Exotic Leather Blog

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

Get a Leather Craft Education: Tandy Leather

Posted by Abram Mendal on Jun 15, 2018 9:08:53 AM

Tandy Leather has been supplying leather, tools, kits and instructional materials and experiences to leather craftsmen since 1919, through hundreds of brick-and-mortar locations and their website. The company also holds numerous leather crafting classes at different sites around the country to help up-and-coming leather designers learn specific skills.

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Topics: wallets & small leather goods

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

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

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: shell cordovan leather, footwear, belts & accessories, wallets & small leather goods

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

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

4  Tips for Working with Ostrich Leg Leather

Posted by Abram Mendal on Jan 19, 2016 11:31:48 AM

In a previous blog post, we talked about some ideal projects for ostrich leg leather. Examples of great projects for this particular exotic leather included:

  • Boots
  • Phone Cases
  • Wallets

So, if you’re curious about using ostrich leg leather in your next project, you probably want to know one thing: how can I get the most out of my ostrich leg leather?

Well, here are a few tips for working with ostrich leg leather to help you out:

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

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

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