Today we want to tackle a very important topic not only for us who speak from years of experience, but for anyone who decides for the first time to get in touch with the exotic leather trade sector: the CITES certificate.
Before introducing the subject, we want to let you know that in this article we will not use specific terms that are difficult to understand; anyone wishing to explore the topic in more detail, in fact, can simply resort to a search on Google (or visit our website).
However, a Google search is not always able to explain comprehensively to the buyer or to anyone interested in the subject, what this Cites certificate really consists of, why it is so important and to whom it is addressed.
In this article, we want to tell you with simple words and different eyes “the meaning and purpose” of this document.
Exotic leather and the creations made with it are a theme just as wide as important to discuss. Last time we spoke about the indestructibility and resistance over time of this kind of leather, this time we want to tackle one of the most sensitive topics, in our opinion: is it right or not to buy and sell items of this kind? What is their weight in nature?
We have been dealing with the production and distribution of items in exotic leather for many years (python, crocodile, alligator, ostrich) and during this time we’ve come into contact with many people all over the world and with their different approaches to the subject; unluckily, we came to the conclusion that the majority of them can be divided in two large categories, both of them too categorical and inevitably wrong.
THE FIRST TOPIC OF OUR CHECKLIST
Everyone is talking about exotic leather: from the web, to newspapers and fashion documentaries, there is a copious amount of information available that, if read more carefully, seem to always be the same, enough to make us think that there is not real information after all.
About the subject there are, in fact, many theories, very many hypothesis and as many prejudices that make practically impossible to distinguish between real and fake, reality and phantasy.
An item in exotic leather might not seem in vogue right now, considering the times we are in, but let’s be honest, this product doesn’t need fashion and trends to be in the spotlight. Bags, clutches, briefcases, small accessories: there are so many options to choose from since exotic leather, without any doubt, can turn every item into precious and special masterpieces. Sure, it might seem like a waste of money, but you will soon realize that it is indeed a great investment.
Let’s find out together why.
Have you ever noticed how the cuts of the leather chosen can affect the appearance of a bag?
As we mentioned in our previous article, ““The thousands shades and variants of python leather”, snakeskin (in particular python leather) is way richer and more variegated than other kinds of leather, so it can offer an incredible variety of shades. If you need to choose the handbag of your dreams, you might want to pay attention to the variants of leather available, right?
Increasingly more often, a number of organizations concerned with animal welfare and protection express their arguments and points of view in provocative and denigrating ways against those who trade in all types of animal products.
These publications are often accompanied by bloody and graphic images, aimed to provoke immediate shock in even the most indifferent readers, who feel they must, immediately and concretely, manifest their dissent. To whom? Naturally, any company selling that particular product. Such a company, which could be yours, is suddenly overwhelmed by a storm of negative comments, abuses and threats. At this point, since we are all human, it is easy for an employee or supporter, likely being faced with an emotional limit, to lose ability to sustain a discussion. How do we respond to this?
Offenses and threats, in fact, affect everyone deeply, especially when the subject in question is the welfare and preservation of animals. So how can we respond to this situation while maintaining calm and peace of mind? What can the company do to protect the emotional well-being of its workers? Continue reading
Quality, creativity, originality, class and style! These are some of the attributes which by now are associated with the legendary “Made in Italy”. They are characteristics of a product which cares about the honor, as well as legal right, to express this coveted mark well known by all, whether in Italy or around the world. The artisan bag made in Italy is no exception, rather it is one of the articles most representative of the unparalleled fashion designed and produced in the boot.
And so all of the runways of the world, whether haute couture or prèt-à-porter, collection after collection, are boasting these mini masterpieces of design, many of which are made right here in this beautiful country. Whether a famous brand or an emerging label, the artisan bag made in Italy always has a unique character, and the more discerning fashionistas recognize it with the bat of an eye. Continue reading
Among the questions we most receive from our clients is a request to assess the bag in their possession, simply by sending us a photo of it. Was it made with genuine exotic animal skin? Or to what particular species does it belong? How much might it be worth? Does it still have value?
Perhaps it is a bag that was inherited from their grandmother or an article purchased while visiting an exotic country. Or simply a bag bought at the mall or on E-bay and Amazon.
Although we seek to respond to everyone, providing some direction, you must understand that the question is not as simple as it seems, and it is not always possible to respond to you correctly. This depends on many factors. Here we can list a few to help you understand how a simple question can become a complicated one – especially if the quality of the photo is limited.
First, it must be established if the bag in question was made with genuine exotic leather (such as crocodile, alligator, python) or just genuine leather (calfskin for example) but imprinted. As you can imagine, the difference in value is substantially great.
Know that nowadays, the Italian tanneries have become so good at reproducing the exotic look – making them appear almost authentic – simply by imprinting, so that even we, who work closely with this leather, find difficulty in confirming which type of leather it truly is! Continue reading
For Spring 2017 we would like to offer these amazing wallets, made in genuine Molurus Python, strictly following Cites laws.
Woman python wallet made in genuine Python Molurus leather, following Cites laws.
The wallets are model ACC/4, one of the most requested by our customers and, above all the biggest one. If you want to know more about it, read our blog post about women wallets.
Genuine Python Molurus, used following Cites laws, creates amazing woman wallets
Only the blue one is available for sale!
Hurry up: every item is unique and once sold, is it not possible to reproduce it!
Come to visit us in San Benedetto del Tronto, 43 Risorgimento street, to earn the item at a special price!
CONTINUING THE JOURNEY TO THE REDISCOVERY OF NATURE
As previously announced by the color of the year 2017, Greenery, this spring will be defined by colors originating from the world of nature.
Here, the proposals of the Pantone Color Institute:
Like Greenery, this palette is strongly inspired by nature and unequivocally evokes positive feelings of change and rebirth. It is composed of shades that combine a mix of vitality, relaxation and desire for a deep connection with the nature surrounding us.
Look around you, are these not the colors which characterize our world in the spring? Are they not the colors which trigger in us positive emotions and instill a deep sense of calm yet also vitality? Are they not the green of the forest and the blue of the sea which come to mind when we feel the need to disconnect from everyday routine and indulge for a while in the respite of nature? Continue reading