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What Is Horween Reverse Cordovan?

What Is Horween Reverse Cordovan?

April 21, 2019

I love the randomized, Jackson Pollock-esque dye splotches and that bold, iconic Horween shell cordovan ink stamp.
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Viberg Natural Shell Cordovan Derby Boots

Viberg Natural Shell Cordovan Derby Boots

March 23, 2019 1 Comment

I've been working with the best leather in the world every day since June 2006. Owning a pair of shell footwear is something that I have always wanted.
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Customer Review: Fat Herbie Wallet

Customer Review: Fat Herbie Wallet

January 18, 2019 1 Comment

Stephanie Vasquez has a great, detailed review of our Fat Herbie double bifold in Horween shell cordovan.
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Horween Chromexcel - WWI Origins

Horween Chromexcel - WWI Origins

December 27, 2018 1 Comment

Did you know that Chromexcel’s origin relates to Gilette safety razors and tanks from WW1?
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Ashland now on YouTube

Ashland now on YouTube

December 14, 2018

Ashland is now on Youtube! Learn more about leather and crafting behind the scenes at Horween and Ashland Leather.
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Meet the Maker: EP1 Chicago Comb

Meet the Maker: EP1 Chicago Comb

November 28, 2018

I stole an hour of John from Chicago Comb times and relentlessly interviewed him. We talk about the creation of the company, company philosophy, and what makes him tick.
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Gear Patrol Issue 7

Gear Patrol Issue 7

September 27, 2018

Ashland and Horween are featured in Gear Patrol's most recent issue.
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What is cordovan?

What is cordovan?

September 10, 2018 3 Comments

Genuine Horween Shell Cordovan is an equine leather famous for its durability, self-polishing character, breathability, deep color, smooth feel, and bright luster. 
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Shell Cordovan Watch Straps

Shell Cordovan Watch Straps

September 03, 2018 2 Comments

New shell cordovan watch straps are here.
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General Pershing's 100-Year Old Letter

General Pershing's 100-Year Old Letter

August 13, 2018 2 Comments

There is a framed set of letters hanging on the walls at the entryway to Horween leather written by Colonel James L. Collins for General John J. Pershing. It has hung there for 100 years.
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Horween and Ashland Leather Remain Constant in the New Lincoln Yards Neighborhood

Horween and Ashland Leather Remain Constant in the New Lincoln Yards Neighborhood

July 27, 2018 4 Comments

Horween Leather has been a mainstay in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago for 100 years. Bucktown has also been the home of Ashland Leather for 7 years. Over the century, the neighborhood has changed but the tannery remains constant. Plans to transform the neighborhood to Lincoln Yards have just been announced by Sterling Bay.
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What is aniline leather?

What is aniline leather?

July 16, 2018 5 Comments

Aniline leather is a term used to describe the amount and coverage of finish on leather grain. An aniline finish leaves the leather as close to its natural state as possible, which encourages unique and beautiful patina while highlighting the natural grain of the leather.
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