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Shell Cordovan - Horween, Toscana, Shinki Hikaku and Ogawa

The famous shell cordovan, smooth and timeless in character. There are only a handful of tanneries that still produces these amazing leather which comes from the hind of a horse. Shells have a very tight grain and develops its own style of patina over time. It is very durable and unlike many other leathers does not suffer from wrinkles , it instead ripples over creases and bends. A fine option for your most prized carry companion.

Available colours:

  • new: burgundy, black, natural (Shinki Hikaku), wine, emerald, blue, glazed natural (Redel Ogawa)

  • Horween: no.8, black, dark cognac, bourbon, bottle green

  • Rocado: navy, forest green, clay, whiskey

  • Shinki Hikaku: lava, honey

  • Redel Ogawa: cigar brown, coffee brown, raw

  • Vintage Japan (unknown tannery): purple black

Tannery: Horween (United States), Rocado(Italy), Shinki Hikaku (Japan), RedelOgawa (Japan)
Temper: Medium firm temper
Surface: Famous natural shine
Tanning: Mixed, long tanning process
Patina: Natural beautiful shine, will slightly bleed showing marbling of surface
Other notes: Famous for its unique non wrinkle property. Hard wearing and luxurious

Shinki Hikaku & Ogawa shell cordovan

Japanese shell cordovan

Horween natural (top), Rocado Whisky (bottom)

Ogawa glazed natural (bottom), Shinki Hikaku natural (top)

Ogawa glazed natural (left), Shinki Hikaku natural (right)

All of our products are hand made with traditional leather crafting techniques using leathers sourced from the finest tanneries in the world. They are cut, saddle stitched and burnished by hand. Each product will have slight variations from one another due to this hand made process. The leathers we use are full grain which will show variations within each hide. This results in a unique feeling between every product.