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Shell Cordovan - Horween, Rocado, 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:

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

  • Rocado: navy, forest green, clay, whiskey.

  • Shinki Hikaku: lava, honey, black, natural, honey, burgundy.

  • Redel Ogawa: cigar brown, coffee brown, raw, wine, emerald, blue, glazed natural.

  • Vintage Japan (unknown tannery): purple black.

Tannery: Horween (United States), Rocado(Italy), Shinki Hikaku (Japan), RedelOgawa (Japan).
Temper: Medium firm temper.
Surface: Very dense fiber, famous for its natural sheen.
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 techinques. They are cut, saddle stitched and burnished by hand. Each product will have slight variations from one another due to this hand made process. Our stock of leathers are sourced from the finest tanneries around the world. They are full grain which tend to have different characteristics within each hide. The combination of this process results in a unique feeling between every product.