At ColsenKeane Leather, we are obsessed with using the best hides in the world. The vast majority of our leather products are made with hides sourced, tanned and treated here in the United States.
Chromexcel is the original pull-up leather; using time honored techniques and formulas that were developed nearly 100 years ago. Chromexcel is still produced a bark retannage from a proprietary recipe at Horween Leather, and then genuine hot stuffed with a blend of natural oils and greases. Chromexcel is characterized by a rich pull-up in full aniline, hand rubbed finishes. Made to this day with old world craftsmanship, modern Chromexcel carries on a long history of superior comfort and durability.
Our grunge hides (Scotch & Espresso) are some of our customers’ favorite leather. Each of these pieces are approximately ¼” in thickness so they are ideal for bags that might experience heavy use. These grunge hides have what we call a “pull-up effect”. When pulled (pushed from the back), the oils and waxes cause the color to migrate to the surface and become lighter in pulled areas. A look associated with quality leather. Due to the light coat of wax across the surfaces, these bags fare well in rainy climates because it’s so easy to wipe off the rain, dust or snow from these bags.
NATURAL TAN LEATHER
The natural tan is a staple in our leather arsenal. We use this transformative leather to make our smaller accessories (i.e. wallets, toiletry cases, etc.) and this thinner natural tan is about 1/4” thick. We also use a thicker version of the natural tan for our more rugged bags at about 2/3” thick. Natural tan takes someone who has a vision to watch their leather piece literally change every day. Because this leather has almost no protective coating, it absorbs every bit of its surrounding (rain drops, the oils in your hands, the spilled tea, etc.) The light and sun will literally “sunburn” the hide to a beautiful copper patina. For the person who longs for their leather piece to tell the story of where they have been, then this natural tan is for you. Some of our customers will leave their belt or bag sitting in the front seat of the car for a few days as it changes. This hide responds very well to our Liquid Saddle Soap and will help accelerate the changing process.
CRAZY HORSE LEATHER
Our crazy horse leathers are made by applying special purpose waxes to a buffed grain surface. These waxes are melted and migrated under frictional heat. As a result when the leather surface is rubbed the color of the rubbed portion changes, which does not reverse immediately. This exhibits an antique effect. One of the first things I do with any new crazy horse item I make for myself is to bend and fold the piece as much as possible. The oils and colors seem to burst from the hide.
Common leather markings include: shading variations, healed scratches, neck wrinkles, insect bites, barbed wire marks, stretch marks, vein marks and brands are all part of the unique look that each of our pieces express. If you are looking for “perfect” unmarked leather then you are looking for something that has been overly treated and not as true to the hide. By definition, we value the leather “imperfections” in our products.
COLORS OF THE HIDES
Because the colors you see will depend on your monitor, we cannot guarantee that your monitor's display of any color will be accurate. Also, colors may vary due to differences in dye lots.
Sourcing the best hides in the world sometimes means getting hides from exotic locales! We do have some of our items imported and distributed through a leather distributer in both New York and California.