Exotic Leather Blog

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

What Grade of Exotic Leather Do I Need for My Project?

Posted by Abram Mendal on Oct 28, 2016 9:31:41 AM

Here’s a question we get a lot on calls with designers getting ready to make an exotic leather product: “Do I really need a grade I skin for my project, or can I use a different skin?”

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Topics: wallets & small leather goods, footwear, garments, belts & accessories

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

Top 3 Reasons to Use Lizard Skin On Your Next Exotic Leather Project

Posted by Abram Mendal on Mar 2, 2016 7:39:00 AM


Lizard skins don’t get nearly enough love from the average fashion designer. Sure, crocodile and alligator leather are widely recognized as top-tier fashion materials, and python skins are an ever-popular choice, but you don’t often hear much about major fashion projects using lizard skin.

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Topics: lizard skin, footwear, handbags, belts & accessories

5 Of The Neatest Things Made With Python Skins

Posted by Abram Mendal on Feb 24, 2016 3:13:00 PM

People have incredible creative skills. Over the course of history, we’ve made a large amount of things from some of the strangest materials ever. Sewing used to be done with needles made of bone, and necklaces and other jewelry have beads made from various woods, stones, and crystals. Needless to say, when it comes to designing fashion accessories, the sky is the limit with the amount of materials we have available to us today.

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Topics: python skin, wallets & small leather goods, garments, belts & accessories

Top 5 Best Exotic Leathers to Use for Belts

Posted by Abram Mendal on Feb 15, 2016 2:39:00 PM

Leather belts are a fashion stable for both male and female fashion buyers. The right belt can complete an ensemble, complementing the rest of your outfit.

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Topics: belts & accessories

Perfect Projects for Ostrich Leg Leather

Posted by Abram Mendal on Jan 6, 2016 12:20:46 PM

Here on the Pan American Leathers blog, we talk a lot about alligator, crocodile, python, and even stingray skins. From handbags to boots, saddlebags to watch bands and other fashion accessories, these exotic leathers are great for a variety of projects.

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Topics: wallets & small leather goods, footwear, ostrich skin, belts & accessories

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 to Maximize Alligator Skin on Belts

Posted by Abram Mendal on Jul 29, 2015 2:16:00 PM

Leather belts are typically made out of cattle hide, but can also be made out of other animal skins. When they’re constructed of crocodile or alligator skin, it noticeably adds a touch of style to the outfit.

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Topics: alligator skin, belts & accessories

Coordinating Your Exotic Leather Products with Fashion Collections

Posted by Mark Mendal on Jan 5, 2015 2:09:00 PM

Many fashion designers specialize in the creation of accessory items such as belts, handbags, watches, wallets, and the like. For these fashion designers, the emphasis is on creating a unique, one-of-a-kind piece that will stand out and grab attention. Using exotic leathers for these accessories is a great way to make a stand-out product.

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Topics: stingray skin, alligator skin, python skin, wallets & small leather goods, footwear, handbags, belts & accessories