Exotic Leather Blog

Ideal Uses of Acutus Crocodile Skin

Posted by Abram Mendal on Dec 24, 2018 12:28:03 PM

The size, softness and quality of the American crocodile skin make them ideal for certain products. But you use different size and grades (quality) for different types of products. Below we define the grading standards for the American crocodile skin and then provide guidance on which skins should be used for which products. 

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Topics: garments, exotic skin grades

Exotics Take a Downtown Turn

Posted by Abram Mendal on Apr 12, 2018 9:13:57 AM

There was a time when exotic skins were geared exclusively towards the very elite set that could actually afford a crocodile handbag. Unless you were of the class living on Madison Avenue or Avenue Montaigne, there was little chance that you’d ever get to own an exotic anything. Heritage luxury brands like Hermes, Prada, Gucci, and Salvatore Ferragamo dictated the market and, therefore, dictated the customer.

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Topics: garments

What is Arapaima Skin, and What’s It Used for?

Posted by Abram Mendal on Jan 12, 2017 2:58:50 PM

If you’ve never heard of Arapaima skin before, don’t worry, not many people know about this exotic leather. This fish skins is a truly exotic skin choice that many don’t even think about. However, this is one exotic skin that you might want to consider for your next exotic leather project.

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Topics: arapaima skin, garments

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

The Top Tips for Making Exotic Leather Garments

Posted by Abram Mendal on Oct 14, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Exotic leather garments can make a very bold fashion statement. The thing is, working with leather for such large products can be a bit tricky.

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

Why Alligator Skin is a Great Exotic Leather for Making Garments

Posted by Abram Mendal on Oct 3, 2016 10:56:50 AM

For the last few weeks, we’ve talked about the different kinds of exotic leathers that are used for making garments. From the humble eel skin, to the exotic python skin, to the luxurious-feeling ostrich skin, all of the leathers discussed so far make for excellent garments.

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Topics: alligator skin, garments

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

Why Python Skin is a Perfect Choice for Making Garments

Posted by Abram Mendal on Sep 20, 2016 11:08:53 AM

There are many challenges in making an exotic leather garment for high-fashion clientele.

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

Why Eel Skin is a Good Material Choice for Garments

Posted by Abram Mendal on Aug 29, 2016 5:12:56 PM

We’ve talked about a lot of different exotic skins here on the Pan Am blog. From stingrays to crocodiles, ostriches to pythons, there is an exotic leather for almost every occasion.

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Topics: eel skin, garments