SheFinds News: See You Later, Alligator!

March 27, 2006 by Christina
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Actually, gator fashion isn’t going anywhere. If anything, the reptile’s skin is being more sought after than ever. And this has the industry scrambling, particularly high-end designer labels, which are introducing more and more things alligator due to their popularity. Besides devastating an entire region, Hurricane Katrina is also hurting a part of the fashion business.


Who knew?

According to a March 18 Wall Street Journal report, these giant lizards might turn up in short supply thanks to the aftereffects of the catastrophe. (Louisiana produces 85% of the world’s gator hides; the nesting areas may have suffered damage.) High demand for such items as Ralph Lauren’s Ricky bag (now $14,000, a $2,000 hike from last year), Judith Leiber’s Octagon clutch ($1,495), David Yurman watches (from around $1,300 to $4,500), and nearly every luxe designer’s shoes has already increased costs for alligator skin—and now the big names are pushing smaller companies out of the game by pre-buying up the supply with new contracts. What all this means is that a lot of brands are switching over to crocodile, that waiting lists for the Ricky bag—so exclusive that I couldn’t even find a picture of it—are only going to get longer, and that those coveted gator accessories, luggage, and clothes are most likely going to carry even more eye-popping price tags. So if you’ve been planning to make that big purchase, do it sooner than later. And don’t look down too much on cousin croc; he’s a good alternative (take, for example, this green Gucci bag with bamboo handle, $11,990)—most of us can’t even tell the difference.

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