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All About Leather

Leather We Use (Summary)

Leather We Use (Summary)

We use several standard types of leather for all of our camera and guitar straps, including Horween Chromexcel and Crazy Horse style leather from several great tanneries.  The following is a brief summary of the types of leather we offer and the colors currently available.
Crazy Horse Leather - Is It Made From Horses (or Unicorns)?

Crazy Horse Leather - Is It Made From Horses (or Unicorns)?

The REAL cool part of Crazy Horse is the finished side.  During finishing, its LIGHTLY sanded.  So it is still a full grain leather, with most of the character left on the top, but is has a very slight matte fuzz to it.  It makes for a velvety, soft texture that is a great feature for all leather goods, especially straps.
Tasman Leather Group

Tasman Leather Group

Tasman Leather Group is a tannery located in Heartland, ME in the USA.  They make a variety of leather, specializing in chrome tanned and vegetable tanned (Thoroughbred Leather in Louisville, KY).  Tasman is a family owned company that was started in 1947 making it 71 years old!  Tasman produces 160,000 sides of leather a week...that means that 25% of ALL US cattle comes ends up coming through a Tasman facility.  
Horween Leather Company | Chicago, IL

Horween Leather Company | Chicago, IL

Many people's first exposure to Horween is via Chromexcel which is used in several brands of men's boots including Wolverine 1000 Miles and Oak Street Bootmakers boots. Another common introduction to Horween is via the highly coveted Shell Cordovan leather.
Horween Chomexcel Leather - What Is It and Why We Love It

Horween Chomexcel Leather - What Is It and Why We Love It

Horween Chromexcel leather (CXL for short) is considered by many people to be one of the best leathers produced today.  Its strong, has a beautiful shine and color, a signature smell that is amazing...

What is the Difference Between Vegetable and Chrome Tanned Leather

Before I started making leather goods, I had no idea what types of leathers existed.  I knew about Horween Chromexcel, because of my Wolverine 1000...