When getting ready to purchase what is sure to be your new favorite handbag and decide to treat yourself to an exotic leather piece, there are some main things to consider, this guide will help explain some key factors you should know.
Not all Exotic Leathers are waterproof.
Surprising to many, not all exotic leathers are waterproof. For example, crocodile, ostrich and python skins are not waterproof so you definitely want to avoid any contact with water or other liquids.
Your luxury purchase is a real investment.
Pieces made of exotic leathers are beautiful works of art, and as such should be considered an investment. These pieces are lifelong favorites as long as you are able to keep them in good condition.
Storage is a Key Factor.
Since heat, humidity and direct sunlight are all factors which contribute to damage, you will want to take special care when storing your pieces. You want to make sure to stuff your bags with plain, acid-free paper to preserve their shape. Always keep them in their dustbag when not in use to prevent any wear and tear or scratches. All GiovannaBarrios goods come with a dustbag for your convenience. Store your bags in climate-controlled environments, typically your closet and avoid stacking them on top of one another.
Exotic Leather pieces require more care than regular pieces.
Although we all love taking care of our luxury items, exotic leather pieces require more care than you would expect. While you may think that crocodile or python skin would be very sturdy and resilient, they can be quite delicate and their scales can separate over time. You must ensure to care for you exotic pieces adequately for example: if you have a python piece, you'll need to clean the bag in the direction of the scales and not against. Make sure to keep them away from sharp or abrasive objects. You will also want to avoid situations in which your bag will be exposed to a lot of direct sunlight, humidity or liquids as they can all cause damage to your beautiful piece. We explain more in depth how to care for each type of skin HERE.
Where there is Luxury... There is controversy.
When it comes to pieces made from exotic leathers, there is a heightened sense of drama from environmental and animal-loving communities. Thankfully, there are many brands, like Giovanna Barrios, working to promote humane practices in order to provide quality high-end pieces without all the scrutiny.