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.
Many big brands of the world fashion panorama decided to give up on exotic leather for the creation of their new collections, motivating their choice with moral and ethic reasons. In their opinion, in fact, there are not enough controls on the “controlled trade” of these leathers; in addition, the use of exotic leathers for the realization of the new fashion collections is getting more and more controversies on the part of convinced animal activists who boycott the catwalks with demonstrations in defence of animal rights.
If we focus on these first considerations, we would all agree that the only choice is to say no to the use exotic leathers in order to avoid the killing of many animals only for profit and, perhaps, even for vanity of those who periodically buy this kind of article.
But is giving up exotic leather a sign of eco sustainability and protection towards these endangered animals?
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.
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?
Practical secrets for the use of ostrich leather in the production of luxury handbags
It seems that everything is known about this leather, but in reality the information available is quite trivial, often copied from one to the other, with few details on the characteristics of this material.
- Do you know which part of the ostrich skin is used to create luxury brand products?
- Why are the follicles not distributed on the the leather in a uniform way?
- Can you use the parts of the skin without follicles for luxury products?
- Is it true that it is waterproof, as is often said?
- What are the benefits of ostrich leather and what makes it so expensive?
We offer you answers to the questions that come to mind when you think to buy an ostrich leather handbag and you do not have a clear idea of which characteristics you must consider.
* This article will not help you find out what ostriches are and why they put their heads in the sand. There is already much to read about this topic online.
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
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Woman python wallet made in genuine Python Molurus leather, following Cites laws.
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There is no doubt that in Italy, and in many other European countries, the expression “crocodile bag” is used as a general term: it is used whether the bag is made of genuine crocodile, alligator, or even caiman, which differs so much from the first two kinds of leather. The issue becomes even more complicated when the expression “crocodile bag” is used to indicate an item made with some kind of leather that has nothing to do with genuine crocodile, but it is just embossed leather.
We will discuss the distinction between genuine leather and embossed leather in one of our next articles, together with a series of useful tips and advice on how to avoid being disappointed in your choice!
In this article we would like to focus our attention on the differences between a genuine crocodile leather item and a genuine alligator one.
While on the one hand, the trade in exotic leather goods is much appreciated by lovers of luxury and refinement, on the other hand there are some leading questions and doubts raised by those who care about the environment, nature and the animals that inhabit it, which cannot be ignored.
Many people fear that the trade in exotic leather goods endangers certain animal species which, according to public opinion – not necessarily well informed – could be in danger of extinction. Continue reading
Many people tend to associate the word “snake” with the idea of risk and danger – the danger we’d experience if attacked by the venomous bite of the animal – but, at the same time it is also linked to the concept of elegance and wisdom. Continue reading