Exotic handbags, such as crocodile, python, and snakeskin, add an element of richness, texture, and glamour due to their unique patterns. Exotic leathers tend to be more pricey than traditional leathers, such as calfskin and lambskin, because of their exotic nature and rarity. They are more than just a bag, they are an investment and a keepsake.
There is a certain level of prestige and status associated with exotic bags as well, often produced in limited quantities and carrying a hefty price tag. Expensive costs are often a barrier to most hoping to add an exotic handbag to their collection, which is why Rebag is a great option. Buying pre-owned exotic handbags is a great way to get the bag you’ve been dreaming of, without paying the astronomical retail price. Also, for the environmentally conscious, purchasing pre-owned handbags is a great way to reduce, reuse and recycle.
HERMES KELLY SPORT NILOTICUS CROCODILE
The Kelly handbag was designed and released in the 1930’s. At that time, it had yet to be named. It wasn’t until the 50’s that it became known as the Kelly, after actress Grace Kelly. Since then, the Kelly has been the inspiration for many variations of the original model, such as the So Kelly, Kelly Lakis, Kelly Danse and the Kelly Sport pictured here.
BOTTEGA VENETA KNOT CLUTCH CROCODILE
The knot clutch is one of Bottega Veneta’s most iconic timeless creations. Although it’s been around for quite some time, it wasn’t until 2001 when the clutch was redesigned with its knot-shaped closure, thus being dubbed the “Knot Clutch.” The clutch comes in many different variations, including the beautiful crocodile skin, as seen here.
GUCCI DIONYSUS TOP HANDLE PYTHON
The Gucci Python Dionysus with crystal embellishments is from the Fall/Winter 2016 collection. The dionysus has been one of Gucci’s most beloved designs in recent years, available in many different styles and materials. It was first introduced in the Fall/Winter 2015 Collection. Since then we’ve seen it become available in several styles - shoulder bag, top handle, hobo - as well as a multitude of materials, such as gg canvas, blooms print, embellished, and python, as seen here.
NANCY GONZALEZ FLAP CLUTCH CROCODILE
Nancy Gonzalez is known for her innovative use of exotic skins and creative designs. Her handbags exhibit excellent craftsmanship and high quality. This clutch is made of Caiman crocodile, handcrafted by local artisans in Colombia.
FENDI WAVE BAGUETTE PYTHON
The Fendi baguette handbag got its name from none other than the famous French bread and is designed to be tucked safely under your arm, much like how you would carry a loaf of bread. The baguette made its first appearance in 1997 and is now available in thousands of styles, such as the python wave baguette from the Resort 2017 Collection.
DIOR BE DIOR PYTHON
The Be Dior handbag was first introduced in the Fall/Winter 2014 Collection and is a nice alternative to their well known Lady Dior handbag. This beautiful pastel colored python Be Dior bag is from the Cruise 2016 Collection and is a great addition to any springtime soiree.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR EXOTIC HANDBAG
Exotic leathers are generally more fragile than other leathers, requiring special care to keep in pristine shape. Help reduce wear and tear and prolong the lifespan of your exotic handbag with these tips:
- Storage: when not in use, store in a dry, cool place, preferably in a dust bag. Do not store under constant indoor lighting, as your bag will fade and discolor. Storing in warm or moist areas can cause damage, discoloration, and even mold. Do not store on hard or rough surfaces that could potentially scratch the leather. Avoid stacking other items on top of the handbag. It is also helpful to stuff the bag when storing to keep its shape and structure in tact.
- Cleaning: It is important that if you do not know how to properly clean your exotic bag, it is best to take to a professional. If the bag is natural or untreated, spray with a light coat of waterproof spray to help reduce dirt and watermarks. Be sure to test on a small area before coating the entire bag. Wipe away dirt or dust with a dry towel. Do not use harsh household cleaners or excess water on exotic skins. Exotic skins have a tendency to dry out faster than other leathers; snakeskin needs to be conditioned every few months, while smoother exotic skins, such as crocodile and alligator, require it less frequently. Again, for proper care and cleaning tips for your specific leather, be sure to conduct thorough research or talk to a professional.
- Wear: when wearing, try to keep out of direct sunlight as much as possible. Exposure to sun can cause discoloration and cracks or drying of the skin which will result in lifting of the scales. Avoid taking your bag out in inclement weather, unless your bag is equipped with a raincoat. We also recommend putting scarves on handles, as hand oil can cause discoloration and wear.