PRIME MATERIAL

06-02-2014

Among the various crafting materials favoured by Goyard, the Goyardine canvas undoubtedly stands out.

But the trademark linen and cotton coated cloth, if arguably the most emblematic, is not the only raw material that artisans work with on a daily basis in the Goyard workshops. For example, the entire structure of the Maison’s famed traditional trunks is made of birch and poplar wood, whilst the hardware that adorns them is exclusively made of palladium or gold plated solid brass. Whether wood, metal or cloth, they all exemplify Goyard’s longstanding commitment to using only the finest, most authentic materials.

One of them in particular symbolizes the taste for the exceptional that is so integral to Goyard’s identity: crocodile skin. Goyard carefully selects the most qualitative and precious skins in the world (mostly Australia’s Porosus, as well as Africa’s Niloticus) to handcraft exceptional Haute-Maroquinerie items. A quest for perfection that often proves difficult, as it routinely takes several months to find hides that are up to Goyard’s standards in terms of scale pattern, dye and finish.

In addition to rarity, crocodile skin is also considered the most demanding and technically challenging of all exotic skins, and only highly skilled artisans are capable of properly working with them: on average, the crafting of a crocodile skin bag takes ten to fifteen times longer than its calf leather equivalent, and requires several tens of equally painstaking production steps. Each and every precious skin item by Goyard is unique, and entirely handmade by the same artisan in the dedicated workshop located in the heart of Paris, thus ensuring unparalleled quality and exclusivity.

At once noble and delicate, crocodile skin lends itself wonderfully to staple handbags by Goyard such as the 233, the Saigon, the Vendôme and the Monte-Carlo, whose bold and distinct designs are further enhanced by its sheer sumptuosity.

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