KUKI FLEX Horween Shell Cordovan
Horween is a family tanning company that has set the standard for the highest quality leathers since 1905. As always, all of its leather is processed in Chicago, USA. Today, Horween Leather is still made by hand in the same way as generations ago. Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan has been produced since 1905. There are a few tanneries in the world that tan horsehides for their shells. None of them have been doing this for as long as Horween, whose processes are very traditional and its experience gives it an edge. Nick Horween, Vice President of the Horween Leather Company, clearly stated that “we like to think that the market prefers our product, and we’re very proud of the time and care we put into our shell cordovan”. Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan is the art of tanning at its finest. This is a very specific leather. Cordovan is an equine leather made from a unique fibre structure (or shell) beneath the hide on the rump of a horse (skin of a horse’s hind quarter). Shells are between one and two square foot ovals in each horse (as opposed to a 50 square foot bovine hide). The irregular oval shaped shells are vegetable tanned, stuffed, shaved, and then polished – a process taking at least six months. Each shell is slowly steeped in gentle vegetable liquors. The shells are genuine hot stuffed where leather is nourished with a special blend of greases, waxes, and oils that are all propriety to Horween. This is achieved without the use of water and emulsifiers and gives a much richer feel and water resistance. Then the shells are slicked onto glass frames to dry. Each shell is hand curried and shaved by highly skilled artisans to expose the shell. Dyes are hand rubbed on for a deep aniline finish. Finally, the shells are hand glazed to achieve the rich, glossy look and feel prized by fine craftsmen. Shell cordovan is vastly regarded as the finest leather in the world because of its bright lustre, non-creasing grain character, great leather smell, durability, and ability to develop and preserve these characteristics over time. “Quality must be more than a word. It doesn’t belong to one company or one country, it doesn’t happen by chance, and it requires constant attention. It’s a contract between seller and buyer – an agreement that something is good and worth having. Our greatest enemy is the phrase ‘it’s good enough’,” said Arnold "Skip" Horween III, President of the Horween Leather Company.