Ashland Leather was recently purchasing some Chromexcel for their front pocket wallet and it seemed like the perfect way to use up some of the harder to find Shell Cordovan colors I’ve been hoarding. There’s only a few of each in these colors. There are some other options available directly from Ashland Leather, but I’ll be selling these pictured. These are $115 each and will ship for free via UPS ground to anywhere in the US. To order, please visit http://www.Horween.com and call the factory – please ask for Nick and have your Visa or MasterCard ready. You can also email to nick(at)horween.com.
From left to right – Dark Cognac, Natural, Color #2, Color #4, Color #8, Intense Blue, Dark Green, Black, and Natural Chromexcel.
All of the wallets in the above picture are Shell Cordovan, with the exception of the Natural Chromexcel wallet, which is available from Ashland Leather directly.
Next week we’ll be headed back to Bologna to attend Lineapelle. We go over every October to show what we’ve been working on over the past year. We’ll be in Hall 22, at our agents booth (Brizzi Agenzie).
In the past we’ve been able to catch up with customers and friends alike. This year, we will sadly miss seeing our friend, the artisan, Stefano Bemer, who passed away earlier this year.
One of the challenges for us as tanners is to keep coming up with “new” leathers. When we’re developing a leather it is usually because there is a customer that is asking for something specific. Typically, the resulting leather ends up being a variation of an existing leather that has been designed and tanned to meet certain aesthetic and performance characteristics. These demands change all the time and range widely – a leather needs to change to be waterproof, cementable, breathable, stronger, burnishable, softer, firmer, shinier, duller – the list goes on and the combinations are endless.
I recently received a pair of boots from Carmina and they are truly exquisite. I’m particularly fond of the Albaladejo’s work because their finishing techniques leave the leather looking so natural. Both the men’s and women’s collections are worth taking a look at.