Leather

We use leather in a number of products, and we have certainly spent some time thinking about leather. Desk pads, valet trays, wallets, and luggage tags are crafted with special attention to the quality, aesthetic, and unique finish of leather. If you couldn’t tell, leather is pretty important to us. All of the leather we use in our products is from one of two different tanneries: Wickett and Craig in Pennsylvania, or Horween in Chicago.

Both of these tanneries are over 100 years old. Wickett and Craig was established in 1867. Horween was founded in 1905, and is the last surviving tannery in Chicago. They both possess a strong legacy, and play a large role in the production of a wide array of amazing leather goods. We are happy to be responsible for producing a few as well. Specifically, our accessories shelf and trays feature Wickett and Craig’s English Bridle leather in black and tan, as well as Horween Chromexcel leather in Navy. Chromexcel leather is the original “pull-up” leather – which means it is colored with natural oils or waxes, instead of synthetic paint or pigment.

A desk pad put to work.

A desk pad put to work.

The thickness of leather is measured in ounces, and can vary throughout the cut of leather, which is why measurements are approximations (it is animal hide, after all). The English Bridle leather is 10 ounces thick, meaning it measures about 5/32 of an inch. The Horween leather is approximately 5 or 6 ounces thick. These unique leathers are beautiful and feel great in your hands. It’s a great product for us to work with as well. Leather is beautiful on its own – as a stand-alone finished material in a desk pad or luggage tag. The contrast of the leather and concrete are a beautiful aesthetic to work with as well. Concrete, aluminum, and felt are stunning materials, and the navy, tan, and black leather offer a sleek, beautiful contrast. We know that when you put your keys and your phone inside the tray you’re going to like what you see – these products frame just about anything perfectly.