Our crocodile leather is licensed under the Washington Convention (1973) on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora. The treaty is strictly enforced internationally, and there are severe penalties for offenders of the treaty. The treaty designates our crocodiles as protection level I, and therefore their derivatives cannot be traded internationally without a CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) certificate. In recent years, the acquisition of CITES certificates has become extremely difficult, and new member companies are rarely approved.
The crocodile derivatives we supply are fully compliant with the international treaty. In addition, farmed crocodile meat is used as food, thus preventing the poaching of endangered wild crocodile species, and helps maintain balance in the environment. Aquaculture also provides employment opportunities to locals in the province of Isan, Thailand, and is a part of the government's poverty alleviation program. Farming crocodiles is thus both beneficial to humans and the environment.
Humans are not alone on this planet. Some crocodile species have not changed from the age of the dinosaurs. We believe that using crocodile products enables us to acknowledge the beauty of these species. Products made from their leather can be used for a very long time, and are a testament of the species’ uniqueness. In addition to crocodile leather, we are also selling crocodile meat, as well as developing various crocodile meat products such as jerky. These products are currently sold in Laos, and we plan to expand overseas.
Our crocodile farm and factory are located in Isan region, an area which is among the poorest in the country of Thailand, and has been left behind by the country's prosperity.
Traditionally, the aquaculture companies of the region have been paid low prices for their product. In many cases, small farms with few crocodiles, cannot find buyers for their produce.
As a result, when the crocodiles become too large, they can no longer be sold (due to scratches and holes in the crocodiles aged skin). Farming crocodiles in accordance with the Washington Convention requires a lot of effort and guidance from government and professional organizations. In many cases, the farmers are taken advantage of by urban leather brokers and merchants, and are left with very little profit.
In order to overcome these difficulties, our factory serves as a regional leather processing plant, in which crocodile leathers from the entire region, are tanned and dyed. We regularly hold meetings with prefectural government officials, and partner with crocodile aquaculture companies, as well as the Isan crocodile association, to promote our services to the farmers of the region. As a result, farmers of the region can process and sell their leather directly and in a centralized manner, without relying on urban brokers.
We are constantly in contact with farmers of the region, understanding their needs and negotiating fare prices for their products. We help the farmers market the leathers directly to individual customers from around the world. We aim to help improve the lives of local people, and contribute to the region of Isan as a whole.
In addition to crocodile leather, we also produce products from snake, shark and cow leather. A group of talented local craftsman are responsible for the design, planning and creation of the products, such as wallets, bags and leather accessories.
Production begins based on rough sketches or sample items, as well as customer requirements from overseas. Design and planning is followed by cutting and sewing of the leather. In this process, specialized leather processing machines are used, or when necessary – the leather is sewn by hand.
The craftsmen are all locals of Loyet province, which promotes regional revitalization, and encourages young people to stay in the region (rather than migrate to the cities in search of a job). In addition, we promote the hiring of local women, enabling them to work near their family and children.