 Years

From left, Jeffrey Lehman, Grace Lowell and Paul Matsumoto, principals of Edwards-Lowell.
Edwards-Lowell's former Rodeo Drive location.

Posted Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:07 pm

Iconic furrier Edwards-Lowell is preparing to close its doors after 78 years, company president Paul Matsumoto, and VP Jeffrey Lehman confirmed to the Courier.

The famed family-run business will host a series of events to mark the end of its 78-year run. In the mean time, Matsumoto and Lehman invite the public “to come in, have a drink and celebrate,” says Lehman.

Available for sale will be Edwards-Lowell’s inventory of more than $1 million worth of celebrity vintage and designer furs, furs used in major TV series and movies, for 50 percent off.

Each week’s sale will benefit a different charity as the firm has always supported local charities.

Starting from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25, the sale will open to the public until everything is sold.

Edwards-Lowell will continue to have storage, repair, and re-styling for current and new customers in the Edwards-Lowell building at 8712 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills.

Edwards-Lowell with also be selling its collection of Hollywood and sports memorabilia, from Hollywood’s heyday to current day. Sports memorabilia includes signed pieces from LeBron James, L.A. Dodgers, Wayne Gretzky, Steph Curry and Sandy Koufax. Celebrity memorabilia includes signed pieces from Charlton Heston, Johnny Depp, Tim Burton, Clint Eastwood, Cher, Jerry Lewis and  the Rat Pack including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop.

The Edwards-Lowell private collection of art work and photography will also be sold including works by Terry O’Neill, Chagall, Mr. Brainwash and Peter Max.

Edwards-Lowell was founded by Merrill Lowell in 1940 and quickly earned a reputation for the rare and beautiful in original fur fashions. Inspired by art and music, Lowell developed design and manufacturing techniques in fur that set the standard for the industry.

In 1961, Merrill’s wife Grace joined the business, and they developed a client base that included Hollywood legends including Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mae West, Ella Fitzgerald, Lana Turner, Sammy Davis, Rosemarie Stack, Loni Anderson, Joan Rivers, Totie Fields, Joan Collins and Liza Minnelli, the stars of Dynasty, Dallas, and stars of today, such as Cher and Britney Spears.

Their first salon was on Rodeo Drive in 1940. In 1969, they moved to their current location, The Edwards-Lowell Building.

In 1994, Edwards-Lowell became Beverly Hills’ most state-of-the-art fur salon, with a design studio and a two-story cold storage vault that is temperature and humidity-controlled year-round.

With a salon showcasing their fur fashions, socialites from around the world, and stars alike are a fixture at Edwards-Lowell.

When Merrill died in 1993, Grace became chairwoman of the business. She died in 2009, and her son Paul Matsumoto, president of Edwards-Lowell since 1995, who has worked in the business since the age of 6, carries on the tradition and empire his mother helped to create.

Lehman joined them 20 years ago as VP of sales, expanding Edwards-Lowell into other areas such as the Hollywood and sports memorabilia.

Matumoto and Lehman have decided to focus on the vintage furs they have and Edwards-Lowell will be the first furrier in the nation to stop selling new furs.

 

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