Shell cordovan is a vegetable-tanned leather that comes from horse rump (aka butt). It is one of the most desirable leathers out there due to its unique gloss surface finish, and high durability. While Horween is the first tannery to produce shell cordovan, our shell comes from a Japanese tannery, Shinki Hikaku. Shinki shell is incredibly clean, with a semi-gloss luster that offers a superior level of water resistance. Shinki shell has a more refined look and feel, as compared to the rugged and rustic vibe of Horween shell.
If you use a loupe to examine your watch, you should use a loupe to examine your straps. Quick release pins, polyester thread, decorative crease lines, waterproof lining.
A good quality watch strap is apparent by examining the leather and construction.
For leather, generally full grain or top grain leather should be used. The specific article of leather, if known, will provide more information on the type of leather.
For construction, you would want to look the stitching, edge finishing, symmetry and overall cleanliness.
As a small start-up, there is a lot that we don't know. Customer feedback is the most important way for us to discover those unknown unknowns. Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions!
You can message us about anything under the sun! How we can improve our watch strap, what leather we should use next, what styles of straps we should expand into (NATO? Two-piece? Bund?), how we can improve our websites, or even how your day is going! Bottom line is, we want to hear from you!
*Unfortunately, only M size is available at this point in time.
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