First Grade Crocodile Leather Skins
Shop Our Crocodile Leather Inventory
- Pacific Islands
- Garment Grade
- Glazed “Classic”
- Crocodile Handbags
- Crocodile Wall Coverings
- Crocodile Belts
Pricing and Availability
Larger skins are exponentially more expensive and valuable due to first the rarity of larger skins as well as the cost of producing the hide. Here is the ratio:
- 20 – 24cm (1.0 years on the farm)
- 25-29cm (1.5 years on the farm)
- 30-34cm (2.0 years on the farm)
- 35-39cm (2.5 years on the farm)
- 40-44cm (3.0 years on the farm)
- 45cm up (3.5 years on the farm)
The longer these animals are on the farm and the larger they become, they require more food and care. A 2.5 year old crocodile will eat 2.5 times what they did the previous year. A more mature animal also becomes more aggressive and has to be separated to an individual pen or grow room. Increased demand also raises the price: a 40 – 44cm hide is the perfect size for a 16″ wide handbag which drives the price up. Farmers have to wait 3 years to raise an animal and produce a finished skin this large, thus driving the prices higher.
Rojé offers top-quality genuine Crocodile leather, commonly referred to as hides, skins, and simply Croc. We process, tan, and finish genuine Crocodile hides in the United States and abroad. We strive to offer you the absolute best Crocodile skins currently available at fair market prices. Because of our extensive Worldwide research in the exotic leather industry and vast network, we offer finished or freshly tanned Crocodile skins – ready for fashion, furniture, interior design and upholstery production. Please inquire when you are ready to purchase the correct skins for your project. Each species has their own inherent benefits and costs and come in grades 1-6 as well as a “true garment grade” weight. Each species we offer are legal in the United States with CITES and Fish and Wildlife clearance as well as re-exporting to a majority of other countries throughout the globe. You will notice that we do not offer Siamese from Thailand, Viet Nam, or Cambodia; this species has trade restrictions that make Siamese illegal to possess or market in the United States, even with CITES tags and paperwork.
A Luxury Like No Other
With their intrinsic value as nature’s most beautiful leather, crocodile skins are demanded by all of today’s top fashion brands. Luxury handbag designers like Luis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Burberry, Versace, Hermès, and others have made crocodile their exotic material of choice for their high-end product lines. The styles may vary greatly but a product made of genuine crocodile is always in style; when properly cared for, crocodile leather goods are the epitome of timeless luxury. Exactly what makes these skins so desirable is dependent on whom you ask, but its elegance is undeniable.
Crocodile vs. Caiman
Caiman skins (crocodylus fuscus) are often labelled as being “crocodile skins”. The two are distinctly different; while crocodile skin is pliable and smooth, caiman skins are more brittle because of bony plates (known as ossifications) underneath the scales.
While caiman’s value in the leather trade cannot be underestimated, it is important to know this distinction and the historical background to fully understand the value difference and avoid purchasing less valuable skins than intended: in the 1930’s and 1940’s, caiman was a popular choice for briefcases, handbags, and small leather goods. From the late 1940’s leading through the 1960’s, caiman skin imports from South America started showing up in the United States and sold as “crocodile”, where they were actually caiman. It is the purchaser who is deceived when this happens; it is important for both a manufacturer and the end user to know the difference between crocodile and caiman.
Sourcing Your Skins
Freshwater Crocodile (C. novaeguineae) from New Guinea is the most luxurious, currently we only have about 500 belly skins in stock. See the link below to view the current colors, and note also that we can produce any color in matte or glazed with an order of 4 skins per color. Sizes range from 35-60cm. Hides may be skived down thinner for garments. We always use extra oil when tanning these skins so we market them all as garment grade.
Also available are Saltwater Crocodile (C. porous) belly skins in black, chocolate, and cognac garment grade matte, sizes between 40-70cm in stock and ready to ship. These skins were imported from Australia and carry a higher price tag. Sorry, no glazed at the present time.
Lastly, we can supply Nile Crocodile (C. niloticus) from Africa, however quantities are limited. These skins range between 28-35cm in black, brown, and dark cognac; only matte finish.