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Shell Cordovan is a type of leather used in luxury, high-end footwear and leather goods. Cordovan is an equine leather. It comes from the flat muscle (or shell) beneath the hide on the rump of the horse; tanning practices first explored by the Visigoths in the seventh century in Cordoba, Spain. Most leather companies use the hides from the whole cow and divide one hide in to many layers, essentially getting multiple quantities of thinner, inferior quality leather from one hide.
Shell Cordovan comes from horses and only from one isolated section of their posterior. The supply of Shell Cordovan is low, as are all horsehides, creating high demand and high prices. This exclusive leather is renowned for its durability, longevity and exquisite shine.
Nettleton, with over 140 years of leather craftsmanship has established relationships with suppliers of Shell Cordovan and can offer it to our clients in footwear, belts, bags and briefcases.
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