Leather Profiles

McMurray and Blonde uses several different types of leathers which vary in color, weight (thickness), and temper (flexibility).  We cut every product from a whole side of leather.  As a natural material, each strap and leather component may vary in color and slightly in thickness.  If you have any question, please contact us prior to ordering.  For large custom orders, I have been known buy an entire side to match exactly what you are looking for so please ask about anything!

 


 

Sunset Oil Tan Leather  

Leather Type:  Oil Tan

Manufacturer:  Thoroughbred Leather – Louisville, KY

Color:  Sunset

Weight:  4oz (1/16”) – Thin

Characteristics:  Thoroughbred Leather’s Sunset Oil Tan leather is something special.  It is a fully chrome tanned leather, which adds a ton of softness and flexibly.  On top of that, it is STUFFED with oils, waxes and fats.  This keeps the leather very soft and pliable and provides super “pull up” when the leather is bent.  

At 4oz, this leather is the thinnest leather I like to make our straps out of.  It is soft with a waxy/oil touch and is very pliable. 

Current Availability:  Available

 


 


Bourbon Horween Derby

Leather Type:  Derby

Manufacturer:  Horween Leather Co. – Chicago, IL

Color:  Bourbon

Weight:  5oz (5/64”) – Medium Thin

Characteristics:  Horween’s Derby Leather is a vegetable tanned cow leather with waxes and fats added to the top.  It is similar to Dublin, except during the coloring, the leather is tumbled to give it a vintage, distressed look at texture.  The deep color of the Bourbon brown is offset with the vibrant yellow/gold pullup that is a permanently visible due to the tumbling.  

At 5oz, this leather provides a nice, medium-thin thickness with a slightly less firm temper. 

Current Availability:  Very Limited

 


 

English Tan Horween Dublin 

Leather Type:  Dublin

Manufacturer:  Horween Leather Co. – Chicago, IL

Color:  English Tan

Weight:  6oz (3/32”) – Medium

Characteristics:  Horween’s Dublin Leather is a vegetable tanned cow leather with waxes and fats added to the top during the coloring process.  This allows for “pull up” to develop when the leather is bent.  The waxes and fats move from inside the leather to the surface and change the color to a vibrant yellow/gold.  Mixed with the reddish tint and dark veins of the English Tan color and you have a beautiful, rich look leather than has amazing depth and will age with grace. 

At 6oz, this leather provides a nice, medium thickness and firmness. 

Current Availability:  Very Limited

 


 

 

Leather Type:  Chromexcel

Manufacturer:  Horween Leather Co. – Chicago, IL

Color:  Black with black flesh side

Weight:  7oz (7/64”) – Medium Thick

Characteristics:  Directly from Horween, Chromexcel is a “combination tanned leather that undergoes at least 89 separate processes taking 28 working days and utilizing all 5 floors of our facility”.  Many people know Chromexcel from popular men’s boots such as Oak Street Bookmakers and Wolverine 1000 Miles.  For those that don’t know, Chromexcel is super soft and has a signature smells that….well…its Chromexcel and its amazing.  

At 7oz, this leather has a medium-firm hand.  Chromexcel is soft to the touch and will become more pliable as it is used.

Current Availability:  Available

 


 

Brown Horween Chromexcel 

Leather Type:  Chromexcel

Manufacturer:  Horween Leather Co. – Chicago, IL

Color:  Brown (standard brown with light brown pullup

Weight:  6oz (3/32”) – Medium

Characteristics:  Directly from Horween, Chromexcel is a “combination tanned leather that undergoes at least 89 separate processes taking 28 working days and utilizing all 5 floors of our facility”.  Many people know Chromexcel from popular men’s boots such as Oak Street Bookmakers and Wolverine 1000 Miles.  For those that don’t know, Chromexcel is super soft and has a signature smells that….well…its Chromexcel and its amazing.  

At 7oz, this leather has a medium-firm hand.  Chromexcel is soft to the touch and will become more pliable as it is used.

As pictured, Chromexcel left untouched gets "bloom".  This is the wax and fats leaching to the surface to the leather.  Give it a good rub with a soft cloth and leave it in a sunny window.  When its warm, the bloom will be absorbed back in to the leather.

Current Availability:  Available

 

 


 

Golden Brown Horween Chromexcel 

Leather Type:  Chromexcel

Manufacturer:  Horween Leather Co. – Chicago, IL

Color:  Golden Brown (shown with "bloom" and golden pullup)

Weight:  7oz (7/64”) – Medium Thick

Characteristics:  Directly from Horween, Chromexcel is a “combination tanned leather that undergoes at least 89 separate processes taking 28 working days and utilizing all 5 floors of our facility”.  Many people know Chromexcel from popular men’s boots such as Oak Street Bookmakers and Wolverine 1000 Miles.  For those that don’t know, Chromexcel is super soft and has a signature smells that….well…its Chromexcel and its amazing.  

At 7oz, this leather has a medium-firm hand.  Chromexcel is soft to the touch and will become more pliable as it is used.

As pictured, Chromexcel left untouched gets "bloom".  This is the wax and fats leaching to the surface to the leather.  Give it a good rub with a soft cloth and leave it in a sunny window.  When its warm, the bloom will be absorbed back in to the leather.

Current Availability:  Available

 

 


 

Chestnut Thoroughbred Bridle 

Leather Type:  Bridle

Manufacturer:  Thoroughbred Leather – Louisville, KY

Color:  Chestnut

Weight:  4oz (Wallets), 7oz (Camera Straps), 10 oz (Belts)

Characteristics:  Bridle leather is a vegetable tanned leather with waxes and fats added in.  It is made to have limited stretch and be super strong.  Because of the waxes, the top has a smooth, semi gloss finish.  Bridle is typically used to make reigns and bridles.  The chestnut color will darken somewhat over time.

At 10oz, I thin this leather down to make wallets and straps.  I leave it at a full 10oz for our belts..  It has a medium-firm hand which will become more flexible as it is used.

Current Availability:  Available

 


 

Walnut Thoroughbred Bridle 

Leather Type:  Bridle

Manufacturer:  Thoroughbred Leather – Louisville, KY

Color:  Walnut

Weight:  4oz (Wallets), 7oz (Camera Straps), 10 oz (Belts)

Characteristics:  Bridle leather is a vegetable tanned leather with waxes and fats added in.  It is made to have limited stretch and be super strong.  Because of the waxes, the top has a smooth, semi gloss finish.  Bridle is typically used to make reigns and bridles.  The chestnut color will darken somewhat over time.

At 10oz, I thin this leather down to make wallets and straps.  I leave it at a full 10oz for our belts..  It has a medium-firm hand which will become more flexible as it is used.

Current Availability:  Available

 

 


 

Slate Coyote Tasman Granite 

Leather Type:  Granite (Pull Up with shell characteristics)

Manufacturer:  Tasman Leather - Hartland, ME

Color:  Slate Coyote

Weight: 4oz (1/16”) – Thin

Characteristics:  Granite leather is a chrome tanned leather with a somewhat hard finished side.  It is designed to give you the feeling of shell type leather - only at 10% of the cost.  This pull up type leather has a great multi-colored surface and a smooth flesh side.  

Current Availability:  Available

 

 


 

Buffed Tan Tasman Nubuck 

Leather Type:  Nubuck

Manufacturer:  Tasman Leather - Hartland, ME

Color:  Buffed Tan

Weight: 4oz (1/16”) – Thin

Characteristics:  Nubuck is make my removing the tough, scarred, scratched top grain and then finishing the new top to create a smooth, soft leather.  While we all appreciate the character to top grain leather, if you want a super soft and smooth leather, nubuck (or suede) is the way to go.  It is super supple and the most "fabric" type leather we sell.  I only use this leather for bags.  

Current Availability:  Available