Hippo Wallets, Belts and Small Leather Goods

Hippopotamus Leather Goods

About Hippo Leather

The Hippopotamus leathers, as Elephant Leather, is possibly one of the most exclusive and rare leather, in the sense of the small quantity of leather panels going to production as a rest production of deceased animals, the hippo skins derived from animals not hunter but rather from those who have died of natural causes. The leather panel price is higher during the non harvesting period, this period could be long one or more years.

The hippo’s natural wrinkled skin is irregular in its texture but comes in grain and nubuck finish but is tanned to be soft to the touch, it feels and look like suede.

Hippo HideThe substance of hippo leather is about 1.2-2.2mm, due to its thickness this exotic leather is particularly durable, popular applications includes: small leather goods, shoes and gus holsters.

Between the scars, the variations in shading and wrinkle patterns that are as individual as fingerprints, a master craftsmen are able to create truly unique leather accessories such as bags, purses, and small leather goods.. It requires a great amount of skilled craftsmanship and careful selection of hide parts in order to create a uniform coloration and smooth, unnoticeable stitching.

We purchase our exotic hides from Italian tanneries who follow the strict requirements of the Convention of International Treaty of Endangered Species (CITES) permits.

Our Hippo Wallets and Hippo Belts

Casanova1948 produces different hippopotamus leather items, from classic wallets to compact wallets, up to belts and, on atelier orders, bags and document holders.

Bi fold Classic Horizontal Wallet

It is the most common and classique wallet, features several credit card pockets, 2 banknote compartments, 2 or 4 extra pockets and optionally clearview ID pocket or coin purse. Dimensions: (W) 13cm x (H) 9.5cm
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Bi fold Vertical Wallet

This classic vertical wallet, one of the most used wallets, is a perfect daily companion because its generous amount of pockets and layout availables.
Dimensions: (W) 9 cm (H) 12.5 cm
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Bi fold Square Wallet

A gorgeous compromise between dimension, layout and portability, it feature one banknote compartment plus several pockets and additional compartments.
Dimensions: (W) 10 cm (H) 9.5 cm
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Business Credit Card Case

A large document holder and credit card holder with 5 or 9 credit card pockets and an upper main compartment. It is a good idea for the holidays or the summer for its limited thickness.
DIMENSIONS: (W) 12.5 cm (H) 9 cm<
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Card Holders

Classic pocket card holders in different versions, extra small with 2 c/card pockets, small with 4 c/card pockets or
medium with 6 c/card pockets, all models with one superior compartments.
DIMENSION: DIMENSIONS: (W) 10 cm (H) 6 / 8 cm
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Money Clip Wallet

A modern, practical and Slim wallet. With central spring money clip this thin wallet is equipped with 6 additional pockets for c / card or pocket at sight plus 2 extra pockets.
DIMENSIONS: (W) 11 cm (H) 8 cm ( 8.5cm EU Version )
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Exotic Men’s Belts

Exotic Belt for Man, 35mm (1.38in) or 40mm (1.57in) width , tapered-tip strap, custom stitching color, lined with natural vachetta vegetable tanning.
DIMENSIONS: Made-to-Order waist size
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Leather Specs

Our skins are mostly from Zambia, the leather panels are brown nubuck finish, chrome tanned with vegetable retanning, selection ext/sp/reg, CITES appendix II.

How to Measure your Wrist Size

Wrist Size Guide

When shopping for an exotic bracelet or luxury bangle, Casanova1948 helps you identify the correct size according to the most recognized international standards.

Use a paper measuring tape to measure around your wrist. If you do not have one, you can use a piece of string or a marked paper to wrap around your wrist and then measure the length with a regular ruler.

wrist-size

Size IN CM (approx.)
XXS from 4.1/2 to 5 from 11.5 to 13
XS from 5 to 5.1/2 from 13 to 14
S from 5.1/2 to 6 from 14 to 15.5
M from 6 to 6.1/2 from 15.5 to 17
L from 6.1/2 to 7 from 17 to 18
XL from 7 to 7.1/2 from 18 to 19
XLL from 7.1/2 to 8 from 19 to 20.5

Our Snake skin and Alligator Bracelets and Bangles: show

Casanova1948 How to measure your wrist size v1.0 PDF version

Suede and Nubuck Leather Goods Care Kit Guide

Suede and Nubuk Leather Care Kit Box

Dear Customer,
we would like to thank you for choosing Casanova1948’s Suede and Nubuck Leather Goods Care Kit.

If you still are not our customer we appreciate if you take care of your leather products using our leather care instructions ( with specific leather goods brushes and creams ).

To use this guide, if you are not an owner of our leather care kit. please get: 1 brass shoe brush, 1 rubber brush, 1 brush with natural rubber and bristles, 1 brightening spray (no gas) and 1 cotton cloth. Buy the specific leather goods polish products only from specialized shop online or in your town ( ask for any question ).

Important! this instructions are only for Suede and Nubuck Leather, avoid to use them with Smooth ot Textured Calfskin and Exotic Skins..

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR SUEDE OR NUBUK LEATHER GOODS:

  1. Remove dust from the shoe by gently brushing it with the brass shoe brush.
  2. Scrub vigorously with the rubber brush to remove any stain or marks on the shoe (use the small natural rubber brush for the hard-to-reach parts, e.g. near the sole or the seams).
  3. Give a second gentle brushing with the brass shoe brush.
  4. Shake the brightening spray bottle, then apply the brightening spray at distance of 15/20cm. Let dry for about 20 minutes.
  5. Brush again gently with the brass brush and the small brush, possibly following the same direction with the strokes.

Leather Care Kit. pdf Guide

Enjoy your shoe care!


additional resources: Leather Care and Exotic Leather Care Guide

Smooth Leather, Textured Leather and Exotic Skins Care Kit Guide

Smooth & Textured Exotic Leather Care Kit

Dear Customer,
we would like to thank you for choosing Casanova1948’s SMOOTH, TEXTURED AND EXOTIC Leather Care Kit.

If you still are not our customer we appreciate if you take care of your leather products using our leather care instructions ( with specific leather goods brushes and creams ).

To use this guide, if you are not an owner of our leather care kit. please get: 2 tins of polish ( neutral and black ), 2 shoes polishing brushes ( neutral and black ), 2 shoes polish daubers ( natural and black ), 1 cotton cloth and Meltonian or Casanova1948 Neutral and Black cream. Buy the specific leather goods polish products only from specialized shop online or in your town ( ask for any question ).

Important! this instructions are only for Smooth and Textures Leather, Alligator and Lizard Skins, avoid to use them with Suede or Nubuck Leather goods.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR SMOOTH, TEXTURED AND EXOTIC LEATHER GOODS:

  1. Remove dust from the shoe with a clean brush (the natural wood brush for lighter leather, the brown brush for darker leather)
  2. With the dauber (again, use the natural wood to apply clear polish, and the brown wood for dark/black polish), spread the polish evenly over the entire surface of the shoe, especially on the seams, and let it absorb; this will restore leather hydration and preserve the seams.
  3. Leave the polish in place for about 20 minutes, then buff the shoe with brisk, side to side motions of the brush.
  4. Give the final touches with the cotton cloth to remove any excess polish on the shoe.

Leather Care Kit. pdf Guide

Enjoy your shoe care!


additional resources: Leather Care and Exotic Leather Care Guide

International Banknote sizing references for classic, compact or slim wallets

Banknote Dimensions

Does the wallet fit my bills? Here’s a list of the major currencies’ banknote size (updated in 2017), to help you understand if your bills will fit right into the wallet you wish to buy.

Classic men’s wallets of most major brands and designers are usually large enough to fit any kind of currency. The same is true for all our bigger formats.

Our classic wallets and long wallets, both in calfskin and exotic leathers, are all compatible with large format banknotes.

But what about compact or slim wallet with money clips or other small and custom made wallets? Most of our compact wallets can also fit the most common international banknotes. Nonetheless, we suggest you compare the product description and data sheet with the list of the major international banknotes out below as a reference guide. For any further doubt, please contact us and we will come back to you as soon as possible.

Women’s wallets are usually larger in size and are therefore a perfect fit for all kinds of banknotes. Recently, however, our female customers have shown interest in purchasing more compact wallets, perhaps to use them in the summer or in more formal occasions. Whatever your reasons, please refer to the following guide to the most common size of banknotes for your convenience.

* Research updated on June.2017

Banknote Dimensions: US Dollar
All US Dollar have the same dimensions: 6.14 inches wide x 2.61 inches long ( 156mm x 66.3mm )

United States Dollar Specs (Wiki)


Banknote Dimensions: Euro

Euro banknote specs and security features against counterfeiting


Banknote Dimensions: British Pound

Banknotes of the British pound sterling (Wiki) Current Banknotes of England


Banknote Dimensions: Canadian Dollar
All Canadian Dollar have the same dimensions: 152.4mm x 69.85mm

Outline of Canadian Banknotes and specs


Banknote Dimensions: Australian Dollar

Current Australian Banknotes


Banknote Dimensions: Japanese Yen

Outline of the Issuance and Circulation of Japanese Banknotes


Banknote Dimensions: Russian Rubles

Current Russian Banknotes


How the Leather Tanning Process Works

Exotic Leather Tanning Process

Preparation

In order to increase the penetration of the tanning agents, the raw hide undergoes a process of preparation, which may include dermal relaxation and partial saponification of the fats. Another typical step is liming, where hydrated lime (a basic agent) is added to remove any hair left on the outer surface of the hide.

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Leather Care and Exotic Leather Care

Leather Care

Leather Care

CALFSKIN

Never leave your leather exposed to water, chemicals, and the elements, as they will discolor your leather items. The life of your leather good will also be dramatically shortened if it is not kept conditioned: if too dry, it will begin to crack and the finish will fade as well.

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Choose Own Men’s Belt and Women’s Belt

Dark Tan Alligator Belt

Men’s Belt and Women’s Belt: How to choose the right belt on the right occasion.

A belt, an essential accessory that gives character to your look, must be adapted not only to your own personal style, but also to the style of clothing and the occasion in which it is being worn.

Men’s Casual Belts and Women’s Casual Belts

For everyday outfits, men’s casual belts and women’s casual belt or men’s classic belts and women’s classic belts will probably be the best choice, while formal men’s belts and exotic women’s belt may be more appropriate during special events or dinners.

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The Handmaking Process of a Jewelry Bangle

Italian Designer fashion brown Alligator bracelet jewelry bangle

THE BUILDING PROCESS

Handmade Endcaps for Bangles

Each bangle is crafted using an ancient manual art where the leather is hand-cut piece by piece and wrapped around the inner padded band: the result is a unique and precious bangle, always different from each other thanks to its peculiar exotic leather pattern, always beautiful yet different at the same time. The endcaps are hand-forged from a bronze ( or sterling silver, or gold ) clean bar. In the “Moresco” Collection metal pieces are first engraved by hand and polished one by one prior to the coating process ( and enamelling in some cases ). After a rest period, the leather acquires a unique softness and shiny effect by undergoing a specific treatment with appropriate skin care products.

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