CROCODILE / ALLIGATOR
Equal in stature, both crocodile and alligator though are different species, but the leather are distinct only to connoisseurs who collect them like precious gemstones. Crocodiles have the capacity to grow much larger than alligators and are used in large leather goods such as document carriers, weekenders up to golf bags. Alligators are often crafted and used in smaller products such as watch straps and wallets to medium size bags. Crocodiles comes in various species that are distributed across the globe but the most used in the leather trade includes species such as Niloticus from Africa, Siamensis in South East Asia, Porosus in South East Asia and Novaeguineae commonly found in the Pacific Islands. Each leather is uniquely distinctive only to the expert eyes but its rarity lies in the scarcity of the leather as compared to commercial leather used in the luxury industry. Though crocodiles can now be farmed and bred in captivity instead of being wild caught in the past, it can often take up to 3 years for juveniles to grow before it can be utilized in small products and up to 5 years and beyond to be crafted into larger products.
Most connoisseurs concur that the crocodile/ alligator leather is the apex of luxury with some bags crafted in these leather costing up to USD100,000 per bag, bagging it the crown of the most collectible and desirable of all exotic leathers. Leather goods crafted from crocodile and from known brand names are often highly capable of retaining its value with some making history in auction houses. Viktor Alexander works with only the top three tanneries that supply these leathers to only the top luxury brands in the world.
HOW TO CARE
The various finishing on crocodile leather requires different attention to care. Often available in either the Safari with medium shine to Glazed high gloss finishing, each type of finishing demands a specific type of care. The Safari finishing with medium lustre can be maintained using regular natural oil or leather conditioner to keep the leather soft and supple and can be wiped with a soft cotton cloth in a circular polishing action. The glazed/ high gloss finishing does not require any products but only be buffed or polished using a soft cotton cloth in a bi-directional action to maintain its high shine lustre. Both types of finishing should be kept away from any moisture or liquid that can potentially damage or stain the leather causing irreparable damage. Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals and heat and avoid knocks or scratches on rough surfaces that can permanently damage the leather.
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|WAIST MEASUREMENT (INCH)||WAIST MEASUREMENT (CM)||RECOMMENDED SIZING|
|32.5 – 34.5”|| 83 – 88cm||85|
|34.5- 36.5”||88 – 93cm||90|
|36 – 38”||92 – 97cm||95|
|38.5 – 40.5”||98 – 103cm||100|
|40.5 – 42.5”||103 – 108cm||105|
|42 – 44”||107 – 112 cm||110|
* please note that there are 3 holes punched on the belt, the hole closest to the buckle when the belt is worn on the waist represents the smallest possible option, each subsequent hole increment represents 2.5cm with the total option for sizes being up to 5cm.
We recommend always going for the first or second belt hole when selecting sizing according to your actual waist size. For example:-
Waist 91cm = Optimal belt size would be SIZE 95 (1st belt hole) but you could also wear SIZE 90 (3rd belt hole)
Waist 102cm = Optimal belt size would be SIZE 105 (1st belt hole), but you could also wear SIZE 100 (3rd belt hole)
If unsure, you may contact us to recommend the optimal sizing for you once you have provided us with your waist measurement.
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