Shell Cordovan Clayton

Clayton shell cordovan is a world-renowned leather with a high density, natural water and stretch resistant texture. Rather than creasing, its rippling effect allows craftsmen to use cordovan to create beautiful items such as shoes or wallets in a variety of rich colours.

Rightly named the “holy grail” of leathers, shell cordovan is taken from an equine hide and is, in fact, the membrane layer underneath the skin. Due to the shell being taken from the rump area the leather is very supple which is an attractive quality shoe manufacturers look for.

Shell cordovan is a type of leather commonly used in high-end shoemaking and leather products. Cordovan is an unique leather made from the fibrous flat muscle beneath the hide on the rump of the horse. The leather derives its name from the city of Cordoba, Spain, where it was first practiced by the Visigoths in the seventh century, and later also by the Moors. It is a difficult and expensive leather to make, and in the late 19th and early 20th century was mostly used for razor strops to sharpen razors in barber shoes, wallets and watch straps due to its aesthetic and exceptional durability. Shell cordovan has an unique non-creasing characteristic.

Clayton Shell Cordovan
Color: black, blue, brown, burgundy, claret, green, whiskey.



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