Ariadne, a Custom Made Python skin jacket

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Curved & Sculpted, this python skin jacket features the dramatic over-sized belly scales of the natural python skins used.

Because these skins are heavier than average snake skins used in garments we made use of that body to create and hold the shape. This jacket was curvaceous even on the hanger!

Python skin, regardless of weight, holds up like armor. This jacket was very much a luxurious light weight armor. The panels were cut and the jacket was constructed in such a way – that regardless of the size of the scales – flexibility would not be sacrificed.

This jacket was created out of 2 very large, matching python skins in a gorgeous russet shade. When we made this jacket it was unusual to find matching skins like this on the local market. Now we work with a tannery in Upstate NY who can create ‘couture’ finish skins in an amazing array of colors and finishes. One of our favorite finishes has been a bronzed nude shade – really- a beautiful pinkish nude shade overlaid with the lightest dusting of metallic bronze.

After the hard paper pattern was made,  (A big step we can often forgo with custom pieces in regular leather – but NEVER, EVER when working with exotics!) the skins-and pattern pieces are carefully matched – &  marked.  Then, everything is checked 2-3 x before cutting the skins. In this case- after the pattern was fitted and complete: simply laying out, matching the pieces and cutting the skins took over 3 days. Before we even started prepping for stitching! Every step in the creation of an exotic piece takes considerably longer than a garment in regular leather.

It entails a lot of careful hand (and eye) work to build anything in an exotic skin. The materials have their own characteristics and limitations that need to be carefully considered before a piece is designed, let alone constructed. Beyond the materials themselves, the hand craftsmanship and sheer skill that goes into an exotic bag or garment is why something made in exotic skins are the epitome of quality and luxury.

It is our belief that fine materials, like all the leathers we use, deserve this respect and care in craft, as do our clientele. We want our pieces to be loved for years and passed on. A special piece like this is well worth the effort and investment and will stand the test of time.

A full snakeskin Jacket custom-made in these very rare, large scaled ‘couture’ finished skins is truly the epitome of Luxury.

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