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Mermaid Leather

6 Woods St, Chadwick WA 6450

(08) 9071 5248


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Welcome To Mermaid Leather

Australia’s only fish and shark leather specialist … born in the Golden Outback of Western Australia.

From the ocean and wilderness estuaries to fashion houses, Mermaid Leather produces special, visually appealing and strong fish and shark leather. Designers throughout Australia have actually embraced the delicate pattern of fish leather for its soft sensual texture yet robust strength.

Developed in 1989 in the beautiful seaside Golden Outback town of Esperance, Western Australia, two regional fishermen saw a need to recycle skins from the fish processing food market. This eco-friendly philosophy and sustainable outlook is the anchor behind Mermaid’s family run business that prides itself on its exclusive handmade fish leather.

Visitors to Esperance can enjoy a relaxed check out to our studio improved by a multimedia discussion to discover the exciting process of tanning wild caught and farmed Barramundi, Snapper, Groper and Shark. Larger groups need to book beforehand for a customised tour of the factory for a minimal charge.

Our Mermaid Leather studio showcases quality handbags, wallets and leather accessories made under contract by Australian designers. We likewise produce a variety of inexpensive fish leather presents and keepsakes in our studio workshop. We welcome all Australian and International wholesale enquiries for our fish and shark leather items, offering exclusivity for select clients.

About Mermaid Leather

Mermaid Leather’s humble starts were motivated by professional fishermen, R.W. Bubb and Andrew MacDermott in 1989 who saw a need to utilise wasted skins from the fish processing market. Tanning fish skins was unusual at the time. So through extensive research and development over a four year period Mermaid Leather finally accomplished a strong, visually appealing and calming to touch quality fish leather that could be used in a range of special ways.

In 1994 Mermaid Leather became fully commercial by purchasing industrial tanning drums and a plating device for its finishing work. This increased its prospective to tanning thousands of fish skins in a single year. Andrew’s sibling David signed up with the fish tanning force in 1997 assuming the role of tannery supervisor. Designers throughout Australia embraced this brand-new exciting quality leather while bigger contracts for wholesale leather emerged.

In the last few years demand from the retail sector has prompted this family run business to develop a collection of special wallets and handbags. Motivated by the spectacular colours of the Golden Outback area of Esperance, Western Australia, they have actually effectively integrated fish and kangaroo leather to create a contemporary yet classic style collection for discerning clients throughout Australia and overseas.

Mermaid Leather prides itself on being the only commercial tannery in Australia that specialises in quality fish leather. It’s special, its eco-friendly and embodies the essence of the Golden Outback.

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