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Introduction to Exotic Skin Handbags and Care

Posted on 07 June 2017

There are so many choices out there for selecting the ultimate luxury handbag. For those seeking exotic skin for the first time, the information and choices might seem a little daunting. 

Here at DeFuria Beverly Hills, we currently carry lizard, American Alligator, and Nile Crocodile. All of our skins are responsibly sourced and tanned in compliance with CITES regulations. If you haven't heard of CITES before, they are the international organization that works to protect endangered species by regulating the trade of exotic skins. (If you are interested, you can read more at https://www.cites.org)

Before making the choice to purchase your first exotic skin bag, consider the behavior of the material and how often you will be using the bag, as they are an investment piece. You will want to avoid excessive sun, water, moisture, perfume, and lotions, as these things can age your bag quicker and cause fading, especially if you have a glazed finished skin. The alligator and crocodile skins are extremely strong and durable (Just as they need to be out in the wild. They are fierce creatures!), but your bag still needs safekeeping. Avoid sharp and abrasive objects near your pieces. It's also important to store your bag in a cool, dry environment inside their protective dust covers when not in use. If an alligator or crocodile piece is well cared for, it will look great for decades.

Lizard skin is a lighter material with a much smaller scale pattern. These tinier scales have tendency to feel a little dry in certain climates, so if your lizard skin starts to change, we recommend sending it in for service to be professionally conditioned. We don't recommend doing this yourself, as we can't guarantee the results of other companys' products and they could potentially have an adverse effect. If well cared for, your lizard bag will last many years.

I hope this short blog post has been helpful and has given some insight into the character of these materials. If you have a specific question or need advice, please go to the "About Us" section of the site and I will be happy to guide you through the process of making your handbag or small leather goods selection. 

Courtney DeFuria


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