Exotic skins have long been used in the fashion industry, and even more so when it comes to luxury handbags. Most of the big names in the industry use an array of different skins in order to hit an exclusive market, and simply because they never go out of style.
One of the most famous exotic skins to use is Alligator or Crocodile. These are often imitated in plastic to make the look more affordable for the high street retailers and for shoppers who want to carry these stylish accessories without the price tag. However, when it comes to the elite handbags of the industry there is no rival to the real thing.
Arguably one of the most famous of these bags is the Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Birkin bag by Hermès, which is an extremely rare pale skin. This bag went down in history as the most expensive bag of all time when it sold for £208,175. The same leather has been seen on the arms of Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham, so it’s no surprise that the demand for exotic skin handbags is only continuing to rise.
If you are a fan of an Alligator skin bag, then the Balenciaga Le Dix is the perfect choice. With its sophisticated and feminine design, the practical and effortlessly cool Le Dix bag is large enough to wear everyday and pack in all of your essentials. Detach the shoulder strap to wear this bag through to the evening. The rich emerald hue is a perfect, stylish alternative to black.
Another stylish exotic skin is Ostrich. It has a distinctive bumpy texture and small circle marks which make it unmistakable against other leather types. It is also a celebrity favourite. The most expensive of ostrich leather handbags are said to be worth up to approximately £100,000. However, you can get your hands on stunning ostrich leather handbags from a wide range of designers, from Prada to Mulberry and Louis Vuitton.
Prada created this highly sought after Ostrich leather tote bag, which is an extremely rare find. In this black colour way with gold tone hardware, it a chic and versatile bag that will add a touch of luxury to any wardrobe. So if you have been waiting to find the perfect Ostrich leather investment handbag, this is the one to get.
For a classic exotic handbag, there is animal print. For years, animal print has been in fashion and it doesn’t look to be going anywhere anytime soon. Designers including Balmain continued to include animal print on their designs for AW17 fashion week, so it’s safe to say that it continues to make a good investment. Although they stand out, animal prints are usually in soft nude tones, like beige and brown, so they can be worn with almost any other colour.
Mulberry have created this elegant, practical Winsley bag, which is smooth and silky with fine calf hair and comes with beautiful gold-tone chain. If you are on the lookout for a chic, sophisticated bag that you can carry from day to night in eye catching animal print, the Winsley bag would be a perfect choice.