In Italy, customs officials seized a Rolls-Royce Phantom because of its crocodile leather interior. The use of this kind of coating is prohibited by the international treaty for the protection of endangered wildlife. In the luxury sector, the use of leather is a complex area, to which many are seeking a sustainable alternative.
A Rolls-Royce Phantom coming from Russia and stopped by the Italian customs was seized this Tuesday, May 25, because of its crocodile leather covering, whose use is contrary to the rules established by the international treaty for the protection of endangered fauna and flora.
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Indeed, the crocodile is a protected species under the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Signed by 160 countries in 1975, this convention requires a certificate of authorization for the sale of certain animal skins or furs. Exotic leather and luxury have always had a close relationship, whether in the automotive, leather goods, or even fashion industries.
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