Checklist: 10 things you should know before purchasing an exotic leather product


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.

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In this category realised by Gleni Team, we decided to talk about all those little and fundamental topics you need to read before entering the beautiful world of exotic leather and giving yourself or your loved ones the luxury of owning a precious product. This is useful, for example, to avoid being scared or disappointed by the daily bureaucratic problems that may occur, as a delay in the shipment. 

We hope these topics can be interesting and helpful!

The “exotic leather” area is surrounded by many myths: some of them are credible and quite realistic, others are so absurd and wrong that it is difficult to even think that someone could believe them! Not to mention the many discussions on the ethics of the subject: is or is not ethical to buy a product in exotic leather?

The reality of the situation is that nobody knows about it. Except for, obviously, the experts of the field. And so, how much do you really know about it? Where, when and how can you make a safe purchase? And where shouldn’t you buy? What are the important notions you should know? And what are the topics to be explored?

A brief mention. The purchase of an item in exotic leather is surrounded by many facts and details you need to pay attention to since the raw material comes from endangered animal species protected by CITES regulation.

You shouldn’t be totally unaware of this when you decide to buy a beautiful python bag or a crocodile wallet or a ray belt: you need to be accurately informed and realise that there are specific rules managing the trade of exotic leather products. In fact, even if to an untrained eye the buying and selling of a product in exotic leather might not seem so different from the trade of items made of other materials, these products are actually subjected to continuous, strict and mandatory controls that involve the continued commitment of many people.

Each leather used to produce items and accessories is accompanied by a series of specific documentation that certifies the origin of the specimen used (By the way, do you know what they are?) and that contains specific data about it: for example, the date of its release, the validity of the license, the common and scientific name of the species, the exact description of the goods, the details about the origin and the provenance, etc…

If the sale takes place within a country belonging to the European Union (seller – buyer), it is not necessary to provide for this documentation, even if it exists anyway. If the sale takes place internationally, outside the European Union, the required documents certifying the regularity of the goods, the licences and the permits are more than a few and they are not always easy to get.

Now you should ask yourself: “Do these licences and permits only concern to the sellers?” and also “Are there some specificities we should pay attention to?”

In this category we’ll see together everything you need to know about exotic leather: from its myths and truths, to the difficulties that might arise when you need to purchase this type of products.

(stay tuned for the next article)


8 thoughts on “Checklist: 10 things you should know before purchasing an exotic leather product

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  2. Rafael Poag

    Merely a smiling visitant here to share the love (:, btw great design. “Better by far you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad.” by Christina Georgina Rossetti.

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  4. Janaina

    I enjoy a fresh take on this subject. You have unquie ideas and your content is original and very well-written. I think a lot like you. Great minds think alike.

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  6. Jimmy

    You really make it appear so easy together with your presentation but I in finding this topic to be actually one thing which I think I might never understand. It kind of feels too complex and extremely vast for me. I’m having a look forward to your subsequent post, I will try to get the cling of it!

    1. Serena

      Dear Jimmy,

      Thank you for your comment.
      Yes, exotic leather can be difficult to understand. Follow our checklist to have many information about this business!

      Have a nice day!


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