Fact or Myth? Busting 3 Exotic Leather Myths

There are a lot of common misconceptions about exotic leather that people have. These myths about exotic leather could confuse some, and lead them to the wrong conclusions about the exotic leather goods.

Today, we’ll talk about some of these myths about exotic leather.


Myth 1: All Exotic Leather Harvesting is Cruel

There is a belief among people that the exotic leather industry is universally inhumane to animals.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

The trade of animal skins is heavily regulated across the globe. Animal farms and hunters have to follow strict guidelines about how animals can be caught, treated, raised and put down. 

Even if there weren’t laws against the inhumane treatment of animals, there’s one truth that all the best farms know: Top-quality skins don’t come from abused animals. To make a top-quality skin, a farm has to:

  1. Raise animals in a safe environment
  2. Closely monitor and control animal diets
  3. Humanely harvest animals


Myth 2: Exotic Leather Harvesting Contributes to the Extinction of Species


As mentioned before, tanneries have to follow very strict international laws regarding the skins they can process and trade. Endangered species are prohibited for trade and protected species are closely governed on an international, national and state level. 

Actually, the practice of farming exotic animals for their hides has helped to contribute to the resurgence of some animal species.

For example, consider the American alligator. Prior to 1987, this animal was once considered at risk of extinction due to human invasion on the alligator’s natural habitat. Today, a combination of conservation efforts and alligator farming have seen the American alligator removed from the endangered list and back onto the “least concern” list.


Myth 3: Exotic Leather Isn’t That Different from Cow Leather

Some who have never worked with any kind of exotic leather might assume that there are very small differences between common cow hide and alligator skin, ostrich skin, or python skin. In truth, there are a lot.  The differences between cattle hide and exotic leathers are numerous.

Some exotic leathers, such as stingray leather, are significantly tougher than cow hide, making them much better for heavy-duty uses such as motorcycle bags. Python skins have colors and patterns not found on cowhide, giving them a much more distinctive look.

The rigidity of caiman crocodile hides are perfect for hard-case style handbags and other structured products.

Many of these skins have unique properties that cowhide could never match.


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