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- Aniline Finish
- Vegetable Tanned
- Wet Stuffed
- Combination Tanned
- Corrected Grain
- Fat Liquored
- Full Grain
- Hand Glazed
- Hot Stuffed
Dyes and finishes that contain no pigment. When used on leather they provide a rich, clear stain that allows the natural character of the article to be seen.
To give a flat piece of leather a pattern or texture that stands out in relief through pressing with tremendous pressure.
Leather that has had dyes introduced during retannage. Also referred to as drum-dyed.
Leather that has been dried by fixing it to large glass or ceramic plates. Pasted leathers have very little stretch and smooth grain character.
The temporary lightening of certain leathers when folded. This is caused by displacing oil and waxes.
To impregnate and condition preserved hides with tanning liquors and extracts. Retan formulations at Horween Leather Company are proprietary and developed in house.
A dense fiber structure found only in the hindquarters of equine animals.
Leather that has been air-dried after being stretched on a metal screen and clamped into place.
A tanning method that employs vegetable liquors derived from tree barks. This method of tanning is very traditional and takes longer to achieve than chrome tanning.
Also referred to as thickness or substance. Leather is generally sold in ounces or millimeters, and in increments of 1/2 oz or 0.2 mm, respectively. For example, 5 – 5 1/2 oz (or 2.0 – 2.2 mm) is a typical footwear weight produced.
Similar to Fat Liquored, Wet Stuffed leathers are nourished and conditioned with emulsified heavier oils and waxes.
Refers to leather(s) that can be glued as a means of final attachment during the construction of leather goods.
Leathers that are tanned using both chrome and blends of vegetable extracts along with emulsified or unrefined oils and waxes.
Leather that has been sanded to make its surface more uniform.
Leather that has been nourished and conditioned with emulsified oils.
Leather that has its surface left completely intact, showing all natural characteristics of the hide.
Leather that has been polished with a glass rod.
Leather that has been nourished and conditioned with unrefined oils and greases. This is achieved without the use of water and emulsifiers and gives a much richer feel. Hot stuffed leathers typically exhibit pull-up and good water resistance.
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- Is Cordovan available by the side?
- What ounce weight is Cordovan available in?
- Do you offer pure vegetable tanned leather?
- What is the turnaround time for my order?
- Do you publish price list for all of your leather offerings?
- Can you send me leather swatches?
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Here’s a preview of the session yesterday, to read the full Q&A follow this link. Question: Hello Gentlemen, I have a few shell cordovan shoes, and the ones made with Horween are my favorites. Can you please explain why shell sometimes gets water spots? What do you recommend we do when this occurs? I do note […]Read On
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