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The American alligator is widely regarded as the top tier of luxury leather. It’s characterized by softness and clean scales relative to the other 20+ crocodile species, and is priced at a significant premium to all other leathers and other exotic skins. It’s typically used on showpiece items at the highest levels of fashion by the world’s top luxury houses, including Hermes, Ralph Lauren, LVMH and the Gucci Group, among others. American alligator handbags commonly sell for over $20,000.
The American alligator is both farm-raised and captured in the wild. At Sterling Kane, we prefer to use wild skins (typically 7+ feet long) because the scales are larger and more rugged. It’s more representative of the awesome million-year-old predator which the alligator is.
We are also very mindful of the environmental and ethical concerns surrounding the alligator. Fortunately, over the past 40 years, a collaboration of private businesses and international, national and state agencies have pioneered a compelling sustainable use system that has protected the species, their habitat and the local communities they inhabit.