One thing that I have a deep appreciation for is reptiles since I literally grew up with a swamp for a backyard. There was my house, a levee, and the swamp, in that order. We spent many summers playing out on the boat, either water skiing, fishing, or just swimming. Needless to say I’ve had my fair share of close encounters with Louisiana’s yard dog, one of the most beautiful and powerful creatures on the bayou: the alligator.
Alligators were once brought close to the brink of extinction, but due to conservation efforts they have proliferated and established more than healthy populations. Due to an over-abundance of this ancient animal, alligator farms can be found all over southern Louisiana, harvesting the reptiles for their meat and skin.
Cocodri is a small Louisiana-based company that elevates this beautiful animal’s hide into art. Working with local trappers and craftsman each item is individually designed to showcase the beauty of Louisiana’s natural resources. The company produces luxuriously supple wallets, belts, flasks, and women’s clutches. These items would make a great gift that can be passed down from generation to generation. They also take custom orders which have even included a bright pink bicycle seat cover! Consider Cocodri a much chicer alternative than those dried baby alligator heads that plague most tourist shops. Cocodri’s pieces truly celebrate the natural beauty of these prehistoric creatures.