THE HENIG FURS FAMILY LOCATED AT THE MAIN OFFICE IN MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
THE HENIG FURS STORY
In 1920, Henig Furs opened in New York City. Max Henig emigrated from Romania three years earlier and brought to Americas his expertise in fur manufacturing, a skill he learned from his father in Europe. Max sewed every fur by hand, a traditional passed down to his son, John Henig Sr., who joined the family business.
During World War II, John was stationed in Fort Benning, Ga., where he met and fell in love with a young lady from Florala, Alabama. She preferred to be near her Southern roots, so rather than bring his new wife north; John decided to bring his father’s fur trade South and opened the fur department at Montgomery Fair. This began what would become the largest fur company in the Southeast and one of the biggest in the nation.
In 1950, the Henig label made its debut at Miller’s Fashion Specialty stores and was also associated with Danziger’s. Additionally, John traveled the Southeast unveiling the latest furs at trunk shows. In 1977, his son Mike, the fourth generation of Henig furriers, became a partner, and the two expanded the business through wholesale manufacturing and leased departments in stores across the country. They also began opening their own stores and today have more than 30 locations throughout the Southeast, including salons in Belk’s department stores where there is continued expansion.
From fashionable Mink, Beaver and Fox, to the finest Canadian Lynx, Chinchilla and Russian Sable, Henig offers a wide selection. The 32,000 square foot corporate headquarters in Montgomery is where Henig maintains its main showroom and vault.
The company has also adapted to the preferences of modern customers. The business of selling furs, once considered a luxury item, has expanded to include casual furs, leather, cashmere and outerwear that appeal to juniors, misses, men and even children.
Advertising, online shopping at henigfurs.com, fur factories all over the world, and the addition of two to four locations each year have made Henig a household name. However, this tremendously successful company is still family owned and operates on its founding principles of quality, selection and customer service. Mike and his wife Jenny Lynn’s three children have always been involved in the family business, with his son, Michael Henig, Jr., and son-in-law, Colin N. Jones, serving as President and C.O.O, which continues Henig Furs Inc. as a family business for five generations.