Today we have a special preview, hopefully giving you just a peek into the work that goes into each of our bags. Horween’s of Chicago is the produce of the leather that we use in our bags, both on the bodies and the straps. Founded in 1905, Horween’s has been handed down for five generations with the ideal of essentially never mistaking the fastest or cheapest alternative for the best one. For them as well as us, it’s all about using formulas that do not cut corners and choosing components strictly for their quality.
Working with them has been so very lovely. It is wonderful to work with a company that is combining traditional world tannages and techniques with modern applications. Their leather is still dyed by hand, the way it was done generations ago.
Also, it’s located in Chicago, which is so nice for us to have them close when we want to hand-pick something and get a feel for it before we order.
The lighter colored leather in the above photo is English Tan Dublin and is the leather we use for our newest bag, the Adelaide (see previous post) and has such lovely patina. The bottom one is ChromExcel, the leather we use for satchels and such.
In addition to all of this, going there is so much fun! Not only is it amazing to watch everyone at work and see how it’s made, the smell alone is enough to make it worth a visit!