Posted on 16 July 2015
All leather expands and contracts, but Chromexcel leather is especially elastic, making it perfect for wallets, cellphone cases, and other small accessories that you want to take the shape of the objects they hold. Our Chromexcel leather comes from the Horween Leather Company in Chicago. Horween, established in 1905 is one of the oldest and most storied tanneries in the U.S. and they provide leather for many fine brands.
Chromexcel leather is produced through a complicated process consisting of many steps (some of which are closely guarded secrets). The leather is first tanned with chrome salts and then retanned with a proprietary blend of bark extracts and other natural agents. The next phase is “hot stuffing” in which the leather is impregnated with oils and waxes that are solids at room temperature. Then the leather is dyed with aniline dyes and finally it receives a coat of Neatsfoot Oil. Chromexcel leather is softer than oil-tanned leather and retains its lustre or shine over time. We put Chromexcel leather to work in our Classic Bifold and our popular Utilis iPhone Case.