Snakeskin vs. Lizard Skin Handbag

If you are on a quest for the ultimate couture fashion, an exotic skin handbag may be just what you need. From crocodile and alligator to snakeskin handbags to lizard handbags, there are many options for everyone. Farbod Barsum specializes in these unique types of reptile skins and hides, and expert artisans handcraft the finest in exotic skin handbags.


Lizard Skin

Lizards are covered in scales, also known as scutes. These scales may be tubercular or ossified. The scales vary in form from plate-like to imbricate, or overlapping plates. On the surface, they are composed of horny epidermis skin, and may have bony plates underlying them.

Lizard skin is very dense and strong, making it the ideal option for durable and everyday bags. Lizard skin is also very smooth no matter which way you rub the scales.


Snakes are entirely covered with scales of varying shapes and sizes. The scales protect the snake’s body, aid in locomotion, and allow it to retain moisture in dry and hot climates. Snakeskin is a lot more drape-y than lizard skin, and is also a lot more pliable. Additionally, snakeskin has directionality or nap—if you stroke it in one direction, you smooth down the scales, while if you stroke it in the opposite direction, the scales lift up.

Both of these reptiles hold a special place in the exotic handbag industry. Farbad Barsum is lucky enough to have exclusive access to organically harvested hides to create the world’s most luxurious bags, clutches, belts, and wallets for their clientele.