FIORI use the crocodile leather comes from the crocodile breeds in the Nile River Basin. The crocodile leather is the most luxurious category among the genuine leathers while the Nile River Crocodile has the most beautiful and unique pattern in the kind. The handbags made of Nile River Crocodile leather are always light, firm, rare, and magnificent. After all, in the past the handbags are exclusively for the European imperial families. Until now, could how many women for a lifetime to have a crocodile handbag?
In addition, FIORI's crocodile leather handbags are always with related documents issued by CITES (http://www.cites.org/).
Ostrich leather is the finest quality leather in the world. Ostrich leather is durable, soft, light and rare. In fact, it is one of the toughest and most pliable skins available in the luxury market. The ostrich under skin is full of natural oils, which makes it resistant to stiffening, drying or cracking.
Ostrich leather with its unique quill pattern makes it a simple way to identify genuine ostrich leather which can not be reproduced by man or machinery. This in itself makes it one of the most expensive leathers in the world today, a symbol of classic distinction and unsurpassed elegance.
In addition, FIORI's ostrich leather handbags are also with related documents issued by CITES (http://www.cites.org/).
Crocodile Embossed Cow Leather is made of cow leather however artificially embossed with the vein of crocodile leather. contrarily, Genuine Crocodile Leather is usually adopted from natural crocodile which is also under CITES' strict protection (http://www.cites.org/).
Well, Genuine Crocodile Leather is solid, durable, good looking, and most classic. However, Genuine Crocodile Leather is also very rare, very expensive, and very difficult to have it who is under limited budget. Therefore, FIORI also offers limited Crocodile Embossed Cow Leather products to those whom loves the style of precious crocodile vein in order to share everyone the opportunity to admire the natural classic beauty.
Yes, FIORI only produces genuine leather products. All FIORI's handbags are made of genuine leather. Under CITES' regulations, FIORI offers genuine crocodile and ostrich leather handbags to our customers. FIORI also offers limited crocodile embossed cow leather handbags, but also made of genuine leather.
Yes, please refer to the most popular place in Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nile_Crocodile).
The Nile crocodile is the largest crocodilian in Africa and is sometimes regarded as the second largest crocodilian after the Saltwater crocodile, usually measuring between 3.3 and 5 m (11 and 16 feet), but can grow to 6 m (20 ft). Good sized males weigh 500 kg (1100 lb), but can also reach up to 2000 lbs (909 kg). The largest accurately measured male was shot near Mwanza, Tanzania and measured 6.45 m (21.3 ft) and weighed aproximately 1,090 kg (2,400 lb). Like all crocodiles they are sexually dimorphic, with the males up to 30% larger than the females, though the difference is even less in some species, like the Saltwater crocodile.
Please refer to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nile_Crocodile).
The most interesting fact is Nile crocodiles have Temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD), which means the sex of their hatchlings is determined not by genetics, but by the average temperature during the middle third of their incubation period. If the temperature inside the nest is below 31.7 °C (89.1 °F), or above 34.5 °C (94.1 °F), the offspring will be female. Males can only be born if the temperature is within that narrow 5-degree range.
Hatchlings are about 300 mm (12 in) long at birth, and grow that much each year. The new mother will protect her offspring for up to two years, and if there are multiple nests in the same area, the mothers may form a crèche. During this time, the mothers may pick up their offspring to protect them, either in their mouth or in her gular or throat pouch, to keep the babies safe. The mother will sometimes carry her young on her back to avoid them getting eaten by turtles or water snakes. At the end of the two years, the hatchlings will be about 1.2 m (4 ft) long, and will naturally depart the nest area, avoiding the territories of older and larger crocodiles.
Crocodile longevity is not well established, but larger species like the Nile crocodile live longer, and may have an average life span of 70–100 years.
Good question, please read in (http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-difference-between-a-crocodile-and-an-alligator.htm).
The first difference between a crocodile and an alligator is that they are from different families of crocodilians. Crocodiles are from the crocodylidae family, while alligators and caiman are from the alligatoridae family.
In terms of physical differences the easiest way to tell the difference between the two is that a crocodile has a very long, narrow, V-shaped snout, while the alligator's snout is wider and U-shaped. Because of the wide snout of the alligator it packs more crushing power to eat prey like turtles that constitute part of its diet. The narrow crocodile snout, although still very powerful, is not really suited for prey like turtles but is very versatile for fish and mammals.
Another physical difference between the crocodile and the alligator is that the crocodile's upper and lower jaws are nearly the same width, so the teeth are exposed all along the jaw line in an interlocking pattern, even when the mouth is closed. They also have an enormous 4th tooth on the lower jaw that is accommodated by depressions in the upper jaw just behind the nostrils.
An alligator, on the other hand, has a wider upper jaw, so when its mouth is closed the teeth in the lower jaw fit into sockets of the upper jaw, hidden from view. Only the teeth of the upper jaw are exposed along the lower jaw line. Even the enormous 4th tooth on the bottom jaw, which is exposed in a crocodile, is hidden in the alligator.
Another physical difference is that crocodiles have a lighter olive brown coloration, while alligators appear blackish. Alligators also prefer freshwater while crocodiles like brackish water and sometimes even ocean.
No, Alligator is no longer on the list. Please refer to (http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-difference-between-a-crocodile-and-an-alligator.htm).
After surviving nearly unchanged for over 200 million years crocodiles and alligators were hunted to the brink of extinction between 1900 and 1967in a period as brief as a single man's life. Additionally their habitats continue to shrink. Today due to conservation efforts the American alligator is no longer on the endangered species list but many species of crocodiles remain at risk. Continued diligence is necessary if we are to preserve these incredible animals that open a door to the planet's early history and a window into an age of fantastic creatures that ruled the earth for tens of millions of years.
Yes, again in Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostrich_leather).
Ostrich leather is unmistakable in its appearance; No other material looks similar to it. It is characterized by raised points that are localized to the center of the hide. The portion with these bumps is called the crown. It's actually the back of the ostrich where the animal's neck meets its body. The bumps are quill follicles where a feather used to reside. On the left and right side of the diamond shaped crown the skin is quite smooth. In fact, only about 1/3 of the whole skin has quill bumps. Since the crown is the most sought after portion and since it constitutes such a small area of the skin, "full quill" ostrich products are considerably expensive when compared to bovine leather. This, along with the fact that it is one of the strongest commercial leathers, leads ostrich leather to be seen as a luxury item.
Traditionally, fashion has driven the demand for ostrich leather. Fashion houses successfully used ostrich leather in handbags for many years. Most designer brands have at least one purse made with ostrich leather. Footwear is another way in which designers showcase the material. But, by far the most widely used application is for ostrich leather boots. Just about every bootmaker uses ostrich and the demand for ostrich boots is higher than any other ostrich leather product. Belts are another major accessory that utilize ostrich leather (most ostrich boots are purchased with a matching ostrich belt). Of course there are other uses for ostrich leather notably shoes, wallets and jackets. The cost for most items is usually between $500 to $5000; handbags and jackets are highest priced due to the shear amount of leather used.
Designer handbags in Ostrich leather are extremely popular as many luxury designers such as Prada, Marcela Calvet, Botega Venetta and Gucci, continue to make fashion statements with their wares made of exotic skins. Although such items are not inexpensive, women seek them out because they are simply beautiful and different. It is quite easy to recognize an ostrich handbag.
Different geographic regions have different demands for ostrich leather. For instance, Japan has an especially strong market for lady's handbags while the southern United States has many consumers of ostrich boots.
Aside from fashion designers, the automotive industry is a heavy user of ostrich leather. Car seats, dashboards, motorcycle seats, and door panels can all be covered or accented with ostrich leather. Most after market car and motorcycle shops can alter seats by applying ostrich leather as seat inserts. Many luxury car manufacturers offer ostrich leather seats from the factory. This practice is especially popular in European countries.
All FIORI's genuine ostrich leather handbags are made of ostrich leather which is from the area of Klein Karoo (Little Karoo), Oudtshoorn, South Africa. This area supplies the best quality of ostrich leather in the world; besides, the Klein Karoo is also one of the the most diverse wine regions in South-Africa.
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