What is Chromexcel?

One of the most common questions we get at the shop is what is the difference in Chromexcel and Dublin leather?  I usually tell people the main difference is that Chromexcel is tanned using Chromium (thus the name)  and Dublin, Essex and most of our other leather selections are vegetable tanned-but there is a bit more to it than that.  Chromexcel is actually a copyrighted name that refers to Horween's tanning process, other tanneries produce chrome tanned leather but usually simply call it chrome tanned.  Chromexcel is the classic "pull-up leather" meaning that when bent or flexed greases impregnated in the skin migrate, causing a tonal effect in the grain.  It generally has a much softer feel, requiring little to no break-in.  We stock many different colors of Horween Chromexcel leather, and you can browse any of our finished products here.  Also, if you have any questions or would like a custom Chromexcel product please feel free to contact us anytime


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