All About Exotic Skins, and Why We Choose Vegan Luxury Fashion Instead
In the world of fashion, you'll find 'exotic skins' in some top designer collections, sold for thousands upon thousands of dollars. Considered the height of exclusivity and luxury, these hugely expensive products are actually more grotesque than glorious. Here's why we'll never make our luxury handbags from exotic skins...
Vegan leather luxury bags by Kinds of Grace, proving we don't need exotic skins.
‘Exotic skins’ are the skins of slaughtered reptilian animals
Crocodiles, alligators, snakes, lizards and even some marine animals like stingrays fall victim to the fashion industry. These stunning creatures look more beautiful in their own skin than any bag ever could, but, depending on species, they are hunted and factory-farmed for the sake of 'luxury fashion'.
As a vegan luxury fashion brand, we don't believe we have the right to anyone's body, so never use any animal skin. Often, exotic skin industries are particularly cruel and unregulated, with all kinds of horrific treatment of animals occurring before their unjust slaughter.
Photo: National Geographic / Nicolas Mathevon
Animals skinned alive for exotic skins
Undercover investigations have on numerous occasions shown reptiles being skinned alive. Live skinning, as well as prolonged and painful killing has been exposed in Vietnam, Zimbabwe and the United States of America.
We can't imagine the pain of being killed slowly and painfully, even being skinned alive, and continuing to live long after. Farmers and workers at skinning facilities have stated that reptilian animals are often alive for hours after they have been skinned.
A snake enjoying the warm closeness of a human.
Reptiles are sentient, just like every other animal
Snakes have friends, and many of their brain systems are similar to our own. Crocodiles are gentle and protective mothers, swimming closely alongside their young until they’re safe to swim alone. They’re known for having highly developed social and maternal relationships.
We'd much rather create vegan snakeskin and other cruelty-free fashion materials and bags!
Why we choose to create vegan luxury bags, not just exotic skin free bags
In recent years many luxury fashion houses have banned the sale of exotic skins - Chanel, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood and Diane von Furstenberg being some of the pioneering brands.
While this is an important step in the right direction, many of these brands have moved instead to embossing the same reptilian texture onto the skin of another dead animal, instead of using innovative vegan materials instead.
Our materials have half the environmental impact of the most common leather - cow skin. Cruelty-free and sustainable fashion? It's a big yes from us.