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Leather

Design Ethos

Simplicity and understated excellence echo classic lines, ensuring each piece from the Idiom Collection is a wardrobe keeper enduring seasons and fickle fashion fads.

Ostrich – Ostrich skin was first used in fashion accessories in the 1970s, with a peak for demand taking place in the 1980s. Known for it’s unique qualities and generous improvement with age, each skin has a varying pattern of vacant quill marks which give it’s distinctive bump-like appearance. This follicle pattern only appears on the ‘crown’ of the skin, or base of the neck, meaning only a third of the actual skin has these distinctive marks and can be used in accessories.

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Ostrich shin – Ostrich shin is taken from the leg of the ostrich and is a much smaller skin, meaning more skins are needed per product and it’s technically harder to work with. The skin also has  an extra luxe sheen to it, and a more reptilian-like quality with the pattern resembling that of an alligator.  

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Crocodile Belly – The softest and most luxurious part of the crocodile, the belly is particularly susceptible to scratches and cuts from other crocs and natural elements. Identifiable by the small dot (the vacant follicle of the croc’s sensory hair) inside each scale, the belly hide is soft and pliable and known for it’s shiny scale like appearance.

 

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Hornback – Harder than the belly skin, the hornback or back skin of a crocodile is exceptionally durable and used predominately for accents on accessories.

 

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Blesbok Suede – Endemic to South Africa, the blesbok is an antelope with an arresting white face framed with a dark brown stripe. A hardy skin that has the softness of nappa leather, Blesbok hide is a by-product of the hunting and meat industries and as such is an entirely wild, authentic product.  A result of this is natural markings that occur to the animal in it’s untamed habitat.

 

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Springbok – South Africa’s national emblem, the Springbok is a small brown and white gazelle that inhabits the natural plains and grasslands of Southern Africa. The fur is very soft and distinctive with a band running from the nape of the neck through it’s back. Although expertly treated (and in some cases dyed black), a light shedding is to be expected.