Exotic Leather Blog

Bespoke + For Interviews Pan American Leathers About Crocodile Leather

Posted by Mark Mendal on Apr 21, 2016 1:59:47 PM

When it comes to exotic leather materials such as crocodile hide, a little knowledge can go a long way to making the most out of these high-grade materials. As such, we often talk about crocodile leather with clients, providing tips and information to help designers get more from their exotic leather investment.

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Topics: crocodile skin

How to Buy Alligator Skin

Posted by Abram Mendal on Apr 11, 2016 10:25:21 AM

When you’re making an exotic leather project using alligator skin, you want to create something that’s truly unique and exciting. Since every alligator skin project is different, how can you be sure that you’re getting the best skins for your needs?

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Topics: alligator skin, belts & accessories

New Anaconda Skins in the Exotic Leather Shop!

Posted by Abram Mendal on Apr 11, 2016 10:23:51 AM

Snake skins are among the most popular types of exotic leathers to use for high-fashion projects for a variety of reasons, including their flexibility, size, and availability.

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Topics: anaconda skin

How To Pick The Right Alligator Skin For Boots And Shoes

Posted by Abram Mendal on Mar 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The Importance Of Two Skins Per Pair Of Boots Or Shoes

When you are picking alligator skins for footwear, it’s essential that you know several things going in before you make your decision. Alligator skins for shoes and boots are typically ordered in pairs. Even if you’re simply making one pair of boots or one pair of shoes, the job requires two skins. From that pair of alligator skins, one pair of vamps will be cut from the bellies and one pair of vamps will be cut from the tails. The rest of the alligator skin can be used for the foxing and the rest of the shoe or boot.

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Topics: alligator skin, footwear

How To Buy Python Skin

Posted by Abram Mendal on Mar 27, 2016 4:59:00 PM

Each python skin project is different. How do you know what kind of skin to buy, how to size the skins, and how to get the appropriate cut for your project? That's one of the hardest parts of the process, so we'd like to walk you through it.

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Topics: python skin

Tips for Working with Alligator Skin or Caiman Skin for Boots

Posted by Mark Mendal on Mar 24, 2016 2:13:00 PM

When working with any of the crocodilian leathers (e.g., American alligator skin, caiman skin, Nile crocodile skin, etc.), it is important to know how to work each skin in order to get the best results.

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Topics: alligator skin, caiman skin, footwear

How to Tan Alligator Skins: The Rundown

Posted by Abram Mendal on Mar 21, 2016 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 procedures that goes into achieving a high-quality tanned alligator skin.

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Topics: alligator skin

How To Buy Ostrich Skin

Posted by Abram Mendal on Mar 19, 2016 10:23:00 AM

What are you using it for?

The first thing to consider with ostrich skin is what are you using it for? Do you need the skin to be very soft, perhaps for garments or a very soft bag. If so, you will want to use garment weight ostrich skins which average approximately 11 square feet and are approximately 0.6-0.8 mm thick. If it doesn't need to be quite so soft, you can use standard weight ostrich skins which average approximately 17 square feet and approximately 0.8-1.0 mm thick. The garment skins are typically 20-30% more expensive than a standard ostrich skin of the same color and grade.

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General Care Tips for Crocodile Leather

Posted by Abram Mendal on Mar 15, 2016 11:02:00 AM

When you make a high-end piece of fashion wear, odds are you want to make sure that whoever buys that item takes proper care of it so that it will last for as long as possible. Keeping fashion wear looking nice keeps clients happy.

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Topics: crocodile skin, caiman skin

3 Surprising Facts About Exotic Leather

Posted by Abram Mendal on Mar 10, 2016 3:36:35 PM

Most people don’t know much about the exotic leathers used by the fashion & design industry to create provocative and unique pieces for elite clientele the world over. They might be familiar with crocodile or python skins, since those exotic leathers get a lot of attention from the handbag and footwear industries for their distinctive appearances, but there’s a lot about exotic leather that they just don’t know.

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Topics: alligator skin