Stingray leather is in the midst of a worldwide fashion revival. Its unique beauty is highlighted by the shiny pebbly texture of the skin, along with a one-of-a-kind design feature - the bony remnant of the dorsal fin that resembles a tiny cluster of "pearls".
Stingrays are neither endangered nor threatened and are found in abundance in the shallow, warm waters of the world. Specifically, throughout the Pacific Rim, Stingrays are fished commercially as a primary food source.
Stingray leather has been used throughout history, most notably in Japan, for everything from armor and sword handle wraps to high quality wallets, handbags, and even sandpaper. The inherent qualities of the Stingray skin make it so durable in fact, that it is resistant to water, fire, puncture, tearing, and abrasion.
In the 1920's Art Deco period, polished stingray leather, also known as shagreen, was at its fashionable peak covering everything from furniture to jewelry boxes. Now, due to its exotic beauty and its reputation as the worlds' most durable leather, stingray is growing in popularity. From the boutiques of Milan, Paris, New York, and Beverly Hills, to high-end custom motorcycle and knife shows around the world, stingray is quickly growing from a cult favorite into a genuine trendsetter.