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Welcome to Mermaid Leather

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

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

Established in 1989 in the pristine coastal Golden Outback town of Esperance, Western Australia, two local fishermen saw a need to recycle skins from the fish processing food industry. This environmentally friendly philosophy and sustainable outlook is the anchor behind Mermaid’s family run business that prides itself on its exclusive handcrafted fish leather.

Visitors to Esperance can enjoy a relaxed visit to our studio enhanced by a multimedia presentation to discover the exciting process of tanning wild caught and farmed Barramundi, Snapper, Groper and Shark. Larger groups need to book in advance for a personalised tour of the factory for a minimal fee.

Our Mermaid Leather studio showcases quality handbags, wallets and leather accessories made under contract by Australian designers. We also produce a range of affordable fish leather gifts and souvenirs in our studio workshop. We welcome all Australian and International wholesale enquiries for our fish and shark leather products, offering exclusivity for select customers.