Article: Museum Calf Leather

Article: Museum Calf Leather

A hand applied finish, done with sponges before the aniline finish had the chance to dry, is what gives Museum calf its unique, mottled appearance. Since the 1930’s, Conceria Ilcea is the main producer of this wonderful leather, and also the suppl…
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Cordovan leather vs Shell Cordovan

Cordovan leather vs Shell Cordovan

A lot has been said about ‘cordovan’, and a lot of it is true, but a lot of it is false as well.First of all, 'Cordovan' leather does not necessarily indicate that it is leather from a horse. Instead, Cordovan derives its name from Cordoba in Sp…
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The Gentle Craft: Welting a pair of shoes by hand.

The Gentle Craft: Welting a pair of shoes by hand.

"The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity. " -Douglas Horton When you watch the shoemakers at Vass welt a pair of handmade shoes, it looks surprisingly easy. But don’t be fooled. Only a few of the modern day shoemakers still wel…
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The Gentle Craft: Clicking

The Gentle Craft: Clicking

Clicking, whether it is done by hand or by machine, is the name given to the step of cutting out the leather. The clicker uses a sharp, personal knife or metal cutting die to ‘click’ the leather; a term derived from the sound the blade makes w…
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The History of the Jacquard Loom

The History of the Jacquard Loom

The Jacquard loom revolutionized the way weaving was done, by finding a way to use punch cards to automatically lower and raise individual warp yarns. If this sounds like a lot of mumbo jumbo, allow us to explain the basic principle of wea…
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Bresciani Hand Linked Toes

Bresciani Hand Linked Toes

A hand-linked toe provides comfort to the toe and adds durability to the sock. But what is it; why is it still in use, and how can you know whether or not your socks were made with a hand-linked toe?To shop our selection of hand linked knee hig…
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Jeeves Lined and Raised Leather Belts

Jeeves Lined and Raised Leather Belts

The details are not the details, they are the design.- Charles Eames - A belt can be made in many ways, from a single, thick piece of leather for a casual look, such as with bridle leather belts, to two pieces of leather that are glued togethe…
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South American Peccary

South American Peccary

South American PeccaryA peccary is a wild animal of the pig family that lives in South and Central America. Since peccary is a protected species, which can be exported from Peru in only limited quantities, its exotic skin has become a luxury mater…
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'Scotch' Grain Leather

'Scotch' Grain Leather

The exact history of Scotch grain, sometimes referred to as pebble or country grain, is unknown. Some say the leather was invented by accident when a Scottish tanner picked up a forgotten leather hide that was laying in the corner of his w…
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