Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the Crocodile Skins come from?

All the skins are Saltwater Crocodile skins which come from Hartley’s Creek Crocodile Farm, at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures Wangetti Far North Queensland which has operated a commercial farm since 1990 producing skins and meat for the export market. The skin from the Saltwater Crocodile is highly sought after by fashion designers due to its comparatively small scale and lack of osteoderms (small bones within the skin).  Adult crocodiles are kept in pairs or colonies for breeding.  Female crocodiles reach maturity at lengths of 2.2 to 2.5m, while males mature later at approximately 3.0 to 3.5m.

Where is the Croctique merchandise made?

Each Luxurious Croctique Crocodile Skin leather handbag, purse, wallet, belts, coin purse is handcrafted by expert leather craftsman to deliver world-class luxury accessories each piece is hand cut and hand-made in Japan.

 ‘Croctique’ and their Tokyo based business partners, liaise closely with Japanese tanners and manufacturers to tan Crocodile skins from Hartley’s Crocodile Farm for ‘Croctique’ and manufacture into leather goods and finished products.

Our Japanese partners have spent a considerable time refining tanning technique and experimenting with new finishes with tannery specialist in Tokyo to some of the finest products in the world.  The tanning quality of the tannery is now recognised as one of the highest in Japan and highly regarded throughout the world.

 

Since Japan joined CITES, Washington Convention, the main objectives of our exotic leather business are to establish the most reliable supply source under the sustainable utilisation of natural resources. The benefits to the local producing countries and the users (i.e. Japan as importing country).  For this reason, ‘Croctique’ and Hartley’s Crocodile Farm their Australian partners for skins for tanned leather products.

How to care for your Australian Crocodile Skin Merchandise?

Australian Crocodile leather is one of the most prestigious leathers used in the creation of high fashion goods.  Understanding how to clean and care for your genuine Australian crocodile leather product is an essential of ownership.

·         Australian crocodile skin is a natural leather and should not be exposed to direct sunlight for long periods, as the surface will dry out and cause fading.

·         Store your crocodile leather in a cool, dry place when not in use.

·         Don’t fold or squash the leather while in storage. Allow it to rest naturally with plenty of space for the natural aeration.  Please use the box or dust bag to prevent dust from setting on its surface.

·         Prolonged or excessive exposure to moisture can damage the leather. If your crocodile leather gets wet, dry it off with a clean, uncoloured cloth.  Let it dry indoors naturally. Don’t expose it to direct sunlight or heat from heaters or hairdryers.

·         If your crocodile leather gets dirty, gently rub the stain with a clean, damp uncoloured cotton cloth. Excessive rubbing may damage the finish. Do not use any chemical cleaning agents as the solvents may remove the finish from the leather.

 

·         For greasy stains, try a light layer of cornstarch on the soiled area. After a few hours, brush it off with a clean dry cloth.

What part of the crocodile is used to manufacture the Crocodile Skin Merchandise?

Australian Crocodile skin as a material is used for Crocodile skin leather accessories, crocodile skin leather has a near-perfect finish, which provides a consistent source of bespoke luxury – soft, yet incredibly tough and each with its own unique scale pattern.

“Belly Skin” is the part of the skin which includes the entire underside of the crocodile’s belly, tail and chin. This is both smooth and flat and is also the most valuable piece of Crocodile skin which is used for crafting handbags, purses, wallets, dress belts and many other accessories.

“Backstrap” is the piece of crocodile skin which runs down the spine of the crocodile from behind the head to its tail which includes four rows of raised osteoderms. An osteoderm is a ‘floating’ bone within the skin.  A throwback to dinosaur times.  This gives products a very different look and feel. This is used as focal points with some of our handbag range and for the making of some belts and adding other unique features to our “Croctique” Australian Crocodile Leather Merchandising range.

 

Australian Crocodylus porosus skins attract a premium price because of the unique features and natural beauty enhanced by the graduation of size, shape and scale pattern of the skins.  This is not to be confused with Alligator or other crocodilian skins.  Australian Crocodylus porosus skins are also renowned for the flexibility of the tanned skins, which allow the craftsman to create a strong but soft feel product.

Is the Australian Crocodile Skin Merchandise from Croctique Authentic?

The Australian crocodile skin used in the manufacture of these Croctique Crocodile Skin Leather goods were raised at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, Wangetti, Far North Queensland. The crocodile farm at Hartley’s operates as a government-approved farm where no wild-caught Queensland crocodiles are used for skin products.

Captive bred adults lay eggs once a year where they are collected and incubated on site. After 3 months, the hatchlings emerge to be raised in environmentally controlled enclosures for approximately 3 years.

The Saltwater or Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) is highly sought after by well-known French and Italian fashion houses as it has the most attractive scale pattern of all the crocodilian species.

 

Like the pattern on a Zebra or Leopard, no two Australian crocodile skins are the same. Each skin has an individual scale pattern making every genuine crocodile leather product unique. These products are individually handmade in Japan by master technicians and artisans, renowned for their superior detail. Most handbags have several compartments or pockets to separate often-needed items such as glasses, phone.  There are zippered compartments which are included when the bag size allows it.

How do we ship?

Each luxurious Croctique handcrafted crocodile leather product is in a Nakaichi Bags and gift boxed. The larger handbags come in their own soft storage bag for their protection.

Within Australia, we express post with insurance and the cost from $30.00 for small items and from $50.00 for larger items.

 

Overseas will depend on the destination and the value of the insurance plus $66.00 for Permit Application.

Can the Crocodile Skin Merchandise be sent and purchased from overseas?

The Australian government along with 175 other countries is party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).  The main purpose of CITES is to protect targeted species against exploitation and protect ecosystems from the introduction of invasive species.  CITES generally requires permits for international movement of items containing plants and/or animals listed under CITES.

The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy is responsible for issuing CITES permits to allow the movement of crocodile leather goods overseas. As the item will be travelling as freight and not as personal luggage, the requirements of CITES require a CITES Export Permit.

The permit application takes up to eight weeks to process and requires an additional fee of AUD $66.00 to lodge the application. We can complete the application on your behalf and will require your full name and residential address and contact details.

 

The shipping fee rate depends on where we have to ship to and the price is on application.

Is the Crocodile Skin Merchandise from Freshwater or Saltwater Crocodiles?

All our Crocodiles are Saltwater Crocodiles we do not operate a Freshwater Crocodile farm as they are not commercially viable for several reasons i.e.; slow growing, small skins, large flat scutes, and they have osteoderms in the belly skins making shaving and sewing difficult.

The Australian Saltwater Crocodile

·      The largest reptiles in the world, saltwater estuarine crocodiles are predators in wetland regions and waterways of Australia and South East Asia. Estuarine 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.

·         A female saltwater crocodile lays eggs in a nest of mud, leaves, sticks 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 squarish 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 skin.

·         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).