Shinki Hikaku Shell Cordovan leather comes from Kobe, Japan. Shinki has been in business since 1951 and are one of the few remaining tanneries producing this special article. They are well known for their attention to detail, beautiful hides and rich colors. Shinki shell has its subtle differences than the other tanneries, it has a beautiful more polished luster and are less waxy feeling. These unique traits lend itself to really clean small leather goods.

Shell cordovan (or cordovan) is a rare, world-famous leather made of a specific layer of hide – “cordovan”. The cordovan layer exists only in equine hides and has its maximum thickness on the rump area. One horse hide yields only two small oval pieces of cordovan – two shells. Using the centuries-old method of pure vegetable tannage and hand finishing, the tanning process takes a full six months to complete. The outcome is one of the world’s finest leathers and one that is highly coveted for its unmatched durability and wonderful patina.

Ichigo Ichie Shoemaker