Downtown Orlando landmark LaBelle Furs celebrates 100-year anniversary with renovations

by

comment
PHOTO BY JESSICA BRYCE YOUNG
  • Photo by Jessica Bryce Young
On the way into work this morning, we spotted the iconic La Belle Furs sign in the process of bring cleaned, repaired or – dare we suggest – removed.

Shoppers, PETA activists, and fur aficionados have long known the sign, which has been an Orange Avenue landmark since 1957.



In February of 2018, owner Art LaBellman retired, leaving the fourth generation of Labellman, his son Alex and daughter-in-law Santa, at the helm of Orlando's only fur shop.

What began as tailor shop in the early 20th century transitioned into the largest full-service furrier in the entire state of Florida, which also sells leather and cashmere goods.
We reached out to La Belle’s and they confirmed the store is not only remaining open, but they are celebrating their centennial. The sign is being repaired, to keep up with the interior renovations and updated inventory.



So for now, another historic landmark stays put.

Stay on top of Orlando news and views. Sign up for our weekly Headlines newsletter.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.