Demand increases, and the supply will follow. As the same rule in the fashion industry, exotic skins are needed badly to make luxury goods, and the crocodile farms, ostrich farms etc are enlarged to offer more quality leathers. Fashion houses crave finding the rarest skins to surprise the market and make more profit. Nowadays, exotic luxury goods have become popular, and exotic skins such as crocodile, alligator, ostrich, lizard and python are wildly used in making shoes, belts, bags and many more. The French fashion company Hermes is famous for bags made of exotic skins such as Hermes croc Birkin, Hermes ostrich bags and Ombre lizard Kelly.
Hermes croc bags are the staples of the fashion house. The natural beauty of croc skin adds luxury and elegance to the bags, besides, croc skin is extremely durable that can last for years. The hot colors available for Hermes croc Birkin are blue brighton, orange, rouge, and blue jean. Porosus croc and Nile croc skins are rather fabulous and rare. They are special for making the most luxurious and stunning bags. Alligator skin is even more valuable than crocodile skin, as it features the unique umbilical scar while crocodile does not. Hermes alligator Birkin bags have been released in limited versions and few can get hands on them.
Unlike crocodile and alligator, ostrich is not rare species and has a long tradition of being fed on farms. In 1970s, ostrich skins became much in demand by fashion designers. The crown leather supplying the beautiful quill follicles patterns takes up only a third of an entire piece of ostrich body skin. So the price depends on the size of the bag: the bigger, the pricier. Ostrich skin absorbs colors quite well, this is why you can find rainbow colors in ostrich. Victoria Beckham’s gorgeous fuchsia ostrich Hermes Birkin is very eye-catching on magazines and nets.
Lizard skin has beautiful small scales with nice colors. It meets the standard of Hermes and was introduced for making luxuriant Hermes lizard Bags. The processed lizard skin feels luscious, rich and tactile and is usually crafted into small Hermes items such as 25cm Kelly, mini Birkin, clutches, wallets etc. Ombre lizard Kelly collection unveiled in 2007 made a splendid debut and became another staple of Hermes family.
For many of us, a Hermes handbag is far beyond our reach, as one in leather costs at least several thousand dollars, not to mention that in exotic skin with sky-high price. If you get your hands on one, remember to cherish it and care for it.