June 20th, 2013
04:59 PM GMT
(CNN) – A luxury Parisian men’s footwear label plans to start selling bespoke shoes made of camel leather.
The shoes, which exclusive label Pierre Corthay will sell from between $1,600 and $1,800 per pair, will be manufactured by a tannery located in the desert between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Xavier de Royere, Pierre Corthay’s CEO, said: "It’s a great place. I found people who are very passionate about what they do, and this magical, extraordinary skin.”
Products including camel meat, milk, and even camel milk chocolate have been exported outside the Gulf states, but have not been widely successful. But de Royere says that, as well as being more resistant and softer than cow leather, camel leather has the novelty factor. "It’s always great to try something people have not tried before,” he said. “It excites customers.”
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