Genuine Shell Cordovan is the art of tanning at its finest. More than just a color, it is a very specific leather, from a particular part of a horsehide. The irregular oval shaped shells are tanned, stuffed, shaved, and then polished – a process taking at least six months. Each shell is slowly steeped in gentle vegetable liquors, hot stuffed then slicked onto glass frames to dry. They are then hand curried and shaved by highly skilled artisans. Dyes are hand rubbed on for a deep aniline finish and finally hand glazed to achieve the rich, glossy look and feel prized by fine craftsmen. Each Shell Cordovan product we make is handcrafted in our San Diego, CA Leather Shop and stitched by hand, using the finest Irish Linen thread.
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