The Beginning
Educators by Education, a New Yorker and Chicagoan met and married in 1971. Richard began in retail during 1974 and then in the fur business in 1975. Selling always came naturally and so did numbers. Kim had a dream to one day own her own boutique and that dream came true in 1987 when she had the marketing and creative vision to start Marks Furs.
1951
Bill Lloyd started Lloyd’s Furs in Denver, CO
1987
October, Richard and Kim, the respective R and K in Marks Furs, best friends since 1970, started Marks Furs in their bedroom closet selling to neighbors and friends November, Moved to Beau Monde Mall, Greenwood Village, CO, December, first local newspaper ad
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1988
November, Moved to Cherry Creek North, their location still today
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1995
Added designer brands like Zuki, Zandra Rhodes, Louis Feraud
1991
Bought the fur division of Jonas Brothers Furs in Denver, CO
1993
Bought Lloyd’s Furs, merging the two names: Marks-Lloyd’s Furs. Created the largest fur service business in the West.Became active benefactors to local charities in the Denver metro area: Families First, Opera Colorado, Cancer League of Denver, Girls Inc.
1996
Started advertising on local tv expanding the name around the state.
1998
Added the legendary designer Michael Kors to the collection.
2001
Started carrying Giuliana Teso and Byte.
2004
Popularity of the practical fur took hold from traveling the globe.
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2000
Started traveling to Milan for the first of many business trips. Began adopting newer sheared, super sheared and laser cut styles of mink, increasing sales..
2005
Started carrying Giuliana Teso and Byte.
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2006
Started integrating higher fashion into direct mail pieces.
2007
Began our presence online.
2010
Started selling nationally online as ML Furs, creating the brand EM-EL.
2012
Expanded marketing online with the first themed editorial spread inspired by Game of Thrones.
2014
Online sales quadrupled and began selling luxury ski-wear to expand the collection.
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2013
First international sale online. EM-EL goes global.
2015
Fur industry achieves 40 Billion worldwide, employing over 1 Million people.