The crocodile bag – harm or benefit for conserving the species?
* N.B. Everything indicated below refers to crocodile leather products; Such information, however, also applies to python leather products. Principles and ideas are quite similar.
Imagine a chic leather crocodile bag displayed in the showcase of a trendy boutique in the city centre. How do you feel looking at it? Enchanted by its exclusivity and driven by the desire to buy it right away? Bothered by the use of the skin from an exotic animal? Or totally indifferent? Have you ever heard of Cites?
“But what does a crocodile bag have to do with CITES? And, above all, what does it have to do with me?” – You may be asking yourself and you are right, because this connection, tough direct and immediate, is not obvious and familiar to many of us.
Nevertheless, it is precisely through compliance with CITES regulations that the purchase of this bag not only will not harm the environment, but will also stimulate the growth of these animals in their natural habitat.
You don’t believe it? It is, however, exactly the case! Let’s see together how it works.
In our previous article, we tried to explain you more in detail what a Cites certificate is and why this document is so important for us, as producers and exporters of exotic leather goods, but, above all, for the environment surrounding us.
Making sure that an exotic leather product is certified by Cites means not only having the certainty of purchasing an exclusive item made of quality and fine leathers, but also safeguarding Nature and the continuation of many otherwise endangered animal species.
Requesting 100% certified Cites leather when ordering or buying a certain item in exotic leather means fighting poaching and illegal hunting, thus ensuring a slow but gradual repopulation of many species, still protected because threatened with extinction within their natural habitat.
Now that we have raised awareness of this theme and made you more conscious of how our business works, what rules we must follow and how much effort we put into our work every day, it is time to understand how the Cites certificate can affect the timing and methods of receiving the product by the end customer.
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.
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