Croc fans! Where your croc comes from....

  1. Thought this was an interesting read.....this is the croc farm DH & I visited a few years ago - the main supplier of Hermes P.Croc skins.

    Here's an excerpt if you don't want to read the whole article:

    In order to remain in such a competitive market, the Hannons have developed a niche market for their first-grade skins with the prestigious French fashion house, Hermes. For over 30 years, Hermes has been producing a particular handbag called the ‘Kelly ’bag (after Grace Kelly)which retails for US$15, 000. For about ten years, John has been working with Hermes, who buy the farm ’s first- grade skins. “We send shipments of first-grade skins, then they select and buy about 80 per cent of that shipment for around $600 each and they tan the remaining 20 per cent and ship those back to us, ”he says, “but they are very good seconds. We would consider them first grade, it ’s just that they ’re not first-grade standard to Hermes.

    $600 Australian Dollars = $450 US Dollars.........what a mark up!!!! But one I'll be more then happy to pay, one day.........mmmmm.....beige-rose....braise.....!!!!:love:

    Here's the link:
  2. Part of me likes to read these articles and part would rather not know how much Hermes pays for things! Hee hee

    It is all quite interesting though, isn't it?

    Wonder if I will ever get my hands on a croc bag in my lifetime???
  3. oh thanks a lot very very interesting. :flowers:
  4. Kristie, thanks for the interesting article!:yes:
  5. Thank you Kristie! I'll take one in beige rose, too!
  6. Thanks for the article Kristie!
  7. Ever since I sawe Le Divorce, I've wanted a red crocodile Kelly bag. Yummy.
  8. I've always loved Kellys and i love exotics. However, I must admit I didn't realize how beautiful croc is until I saw "Le Divorce". I'm still more of an ostrich girl though.
  9. Kristy.F! thank you for a very informative post!, loved reading it
  10. ugh - man, that's a markup but i still want my me stubborn.:P and thanks for the interesting article.
  11. Thanks for sharing such an interesting article!
  12. Oh God P.E.T.A. would chew our heads off for this.

    But ,.. I'll take one in 30cm Roi Bleu
  13. Glad to see I didn't turn anyone away from croc!!!!! The poor guy has to make a living, after all!!!!!

    I wonder if Hermes would make one in 'natural' croc......wonder what it would look like? Looks like their tummies are quite pale in colour (thats where the bag skin comes from...the centre of the tummy is the front centre of the bag, so we were told at the farm).
  14. quite funny that you mention that cause i find the colour "poudre" coming very close to the natural tummy colour. ah and hermès uses only the tummy of the croc (therefore they need three of them for one bag)
  15. Exactly, lilach. I design crocodile and alligator handbags for Vivian Mendal in NY (my fall line is not on the site yet! but there are some exquisite pieces on her site); believe me, it is quite a process. We have to cut the skins in a certain way in order to do justice to the natural patterns of the skin. Also, working with crocodile and alligator is not the same as with other leathers. It requires specialists who know how to handle the skins. They can not be cut with tools; it must be done by hand. Also, the craftsman I work with in Italy, and some others, do a very special polishing of the skins which is not a very common practice. The craftsmanship, along with the price of the skins is what we pay for. Additionally, the cost of the tanning is not considered in this article. We use crocodile and alligator skins from Pan-American Leathers Vivian Mendal ( the line I design for) is the wife of Mark Mendal, the tanner. For example, when Pan American does a pearlized process they use real pearls crushed into powder. The cost of the skin is a small part of the actual cost of preparing the skins before they even make their way to the designers.

    It is a time consuming process. The best way I can describe it is to compare the process used to make a fine wine compared to the turning of the bottles, by hand, used to make fine champagne.