By  on August 15, 2011

Exotic skins are getting techie. Accessories houses are experimenting with innovations in the category, ranging from lasers to glosses to foiling techniques. The goal: to produce handbags that are as unique as they are luxurious.

Nancy Gonzalez is incorporating a new satin finish onto its colorful python and lizard handbags, resulting in a polished, glazed look that’s neither shiny nor matte. The brand has also embraced laser cutting for more advanced patternmaking and precision. “When a laser cuts, it burns at the same time. I can cut right at the border and not have to go back; there’s no fringe left over and it’s very clean,” says president Santiago Gonzalez. “You can cut really intricate patterns.”

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