After developing many patents and innovations, KUKI is launching the KUKI-FLEX Horween Shell Cordovan watch straps as the fruit of innovativeness, tradition and craftsmanship. Using the KUKI-FLEX patent as one of the best patents among leather watch straps and Horween Shell Cordovan, which is vastly regarded as the finest leather in the world, KUKI-FLEX Horween Shell Cordovan watch straps are unique and sophisticated leather watch straps. The KUKI-FLEX patent – genuine flexible leather watch straps since 2003 - is applied to modern technology, as well as tradition and craftsmanship. Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan is the art of tanning at its finest, including traditional, old world tannages and techniques, carefully updated with modern applications. Manufactured from Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan, the KUKI-FLEX Horween Shell Cordovan watch straps are the inevitable products of an exemplary coherence between the tradition and innovativeness. Owing to the revolutionary manufacturing KUKI-FLEX concept and using Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan, the KUKI-FLEX Horween Shell Cordovan watch straps are unique and sophisticated leather watch straps. Comprised of three layers, their base material is made of high quality caoutchouc, with the uppers and lining made of Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan. KUKI-FLEX Horween Shell Cordovan watch straps differ from other leather watch straps on the market by their outstanding flexibility and softness, their bright lustre, non-creasing grain character, and great leather smell. These leather watch straps are water-resistance and durable as well. KUKI is launching the KUKI-FLEX Horween Shell Cordovan watch straps in a variety of highly professional designs. These straps are well suited to mechanical watches or for exquisite, elegant watches. Some of the KUKI-FLEX Horween Shell Cordovan watch straps have the HORWEEN embossed on the top of the piece with holes. KUKI-FLEX Horween Shell Cordovan watch straps are a perfect example of KUKI’s technical know-how and superb craftsmanship, manufactured from legendary Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan. Furthermore, the KUKI-FLEX Horween Shell Cordovan watch straps are a perfect example of KUKI's philosophy - A Family Company with an Innovative Tradition.
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.