Exotic Leather Blog

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

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

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

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

What are the Best Exotic Leathers for Men’s Wallets?

Posted by Abram Mendal on Dec 10, 2015 2:07:05 PM

As much as we hear about women’s handbags in the world of high fashion, you might think that handbags were the only major use for exotic leather for fashion accessories. However, women aren’t the only ones who want to have high-quality, fashionable accessories.

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Topics: lizard skin, alligator skin, python skin, wallets & small leather goods, ostrich skin

Exotic Skin Panels: What Designers Need to Know

Posted by Abram Mendal on Oct 29, 2015 11:26:00 AM

Exotic leathers are not a one-size-fits-all product; each type of skin has distinctly different dimensions.

Depending on what design the exotic leather is being used for, luxury handbags to custom bed frames, you should know the measurements of the panels that each skin can yield and what each exotic leather is ideally used for.

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Topics: stingray skin, lizard skin, alligator skin, python skin, caiman skin, interiors, wallets & small leather goods, footwear, handbags, ostrich skin, garments, belts & accessories

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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Topics: alligator skin

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: alligator 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 skin