Exotic Leather Blog

How Coloring & Finishing is Done in Custom Tanning

Posted by Abram Mendal on Oct 1, 2015 4:00:00 PM

In our last Custom Tanning post, we addressed the specifics of how to pack and ship your raw skin to the tannery. Once the hide reaches its destination, the tannery will transform it from raw material into a finished leather that is able to be made into all kinds of leather goods. As a custom tanning customer, you can specify the color and finish of your alligator skin(s). 

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How to Pack & Ship Alligator Skin for Custom Tanning

Posted by Abram Mendal on Sep 17, 2015 11:07:00 AM

Whether it’s for your clients or for your own personal project, custom tanning is a sure-fire way to get the unique results you want for your leather. In an effort to simplify the process, we’ve broken down some of the essential steps that are needed to ensure a solid custom tanning job.

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Topics: python leather, python skin

How to Prep Alligator Skin for Custom Tanning

Posted by Abram Mendal on Sep 9, 2015 5:37:00 PM

Tanning your alligator skin properly is essential to creating the finished product that is luxurious, elegant and durable for the long haul. The process actually transforms the raw alligator hide into leather which prevents it from deterioriating.    

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Topics: alligator tannery

Is Gator Skin Legal in California? [Update]

Posted by Abram Mendal on Sep 2, 2015 2:00:00 PM

As of late, we’ve been getting some questions from residents and leather enthusiasts in the state of California. Their inquiries into alligator skin legality become so common that we’ve decided to put it on our website where it may be quicker and more convenient to answer.

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Topics: alligator skin

Where Can I Buy Alligator Skin?

Posted by Abram Mendal on Aug 31, 2015 10:29:05 AM

If you're interested in starting your own alligator leather projects, you may be wondering where to go to buy their skins. Of course, we sell them, but we want to make sure you're aware of all your options and what they can offer. So in this post, we'll lay out the alligator skin supply landscape for you.

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Topics: alligator skin

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