Category Archives: CITES

#5: Should I feel guilty about dreaming of a crocodile bag?

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.

Crocodile bag a harm or a benefit for the conservation of the species?

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#3 What is the Cites Certificate? Let’s explain it in plain and simple terms.

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.

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The ABC of exotic leather

These days it is ever more complex to explain and to introduce to customers the vast world of exotic leather, certainly also due to new trends of life and the connection they have toward the animal world.

For this reason, certain types of products made from the precious leathers of crocodile, alligator, python and ostrich are increasingly viewed with a critical eye by new society, accusing the manufacturers and lovers of this kind of leather to be causing the extinction of such species.

In reality, many ignore the existence of a CITES certificate, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora, held in Washington in 1973, which aims to regulate and monitor the international trade of endangered species; this document is intended, in a seemingly paradoxical way, to protect and ensure the preservation of the ecosystems of threatened species, thus encouraging their reproduction; in particular, species protected by the Convention are classified according to the level of threat of extinction, and therefore, divided into three categories. To this end, it is obligatory to possess a CITES document, applying for it at relevant authorities, to be able to trade to and from Europe with parts of animal species covered by the Convention, or products made from it, such as accessories.CITES

Adhering to CITES and abiding by existing regulations, undoubtedly supports the safeguarding of the habitat of numerous species which unfortunately today are subjected to the threat of their extinction, due to illegality which often characterizes their commercialization.


How does CITES affects our production?

All leathers we work with come, of course, from their places of origin: the American alligator from Louisiana, the crocodile from South Africa, Australia and Asia, pythons from Asia and ostriches from Africa. Continue reading

Trade of exotic skin items

Gleni has been present on the european and international market for numerous years, promoting through time its handcrafted articles of exotic leather and really making the concept of craftsmanship and Made in Italy a philosophy to follow.

Our clients know well with how much love and dedication we care for our products, from the moment of their creation on paper until the final finishing touches as, for us, even the simplest accessory has an inestimable value in terms of affection.

There are many people who, during these years, though with a bit of initial reticence, have moved closer to our world and, beyond the beauty and quality of the item, are interested to know more about that which revolves around the trade of articles in exotic leather: laws and restrictions that regulate the purchase and sale, sanctions (even criminal) that punish all of those who transgress, limits beyond which, we are not allowed to go.Exotic leather

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What is a CITES certificate?

One of the more delicate issues

Alligators – no longer endangered thanks to well-organized conservation programms



If, on the one hand there are many people who, from initial skepticism, with time and information provided, have become supporters, on the other hand, there are still many of those who, not knowing closely what revolves around the trade of articles made from exotic leather, continue to send us e-mail or angry feedback (often threatening and imprecatory) accusing us of being only ruthless criminals greedy for money, that do not hesitate to kill innocent and endangered animals, such as pythons, anacondas, crocodiles or alligators. Continue reading