Exotic Leather Blog

Introduction to the International Trade of Exotic Skins

Posted by PanAm Leathers on Nov 13, 2019, 12:00:00 PM


One of the challenges of the exotic skin industry is the nuance of the importing and exporting of these products. Whether you are trading skins themselves or finished products made from exotic skin, you need to be familiar with the rules, regulations and procedures. In this blog series, we will cover the do’s and don’ts of the international trade of exotic skins, especially as it pertains to the USA.  

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Topics: CITES

Ideal Uses for Shark Skin Exotic Leathers

Posted by PanAm Leathers on Jul 15, 2019, 10:51:53 AM

Even among exotic leathers, shark skin is an extraordinary and unique material. In fact, there are many people who don’t even know that shark hide is an option for their exotic leather projects.

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Topics: exotic skin grades, shark skin

Defining Qualities of Shark Leather

Posted by PanAm Leathers on Jul 15, 2019, 10:51:28 AM

Knowing the defining qualities of exotic leathers is key for choosing the right one for your needs. For example, some hides are soft and flexible, while others are rigid and tough. So, what are the qualities of shark leather?

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Topics: exotic skin grades, shark skin

How to Measure and Grade Shark Skin

Posted by Abram Mendal on May 20, 2019, 12:54:47 PM

In a recent post, we discussed the origin of the blue shark skin that PanAm Leathers uses for its shark skin offering. The blue shark, or prionace glauca, is a widespread shark species that can be found in almost any ocean (except for the Arctic Ocean). PanAm Leathers’ shark skin comes from sources in the fishing industry, as a byproduct of blue sharks that have been fished for their meat.

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Topics: exotic skin grades, shark skin

What You Should Know About Shark Skin

Posted by Abram Mendal on May 20, 2019, 12:53:27 PM

PanAm Leathers is dedicated to providing top-quality exotic leathers that suit the demands of high-fashion applications. Shark skin is one of the PanAm’s aquatic leather options, available in a variety of finishes and colors.

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Topics: exotic skin grades, shark skin

Ideal Uses of Acutus Crocodile Skin

Posted by Abram Mendal on Dec 24, 2018, 12:28:03 PM

The size, softness and quality of the American crocodile skin make them ideal for certain products. But you use different size and grades (quality) for different types of products. Below we define the grading standards for the American crocodile skin and then provide guidance on which skins should be used for which products. 

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Topics: garments, exotic skin grades

How We Tan the American Crocodile

Posted by Abram Mendal on Dec 17, 2018, 9:30:00 AM

To achieve the high-quality American crocodile skin (also known as acutus crocodile) needed for high-fashion, the skins must go through a process called tanning. Tanning an exotic skin is the crucial process in the transition of raw skin into leather. Without this, the skins are susceptible to bacterial growth and decomposition.

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Topics: custom tanning

Defining Qualities of American Crocodile Skin

Posted by Abram Mendal on Dec 13, 2018, 12:42:26 PM

There are a few qualities that separate the acutus crocodile skin from the American alligator skin or the skin of other crocodilian species:

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Topics: crocodile skin

Measurements and Grading of American Crocodile Skin

Posted by Abram Mendal on Nov 14, 2018, 2:43:38 PM

When you’re shopping for crocodile skin, the size and grade of the skins you buy is a major factor. There are many applications where you might need a large skin, and many where a skin that is too large would be a bit of a waste. Also, some applications require the entirety of the crocodile skin you use to be as pristine , while others may allow you to work around defects in the hide.

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What is So Special About the American Crocodile Skin?

Posted by Abram Mendal on Nov 6, 2018, 7:58:24 AM

Pan American Leathers is dedicated to providing top-quality exotic leathers from ethical and sustainable sources. One of the popular emerging exotic leather options is the American crocodile skin—otherwise known as the “acutus crocodile” or scientific name of crocodylus acutus.

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Topics: crocodile skin