Our handcrafted leather goods start with the best possible raw materials. We use only the highest quality, U.S. sourced leather, canvas, and denim. Our limited palette of exceptional materials delivers timeless style and unparalleled durability, so you can pass your Orox on to your kids, grand kids, or whoever else is lucky enough to be next in line.
We select our materials with great care and use them in ways that ensure optimal performance and longevity. Below you can find out more about their character, history, and properties.
Oil Tanned Leather
Oil-tanned leather has a buttery soft feel; the result of a variety of oils added during the tanning process. Because of how naturally moisturized it is, oil-tanned leather is water-resistant, scratch-resistant and durable, which makes it the perfect material for the bodies of the majority of our bags and purses. Over time, the leather will become shiny and smooth, particularly in the spots that are worn next to your body. The oil-tanned leather that we use is made in Red Wing, Minnesota (the same place that makes Red Wing boots).We use oil-tanned leather in our Nuntius X and Merces Tote among other products.
Chromexcel Leather is an especially elastic leather, expanding and contracting with use and temperature. This makes it perfect for our wallets and phone cases, allowing them to age quickly and adapt to your use. Chromexcel leather has more shine and flexibility than other leathers, and over time it will retain its luster and get a beautiful patina. These unique characteristics are the result of a complicated tanning process that involves chrome salts thus the name “chromexcel.” The chromexcel leather that we use is made in Chicago, Illinois at the famed Horween tannery, one of the oldest and most storied tanneries in the U.S. We put Chromexcel leather to work in our Classic Bifold and our popular Utilis iPhone Case.
English Bridle Leather
English bridle leather is a strong and sturdy leather, traditionally used for equestrian equipment. We use English bridle leather for straps, belts, and handles so that they can withstand a lifetime of tugging and yanking (in other words, normal use). English bridle leather is vegetable rather than oil-tanned so the leather is stiffer and drier. Over time, English bridle leather softens tremendously and gets a nice shine. Lighter colors of English bridle leather will see a significant color change as well. We use English bridle leather in most of our belts and for the straps of all our Merces Purses.
Waxed and Waterproof Canvas
Like high quality leather, waxed canvas is classic and timeless, looking at once old-fashioned and of the moment. Over time, waxed canvas will become softer and accumulate various signs of wear and marks of character. Our waxed canvas comes from the Martin Dyeing and Finishing Co., a family owned business that’s been around since 1838. We love their waxed canvas and we also like the fact that we almost have the same family name. We use waxed canvas for our larger and less formal bags, backpacks, and rucksacks. It’s perfect for these because it’s waterproof, lighter weight, and lower cost than leather and it’s rugged and stylish.Waxed canvas plays a starring role in our Drawstring Rucksack and Viator Messenger.
Perhaps no material is more American than denim, born during California’s gold rush and popularized by brands such as Lee and Levi’s. Today we are in the midst of a lively denim revival. We are relative newcomers to working with denim, but we love its toughness and the way it pairs with leather and metal hardware (buckles and clasps). Our denim comes from Cone Denim Mills in North Carolina. They’ve been making denim since 1905. We don't use a lot of denim just yet, but it provides a flash of color for our Tradesman Aprons and our Viator Carryall.
Copper and Brass
Copper hardware is a distinguished counterpoint to leather and canvas. Buckles, clasps, and rings are more commonly made out of brass, nickel, and brushed chrome, but we especially love copper. Our solid sand-casted copper hardware is U.S. made by Clendinen Brothers in Baltimore, MD (est. 1865) and it looks great with just about everything we make. Over time it takes on a beautiful subtle greenish patina and, if you don’t like the weathered look, it is easy to clean. We feature copper hardware in our Parva Rucksack, Merces Tote, and Nuntius A4.