Why Alligator Leather Will Never Go Out of Style

Alligator leather is a strong, durable leather from one of nature’s most prehistoric animals. This alligator leather has been popular in many applications – garments, furniture, upholstery, trims, It can be finished and dyed in almost any color – Alligator leather, when properly footwear, purses and apparel have all had a touch of exotic crocodile skin to enhance its luxury appeal and style. Here are some reasons why the alligator leather trade thrives: It’s a timeless luxury – Alligator is to leather what diamonds are to jewelry; it’s always had high value luxury appeal. Many...

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Aspects of Tanned Alligator Skins

What are the most important aspects of tanned alligator skins? 1)      Size and orientation of the hide – What is the cut of the hide?  How large is it?  Most tanned alligator hides are between 5 – 7 ft in length when harvested from an alligator farm, which is more consistent and better quality than wild alligators. 2)      Grading of the Hide – Does the hide have scratches, holes, scars, tears, etc?  Natural/wild animals will always have natural blemishes and inconsistencies that add character to some applications but may be undesirable in others.  A higher...

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Alligator Leather Sales Drop, Opening New Opportunities for Investors

Alligator farms are a part of the luxury economy that is now suffering since the economic decline in the past year. Most people will not realize the economic effects on farmers since the hides produce niche products, but alligator farmers are hit especially early on when times get tough. Here’s a story about an alligator farmer for Savoie’s Alligator Farm in Louisiana, who is struggling to find a purchaser for alligator leather hides: Alligator Farming Struggles Along With Economy. Louisiana’s swamps and bayous are the ideal natural environment for alligators, where they...

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How To Tell if Alligator Leather is Real

There are a few thing you can do to see if an alligator leather is real or not: First, you should know what real alligator skin feels like and smells like.  Any “alligator leather” or “crocodile leather” should feel leathery – if it feels artificial or plastic, it is probably not the finish, it probably IS artificial or plastic.  Real alligator hides are thick and denser than the fake alternatives.   Give it a good smell as well – does it smell fishy/swampy or like tanning chemicals?  If it doesn’t have a smell or a very light smell, it is...

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What can be made using alligator leather?

Shoes, boots, wallets, hand bags, luggage, cases, hats, belts, and key ring tabs. Just about anything made from cow leather can be made from gator hide. Almost anything you can craft from cow leather can be crafted from alligator leather, granted it has been properly cultivated and tanned.  With many options available for tanning, refining, and processing of the actual alligator hide, you can create things in almost any shape, size, texture, and color. The most popular items (in order) from our experience are: Alligator Handbags – Many high-end brands and fashion designers implement...

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