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