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Get a Leather Craft Education: Chicago School of Shoemaking

Posted by Mark Mendal on Jun 25, 2018 2:36:21 PM

Finding a school to help you learn how to work with leather can be tough. This is why the team here at PanAm Leathers is putting together a list of schools that offer an education in crafting leather goods. For the next stop in PanAm Leathers’ tour of leather craft education, we’d like to introduce you to the Chicago School of Shoemaking & Leather Arts.

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Topics: wallets & small leather goods, footwear

How Lizard Skin Makes for Great Electronics Accessory Cases

Posted by Mark Mendal on Aug 15, 2017 4:46:54 PM

What's in a phone? A few years ago, the most important aspect of your phone was its functionality. All the uses of a phone had been condensed to the most basic communication and media exchange package. However, phone makers stepped up. Phones became status symbols. These days, a person is judged by the brand of his mobile phone, and by extension, the case that holds it together.

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Topics: lizard skin

5 Reasons for Sneakerheads to Use Ostrich Leg Leather

Posted by Mark Mendal on Jun 5, 2017 12:15:07 PM

Over the years, as fashion tastes have evolved, the demand for exotic leather has risen steadily. Ostrich leg leather has become one of the favorite leathers for sneakerheads and tanners alike.

Why has ostrich leg leather become so popular? Here are five reasons why this exotic leather is ranked amongst the best kinds of leather for sneakerheads to use:

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Lizard Skin—The Least Expensive Exotic Skin for Men’s Shoes

Posted by Mark Mendal on Apr 17, 2017 1:14:20 PM

When making high-fashion men’s shoes, it can be difficult to balance the quality of your end product with your costs. Everyone wants to have the best materials to work with but your budget might not always allow you to get alligator skin for your project.

Finding a top-grade exotic skin for men’s shoes that is also inexpensive can be tough. There are some types of skin that can make exquisite men’s shoes, but are very expensive to obtain. On the other hand, some less expensive skins might not be the best fit for men’s shoes because of their size or other characteristics.

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Topics: lizard skin, footwear

Is Ostrich Skin Right for Your Next Garment Project?

Posted by Mark Mendal on Sep 20, 2016 11:19:07 AM

In recent posts, we’ve discussed some of the best types of exotic leather to use for garment projects. Each of these exotic leathers gives you something beyond what common cowhide provides.

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Topics: ostrich skin, garments

What’s the Best Exotic Leather for Making Garments?

Posted by Mark Mendal on Sep 7, 2016 12:09:29 PM

The world of high-fashion garments is an incredibly competitive space. Every year, fashion designers from all over the world do their best to try to outshine the competition with creative, bold new designs, superior craftsmanship, and the best quality materials.

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Topics: alligator skin, python skin, ostrich skin, garments, eel skin

Everyday Care Tips for Storing and Cleaning American Alligator Skin

Posted by Mark Mendal on Jul 14, 2016 3:03:12 PM

American alligator skin is a rare and highly precious material. Given the value and rarity of alligator skin leather goods, it’s important to take excellent care of them to keep them looking like new for as long as possible.

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Topics: alligator skin, handbags

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

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

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 skin, caiman skin