Leather Information

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Horween (USA)

Shell Cordovan

Shell cordovan is often considered to be one of the finest leathers in the world. Due to its unique properties, shell cordovan has become popular for footwear and leather goods manufacturers around the world. Shell cordovan is an equine leather which comes from a fibrous flat muscle beneath the rump of the horse (shell).

It is characterized by its tight grain structure and smooth feel. While most leathers are utilized and tanned to have the grain side (the side where the hair once was) out, shell cordovan is actually flesh out. A process which traditionally takes over six months; the shells are processed, tanned, stuffed, shaved and finished to produce the final shell cordovan. Any animal within the equine family will actually have these “shells” (horse, mule, donkey, zebra, etc.) but horse is really the only animal used to create the shell cordovan.

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Thickness: 3.5 - 4.5oz

Horween Unglazed Natural Shell Cordovan

Unglazed Natural

Horween Natural Shell Cordovan

Glazed Natural

Horween Color 8 Shell Cordovan

Color 8

Horween Color 8 Shell Cordovan

Color 4

Horween Black Shell Cordovan

Black

Horween Dark Cognac Shell Cordovan

Dark Cognac

Intense Blue

Ultraviolet

Horween Dark Green Shell Cordovan

Dark Green

Horween Armagnac Shell Cordovan

Armagnac

Horween Violet Shell Cordovan

Violet

Horween Middleborough Shell Cordovan

Middleborough

Horween Marbled Ultraviolet Shell Cordovan

Marbled Ultraviolet

Horween Marbled Color 8 Shell Cordovan

Marbled Color 8

Horween Marbled Garnet Shell Cordovan

Marbled Garnet

Horween Marbled Black Shell Cordovan

Marbled Black

Horween Tumbled Black Shell Cordovan

Tumbled Black

Horween Dark Cognac Shell Cordovan

Tumbled Color 8

Horween Amaretto Shell Cordovan

Amaretto

DUBLIN HORSEHIDE

Dublin is tanned using Horween's Cordovan vegetable tanning liquor formulas which are more than 100 years old. Dublin Horsehide is my preferred leather to work with from Horween (outside of Shell Cordovan) due to it featuring a rich blend of oils and waxes not often seen in traditional vegetable tanned leathers which yields a leather that ages wonderfully. Once tanned, the leather is infused with a blend of natural waxes and finally ironed to create a smooth surface that highlights the natural markings of the hide.

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Thickness: 3.5 - 4.5oz

Horween Natural Dublin Horsehide

Natural

Horween Color 8 Dublin Horsehide

Color 8

Horween Brown Nut Dublin Horsehide

Brown Nut

Horween Black Dublin Horsehide

Black

Chromexcel HORSEHIDE

The original pull-up leather that utilizes techniques and formulas that were developed over 100 years ago. Chromexcel is tanned using a bark retannage from a proprietary recipe which then gets hot stuffed with Horween's secret blend of natural oils and greases.

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Natural

1940s Calfskin

Lost in the Horween warehouse since the 1940s, this beautiful calfskin is no longer able to be produced as Horween lost the original written recipe. This almost 80 year old leather has a beautiful look and will age nicely over time for as leather you won't find anywhere else!

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Thickness: 2.5 - 3.5oz

Natural