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What Metal-Free Exotic Leathers Does Pan American Leathers Offer?

Posted by Abram Mendal on Dec 6, 2017 1:56:04 PM

In some previous posts, we’ve covered the emergence of metal-free tanning in the exotic leather industry—what it is, how it differs from chrome-based tanning, and its current status in the industry.

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Topics: alligator skin, arapaima skin

The Current Status of Metal-Free Tanning for Exotic Leather

Posted by Abram Mendal on Nov 10, 2017 5:29:58 PM

In a previous post, I mentioned the issues with metal-free tanning vs. chrome tanning for exotic leathers. The big issue with vegetable tanning was that—although it was more environmentally-friendly than chrome tanning—it produced hides that lacked certain physical and aesthetic qualities required in the world of luxury leather.

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Topics: custom tanning

Some Issues with Metal-Free Tanning Methods

Posted by Abram Mendal on Oct 31, 2017 4:38:00 PM

In a couple of recent blogs, we’ve talked about the Lineapelle expo and its focus on metal-free tanning methods. One of the reasons why veg-tan is catching on in the industry is that it doesn’t use the same kinds of metal-enriched heavy chemicals that chrome tanning relies on. This helps to limit the environmental impacts of the tanning process.

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Topics: custom tanning

Why the Exotic Leather Industry is Pursuing Metal- Free Tanning

Posted by Abram Mendal on Oct 30, 2017 8:58:27 AM

At the recent Lineapelle expo, there was a lot of discussion about vegetable tanning, or veg-tan. This is a metal-free tanning method that uses vegetable tannins to treat animal hides—one which has traditionally had a few issues compared to chrome tanning.

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Topics: custom tanning

An Introduction to Metal-Free Tanning of Exotic Leather

Posted by Abram Mendal on Oct 20, 2017 2:20:55 PM

We just got back from Lineapelle, the international exhibition “dedicated to leather, accessories, components, synthetics and models for footwear, leather goods, garments and furniture.” It’s a good place to go for inspiration and to get a feel for trends in the market. Most years, it’s about colors, looks, or, most recently, technologically-enhanced materials like touchscreen, gold dusting, neoprene stretch, thermal, and glow-in-the-dark.

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Topics: custom tanning

What Are the Best Exotic Leathers for Water-Resistant Products?

Posted by Abram Mendal on Sep 8, 2017 11:15:52 AM

Fashion evolves fast. However, the fashion-forward crowd has found ways to diversify and make the most out of the best exotic leathers available. Water-resistant products have always been a winner in fashion. Having water-resistant qualities makes leather great for a variety of applications, and more durable in wet weather.

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Topics: stingray skin, eel skin, arapaima skin

Make Water-Resistant Electronics Cases with Eel Skin!

Posted by Abram Mendal on Aug 26, 2017 9:47:46 AM

The demand for seamless access to data has led to an increase in handheld devices. In a bid to get the best viewing experience, buyers are treating themselves to luxury electronics devices such as Kindles and iPads. These devices are sleek, eye-catching and an absolute breeze to handle. To complement these delicate luxury electronics, many users are demanding equally luxurious electronics cases. Eel skin is a material that may just fit the bill for making water-resistant electronics cases that are both luxurious and functional.

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Topics: eel skin

Why Small Alligator Skin is Ideal for Electronics Accessories

Posted by Abram Mendal on Aug 21, 2017 10:41:27 AM

When Nikola Tesla was busy putting wires together, he probably never imagined that someday, alongside memes, electronics would dominate almost every facet of human existence. In his defense, neither did most people. Now, we are faced with the challenge to not only have top notch electronics, but we also have to figure out ways to be stylish as we keep them secure and intact.

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Could Ostrich Leg Leather Be the Ideal Phone Case?

Posted by Abram Mendal on Aug 21, 2017 10:33:41 AM

Exotic leather has found its rightful place in fashion. However, once the leather bug bites, you can bet you will want more. That is why exotic leather phone cases are all the rage, and the best part is, they're not just seasonal.

We have explored some of the most reliable phone case skin options in previous posts. While they are all great options, could ostrich skin be the ideal phone case? To make a solid decision, you’d need to evaluate all of the characteristics of ostrich leg skin:

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Topics: wallets & small leather goods, ostrich skin, phone case

What Makes Polished Stingray Skin Great for Phone Cases?

Posted by Abram Mendal on Aug 1, 2017 3:43:09 PM

For a while, stingray material was simply a delicacy in places where stingrays thrived. Most of the time, fishers who caught these magnificent creatures tossed their skins back into the water. Skins are bio-degradable, but it seems kind of wasteful, doesn't it?

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Topics: stingray skin, wallets & small leather goods