At di CROCO our focus is on the beauty of our skin.
This starts with raw skin selection at the farms and progresses through each stage of the journey before an item is ready for sale. Tannery selection, tanning specifications, colours and finishes, product design and specifications, metal accessory choices and even custom making of hardware are all critical aspects for us. From raw skin selection to finished article can be nine months or more. Made to order lead times can vary from four weeks to six months, depending on skin availability.
At di CROCO every element of the manufacturing process is scrutinized to complement the superior quality of our crocodile skins. We believe that matching this luxury material with the highest standard of tanning and the best possible design is fundamental in delivering a quality finished item.
The di CROCO collection is thus the collaborative result of the efforts of our team of specialists involved in every stage of production: advanced farming techniques, necessary to maximise the proportion of top quality skins, the best tanning technologies available and top quality design and manufacture for the accessories and their components, even the presentation and packaging. All must reflect the quality of the finest, most highly sought after and valuable skin in the world.
A di CROCO accessory means true craftsmanship in every respect.
Timeless designs and colours
With classic design and attention to detail, the di CROCO range not only includes handbags, work totes, wallets and purses but extends to matching belts, card holders, office accessories, key holders and even glasses cases for men and women. Our recently introduced jewellery range is totally unique based on artisan executed collections in both belly and hornback skin.
The di CROCO internationally designed range is handcrafted by third and fourth generation leather craftsmen to deliver world class luxury accessories.
Our colour palettes for belly skin and hornback skin are distinctive. The belly skin range includes Glazed, Matte, Garment High Shine and Metallic finishes. Whilst our collection includes classic colours, we are introducing new colours as feedback from clients demands.
Hornback skin is tanned with matte finishes and various new techniques for example, the pearlised Sunrise White.
We use the most advanced crocodile skin tanneries in the world and so we are able to introduce new and innovative colours and finishes.
The skins used in the range have been carefully selected from the two best farms in the Northern Territory and each skin is unique. For this reason no two finished products can ever be exactly the same. Our commitment is to cut the skin for every item to show off the scale pattern in the most appealing way. Clients find the element of choice in terms of the specific aesthetic of the scale pattern a key reason to buy one of our accessories. All our lined belts and accessories are lined with calfskin and/or fabric. Our bags are lined with either lambskin or calfskin, usually beige colour or beige and matching to the crocodile skin. Gold or silver toned fittings are plated to a high quality. The di CROCO branding is embossed to complement the individual accessories. Since 2011, di CROCO has been working closely with the Merrepen Arts Community in the Daly River NT. An extension of this collaboration has been the creation of the stylised crocodile skin pattern used as a distinctive lining in selected handbag styles. This particular lining was designed by acclaimed Merrepen artist, Aaron McTaggart.
Australian Saltwater Crocodile
The largest reptiles in the world, saltwater crocodiles are predators in wetland regions of Australia and South East Asia. Population pressure in South East Asia has pushed the species to near extinction there while the Australian Government management programmes introduced in the 1970’s have restored the wild population numbers to pre-European occupation levels.
Our crocodiles occupy coastal rivers and swamps, open sea and island shorelines, extending well inland among major rivers, floodplain billabongs into freshwater rivers, creeks and swamps.
Crocodile management programmes in the Northern Territory ensure the viability of the wild population and supports farming of the world’s largest reptile. The first crocodile farm was established in 1980 and there are now eight licensed farms.
Crocodile farms and support businesses provide employment for hundreds with skins exported to major customers in Europe and Asia. To supplement farm stocks thousands of eggs are harvested from wild nests each year under Government Wildlife Commission controls.
A female lays eggs in a nest of mud and grass. The sex of offspring is determined by the temperature at which the eggs are incubated. If the nest is below 30 C, females result, at 31 C a mix of sexes occurs and 32 C – 33 C produces mostly males.
Crocodile skins are composed of a network of interconnected scales or scutes of various types and sizes. On the belly surfaces of the saltwater crocodile, the scales tend to be squareish and flat. The belly skin is most commonly used in the exotic leather industry for luxury accessories, clothing and furniture. The backstrap (horned section on the very back of the crocodile) is used for belts, hatbands and jewellery.
Our saltwater crocodile skins are considered the most valuable of all species because of the small scale pattern compared with other species, and the beauty and pliability of the backstrap.
The farm crocodiles are ready for harvesting at two to three years of age when the belly skin around the widest part measures 38 cms or more when laid flat.
Skins are individually identified by the attachment of Government issued tags to ensure that all future movement of each skin complies with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).