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Hcp Group has been one of the best exotic leather specialists in the world since 1923. Our tanneries are repositories of exceptional craftsmanship and their perfect knowledge of exotic leather comes from years of practice and specialization. You will find on our website crocodile leather, lizard leather and even python or ostrich leather.
The Porosus is so precious because it is so rare. This leather has the image of aboriginal patterns bearing a magical balance; the square scales of the belly and those slightly more rounded of the sides harmoniously join together with a sense of rhythm. The ISOs, which serve as sensory captors on the scales and permit the animal to detect movement and adjust its temperature, become, once tanned, rounded elements that punctuate the base of each scale.
Its name is an invitation to a voyage along the Nile, its natural habitat. This freshwater crocodile is one of the largest in the world and its skin is used mainly for leather goods and footwear. Like the Porosus, the Niloticus is characterised by the ISOs, sensory captors that punctuate each scale, the small horn-shaped sides, the quite rounded scale and principally by the impressive contrast of colours between its belly and flanks.
Usually found in the southern United States, this freshwater species is considered one of the less aggressive ones. The alligator is certainly not a crocodile… Its short and stout head, smooth scales without ISOs: all of this make its skin immediately recognisable! The alligator is the preferred species for watch bands, with its characteristic scales, very squared, and the marked contrasts between the scale patterns of the flanks and the belly.
Lizard? Let us be precise: we are talking about the Varanus. It is found in Malaysia, where we were pioneers in the introduction of a traced and durable supply chain. The Varanus Salvator has the advantage of presenting a very striking colour contrast, and an equally unique pattern on its back, punctuated by regular rings.
Klein Karoo International, a partner of Hcp, is the principal player in the production of ostrich leather, renowned for its expertise and the quality of its leather. Ostrich leather, remarkable for its size - an average of 135 square decimetres - is essentially used in the manufacture of handbags or footwear. It is easily recognised for its particularly smooth and soft feel, but mainly for the follicles, commonly known as “pearls”, that punctuate its surface.
It is one of the world’s largest serpents and lives in South-east Asia, principally in Malaysia, the place of origin of our leather. It is a massive species, with a large belly and a scale pattern that narrows at the two extremities. Its light brown skin is richly coloured and it is where the emblematic diamond pattern is found.
It also is a constrictor serpent, but it is shorter and wider. This species is found close to water sources, principally in Vietnam, place of origin of our leather. Its skin is yellow-grey and is characterised by large rectangular brown marks.