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Exotic Leather Goods

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by TheSunisShining, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. TheSunisShining

    TheSunisShining Senior member

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    Hi guys,

    Just wondering if anyone has any Exotic leather wallets, bags, watch straps, etc? I have one a Lizard wallet and now I see what all the fuss is about. The design and the feel of the wallet is absolutely fantastic. Check it out guys and tell me what you think!
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  2. damiance

    damiance Well-Known Member

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    The same species of lizard (varanus salvator), but cut out of another part i.e. belly

    How do you like it?

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  3. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    I don't think so...Varanys salvator is a water monitor and can be fairly large.

    The wallet is made of Java (sometime called "ring") lizard--Takydromus khasiensis.

    The watch band is, I suspect, Teju. One of a number of species of Tupinambis.
     
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  4. damiance

    damiance Well-Known Member

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    Ring lizard is the common name of Varanus Salvator and another large lizard (also with rings) - Varanus Niloticus. Produced by tanneries as bleached or natural (with ring pattern)
    Those two species are in general larger than Teju - this is true. But it is possible to make a shoe with Teju (not wholecut):



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  5. LeatherBoot

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    I have an ostrich notebook cover from Hermes and I love it.

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    damiance Well-Known Member

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    I love ostrich - Is the interior finished with leather lining or fabric?
     


  7. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    I don't know where you get that information but it is not consistent with what the encyclopedia says nor is it in line with what I know as a user of lizard skins. A source would be welcome...

    I have made boots out of both ring lizard and teju. And yes, you can get skins large enough to make shoes...because shoes are generally pieced. But particularly in the present market you'll play hell getting skins large enough to make the vamp of a boot. Even there, however most vamps will also be pieced simply because the skins are so small and so thin that at the margins they are fragile.
     
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  8. LeatherBoot

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    It's lined with Ostrich. Hermes doesn't usually mess about with the good stuff although recently I have been seeing Alligator wallets with calfskin interiors...and some embossed leather wallets with silk interiors.

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  9. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    I stand corrected on Takydromus. There's not much information available on "ring lizards" which I suspect is a non-scientific name given to describe the marking on the animal. As such, it may be from one or more different lizards. Including Varanus.

    When I buy lizard skins I buy Java...sometimes called Ring lizard...or tejus.

    Varanus and the Tejus appear to be different species, however. Tejus belong to the family Teiidae and Varanus Salvator to the family Varanidae.

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  10. damiance

    damiance Well-Known Member

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    As I wrote before, ring lizard is the common name, not scientific. So it is probably hard to find official source :)

    but, please see here:
    http://www.panamleathers.com/lizard-skin/

    BTW - some shop sellers confuse lizard with iguana. I guess that IGUANA sounds better than lizard :)
     


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    damiance Well-Known Member

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    Hermes always means quality ;)


    100% alligator wallet are rarities (of course depends on brand, no-name from Thailand are not). And the price is incredibly high.
    Even very well known brands offer alli/croco wallets lined with some classic leather rather than exotic one. I wish I was wrong :) but classic leather inside of wallet means that it is not only cheaper (relatively) but thiner and more pliable.

    For example, very nice wallet:

    http://www.bottegaveneta.com/us/bi-fold-wallet_cod46306275wg.html

    As to interiors - also lamb or goat skin nappa is used
     


  12. LeatherBoot

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    I have seen crocodile wallets from Hermes and Goyard that are 100% crocodile. They cost about $4k each but the alligator only exterior ones from Hermes aren't much cheaper.

    I personally haven't seen a better quality wallets than the ones made by Hermes and Goyard. Berluti makes some beautiful wallets too but the construction and choice of skin (especially for exotics) is not as good as Hermes or Goyard.
     


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    reasonable offer is MORESCHI
    Last summer in Milano I saw 100% crocodile or alligator model priced about 900 EUR. I saw this in company store at Linate Airport.
     


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    Meh. They can definitely be tasteful and subtle. From experience though, people don't tend to notice what binding holds my credentials or what holds up my pands, so why bother (perhaps the issue was indeed subtlety)? I have dabbled in exotic leather goods, but I really didn't get the recognition I wanted out of the purchases.
     


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