Exotic Skins, Anyone?

Fall is here, and that means we will find more exotic skins bags on the shelves. Almost all magazine print ads from every handbag designers featured their heavily sought after exotic skins. With more people willing to spend for luxury, the high-fashion crowd are craving for exclusivity and toting one of the exotic skins bag is the only sure way to go. What makes it interesting is there’s a smaller supply of grade A skins available now since almost every accessories brand is offering exotic skins bags. No wonder the price tag is sky-rocketing.

Many of the designers are partnering with tannery around the world to secure their share, but the power houses like LV, Gucci & Hermes also own their own tannery along with partnering with other tannery. Nancy Gonzalez, who only produced handbags with 100% exotics, owns a croc farm in South America.

5 years ago, it costs Carlos Falchi $9 for 1 cm of alligator skin. It now costs him $25 for 1 cm. American alligator is the most expensive alligator because the skin is thicker yet softer. US government allots farmer only a limited percentage of alligator eggs for skinning in order to secure the species’ survival.

Nile Crocodile and Australian Saltwater crocodile are among the most sought after exotic skins in the world.

Python is the hottest skin of the season for many luxury-goods makers. California bans the sale of products made of pythons.

Anaconda, a native of the swamps of tropical South America, which has more regular-sized scales and a slightly plastic texture. Many designers turn to anaconda as a substitute for python.

So, do you own exotic skins accessories? If money is not a problem, would you get your hands on one of these? Which one would you choose? I personally would stay away from the snake skins, the thought of them coming back alive is just too horrifying..:D

Source: Wall Street Journal, WWD
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