Originally Posted by jaythejet
When it comes to the actual quality of croc gator skins, do the big shoemakers like EG, GG, JL, Cleverley, etc always get the best skins? Or do those shoemakers who specialize in croc/gator shoes have access to the best skins? From what I've seen on this thread JL and GG seem to have the best skins but I haven't done too much research on exotics
I suspect it's just a matter of cutting efficiencies. Smaller skins have smaller more refined tiles--the proportion/percentage of waste (which is paid for) is greater on smaller skins than on larger skins. For that reason alone, manufacturers will gravitate towards larger animals simply because of the costs...economies of scale, as who should say.
And larger tiles always look rougher and cruder.
I have access to great quality alligator and croc...and, realistically, I've got zero buying leverage.