Exotic Leather Blog

How to Tan Alligator Skins: The Rundown

Posted by Abram Mendal on Aug 25, 2015 3:00:00 PM

We’ve received a lot of inquiries lately as to what goes into the tanning process for alligator leather. In this post, we’ll break down the basic steps of tanning so you can get a better understanding of the labor that goes into achieving a high-quality leather item.

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Topics: alligator leather, alligator skin

Tips for Using Alligator Skin on Your Wallet Projects

Posted by Abram Mendal on Jul 29, 2015 2:20:00 PM

Alligator skin has several uses in high-end, physically large articles of clothing or accessories. One of the trickiest parts for many exotic skin manufacturers is when it comes to constructing wallets and small leather goods.

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Topics: alligator leather, alligator skin

How to Maximize Alligator Skin on Belts

Posted by Abram Mendal on Jul 29, 2015 2:16:00 PM

Leather belts are typically made out of cattle hide, but can also be made out of other animal skins. When they’re constructed of crocodile or alligator skin, it noticeably adds a touch of style to the outfit.

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Topics: alligator leather, alligator skins

Comparing Alligator & Crocodile Skins

Posted by Abram Mendal on Jun 25, 2015 1:50:00 AM

Are you about to embark on your next leather project, but aren't sure where to begin? Once you've made a decision on the type of clothing item or accessory you'll create, the next step is selecting the right leather to turn that idea into a reality.

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Topics: exotic leather, alligator leather, crocodile leather, crocodile skin, caiman skins, alligator skins, alligator hide

Learning Exotic Leather: Caiman

Posted by Mark Mendal on May 20, 2015 11:12:00 AM

The Animal

The caiman crocodilus fuscus is one of four types of commonly traded skins within the Caiman species. It can be found in Central America and in the northern areas of South America — mostly from the country of Colombia.

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Topics: crocodile skins, caiman skins, caiman skin

Learning Exotic Leather: Saltwater Crocodile

Posted by Mark Mendal on May 20, 2015 11:11:00 AM

The Animal

The Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) has its origins in the Asian continent — specifically Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. This crocodile is the largest of all crocodilians and the largest reptile in the world.

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Topics: exotic leather, crocodile leather, crocodile skin, crocodile skins, exotic skins

Learning Exotic Leather: Siamese Crocodile

Posted by Mark Mendal on May 20, 2015 11:02:00 AM

The Animal

The Siamese Crocodile (Crocodylus Siamensis) is native to Southeast Asia — especially Brunei, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Borneo. The length of this crocodile can reach up to 13 feet, while the average Siamese croc is more likely to be around 7-8 feet. Upwards of 60,000 of this species is farmed annually for their skin.

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Topics: exotic leather, alligator leather, crocodile leather, crocodile skin, crocodile skins, exotic skins

Learning Exotic Leather: Nile Crocodile

Posted by Mark Mendal on Apr 20, 2015 3:45:00 PM

The Animal

The Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is native to the African continent, mostly in the central, southern and eastern areas. Its average size ranges from 13-15 feet with the longest of the species reaching lengths of up to 26 feet. Around 200,000 Nile crocodiles are farmed annually.

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Topics: exotic leather, crocodile leather, crocodile skin, crocodile skins, exotic skins

Learning Exotic Leather: American Crocodile (Acutus)

Posted by Mark Mendal on Apr 13, 2015 4:10:00 PM

The Animal

The American crocodile (crocodylus acutus), native to Central America and Northern South America, is considered the largest reptile in the Americas. The average size is about 14 feet fully grown and about 180-450 kg (400-1,000 lb.). The largest of these crocodiles can reach lengths of 25 feet and weigh up to 2,000 pounds. 

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Topics: exotic leather, crocodile leather, crocodile skin, crocodile skins, exotic skins

Learning Exotic Leather: American Alligator

Posted by Mark Mendal on Mar 19, 2015 10:34:00 AM

Welcome to the second installment of the crocodilian leather series! Here, we’ll tackle the makeup, size and characteristics and leather quality of the American alligator (alligator mississippienis). Native to the American southeast, this gator is found in freshwater habitats as west as Texas and as north as the Carolinas (but predominantly Florida and Louisiana).

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Topics: alligator leather, crocodile leather, crocodile skin, alligator skin, alligator skins, alligator hide, alligator hides