All Leathers used are a by-product of farmed animals.
Gallery 58 only purchase leather and skins from the UK’s most reputable suppliers.
Any exotic skins introduced to the Gallery 58 collections are sourced from UK recommended Suppliers.
Any exotic skins we introduce are protected by and governed by CITES.
CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)
Is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their
Statement from Gallery 58
‘This is 100% personal choice, we can all live without using leather skins for fashion. However all the skins we at Gallery 58 use are meat by-products and responsibly sourced. We only purchase from UK reputable suppliers’
Statement from Leading UK Exotic Skin Supplier established in the UK since the 1920’s
‘The Snake skins we use are a meat by-product. It is an international fact that ‘more people in the world obtain their protein from reptile meat than they do from beef ‘. If we did not source the skins via local collectors the snakes would still be used for food and the skins just wasted, as are a large percentage that do not get into the collecting system.
They are not farmed, but all taken from the wild and monitored under CITES to ensure sustainability.
There is a simple indicator. We have been in the trade for 45yrs as a supplier of Exotic skins to the UK Fashion industry and we are still obtaining the same size range of snake skins that we originally did in the 1920’s. If wild stocks were being depleted or becoming unsustainable then the quantities of skins obtainable would start to diminish’
* Our Policy is to inform ethics in using Leathers & Exotic Skins