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Exotic Leather

The subject of exotic leather is a pretty large one but we will endeavour to guide you through the most important aspects of this side of our business.

To start with and most importantly you should know that the trade in exotic skins is strictly controlled by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). This is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

As such movement of any skins that fall under CITES regulation can only occur with specific documentation showing its origins. Each time a skin moves to another country a certificate must be issued by the local governing body to show its provenance and the other countries it may have moved through.

In doing so a skin can be traced back to its origins to ensure that is has been lawfully procured.

The type of skins we refer to as exotic are : Python, Iguana, Tejus, Ostrich, Stingray, Crocodile, Alligator & Shark.

We term these ‘exotic’ skins simply to differentiate them from what we would call normal ‘leather’.

It is important to know that exotic skins come from animals that have been sustainably farmed and only in exceptional cases are taken from the wild.

In many cases the actual skin is a by product of the food chain.

Below we have listed the main exotic skin types along with details of their origin, CITES status and features.

Python
Iguana / Varani
Teyus
Alligator
Crocodile
Ostrich
Stingray / Manta Ray
Shark
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