Exotic Leather Blog

Using Alligator Belly Skin for Men’s Shoes

Posted by Abram Mendal on Mar 2, 2017 4:59:59 AM

A little while ago, we did a post about the best exotic skins to use for men’s shoes. One of the top suggestions was alligator skin.

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Topics: alligator skin, footwear

The Best Exotic Skins for Men’s Shoes

Posted by Abram Mendal on Feb 25, 2017 5:24:37 AM

When crafting high-fashion footwear, designers face numerous challenges. People want something that’s elegant, unique, and striking. Exotic skins can provide these things—but not all exotic skins are ideal for all footwear projects.

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Topics: lizard skin, alligator skin, caiman skin, footwear, shell cordovan leather

What Are the Toughest Exotic Leathers?

Posted by Abram Mendal on Jan 26, 2017 10:59:16 AM

There are a lot of characteristics that fashion designers need from their exotic leathers beyond just an attractive appearance. One frequently overlooked characteristic of exotic leather is toughness.

Tougher leathers are less likely to scratch, scuff, or tear than less durable ones—which helps products made from these leathers last longer.

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Topics: stingray skin, shell cordovan leather, arapaima skin

What is Arapaima Skin, and What’s It Used for?

Posted by Abram Mendal on Jan 12, 2017 2:58:50 PM

If you’ve never heard of Arapaima skin before, don’t worry, not many people know about this exotic leather. This fish skins is a truly exotic skin choice that many don’t even think about. However, this is one exotic skin that you might want to consider for your next exotic leather project.

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Topics: garments, arapaima skin

The Best Product to Make with Genuine Shell Cordovan Leather

Posted by Abram Mendal on Jan 9, 2017 11:25:07 AM

Shell cordovan leather can be hard to find and expensive. As such, it’s a good idea to make the best use out of every square inch of the material that you can. The question is, “what are the best products to make using genuine shell cordovan leather?”

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Topics: wallets & small leather goods, footwear, belts & accessories, shell cordovan leather

Why You NEED Leather Conditioner for Your Shell Cordovan Leather

Posted by Abram Mendal on Jan 4, 2017 9:57:53 AM

Shell cordovan leather, sometimes called just “cordovan” leather, is a top-of-the-line equine leather for making shoes, wallets, bags and many small leather accessories. Collected from the fibrous, flat muscle on the rump of a horse, this leather is noteworthy for its smooth grain, durability and resistance to creasing.

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Topics: shell cordovan leather

Making Exotic Leather Pillows? Here are the Best Exotic Skins to Use!

Posted by Jayme Mendal on Dec 19, 2016 2:35:10 PM

Pillows can be a surprisingly difficult part of an interior design project. There are numerous questions that go into the design, such as:

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Topics: interiors

Best Exotic Skins to Use for Rugs

Posted by Abram Mendal on Dec 7, 2016 10:32:01 AM

Animal-skin rugs are a time-honored symbol of the owner’s power and status. Exotic skins make for visually striking rugs that can grab attention while subtly tying a room together. 

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Topics: interiors, zebra skin

Best Exotic Leathers to Use for Chairs and Ottomans

Posted by Abram Mendal on Nov 28, 2016 4:23:01 PM

Leather furniture such as sofas, chairs, and ottomans are a popular centerpiece for an interior design. By using exotic leather, these everyday use pieces can become some truly extraordinary and worth talking about.

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Topics: alligator skin, interiors, ostrich skin

The Exotic Skin Recommendation Tool

Posted by Abram Mendal on Nov 22, 2016 11:17:58 AM

Do you have an upcoming handbag project that you’re working on, but don’t know which skins will best meet your size and price requirements?

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Topics: handbags