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.
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