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a little more porn:

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You could probably request a shell cordovan wallet from any high end leather goods or shoe maker.  The only issues would be price and whether or not they'd even be willing to work with SC in the first place.  I've seen pictures of a Whitehouse Cox SC wallet on these forums (and boy was it beautiful).

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Palmer Trading Co:

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post #19 of 465
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Originally Posted by jammyo40 View Post

You could probably request a shell cordovan wallet from any high end leather goods or shoe maker.  The only issues would be price and whether or not they'd even be willing to work with SC in the first place.  I've seen pictures of a Whitehouse Cox SC wallet on these forums (and boy was it beautiful).


this is true. If the BB wallets dont come through, ill look into it.

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Whitehouse Cox Shell Cordovan Wallet:

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link to OG post
post #20 of 465
Makr has some as well as a bunch of other Hoween stuff (both CXL and shell)

Corter Leather does a little, you could probably custom order one
post #21 of 465

Also, keep in mind that not all shells are created equal.

 

 

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I tested the Japanese Shell also (old post about it...with pics, I think) and it was pretty good, but not as good as Horween. The test I ran involved cupping one shell from each, placing in a shoe box with water in the cup of the shells. After a couple of days, the Japanese shell leaked thru, while Horween's never did. Also, the Japanese spotted while Horween's just rolled off and looked as good as new.

But, the main difference is the supply of raw material, not the process of the tanneries so much. There is just a small supply out there, and they both know who has it.....Horween was able to secure this, more or less. I spoke with the Italian agent for the Japanese tannery last month and there is virtually no supply there from them.....I guess they have some in Japan, but nothing is around Italy on speculation for production, as they just can't supply anything consistent to a shoe factory. For me, Horween is the one.....no doubt.

One of our private label accounts detailed Shell Cordovan from us for next season's collection, and they referred us to an Italian tannery doing Shell Cordovan. We figured it was bs, and sure enough it was. Was basically calf tanned like Shell. VERY good imitation, and apparently quite a few Italian manufacturers are using this and calling it shell - saw one finished sample from a well known brand and it was hard to tell, except I was able to find a small vein in one area....genuine SC cannot have a vein. When we received the leather from the tannery, it was calf.

Bottom line is that Horween is far and away the best producer of Shell Cordovan....no suitable substitute IMO. There is an increased interest in this material, however, and the tanneries have reacted by coming up with a very good imitation (the calf version really is nice) which will be on the market next season from numerous brands. It's just not Genuine Shell Cordovan.
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^ Excellent 3rd post sir.

Are the wallets still on BB after reappearing this morning? I can't find them but my connection sucks right now.
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^ Excellent 3rd post sir.
Are the wallets still on BB after reappearing this morning? I can't find them but my connection sucks right now.

They disappeared from the website this afternoon. Good chance they were never available to begin with. Perhaps just an inventory glitch
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Also, keep in mind that not all shells are created equal.

I'm not sure that's entirely fair. When are you going to need a shell wallet to withstand water for a few days? Ron's test might be relevant for shoes, but probably not for wallets (or many other leather goods).

I've handled Japanese shell, but I'm not sure if it's from the same tannery that Ron got his from. It's thinner, which means it's more pliable. It also feels a bit softer. Since it's from a different tannery, the color is also a bit different than the stuff that comes out of Chicago. These things - pliability, softness, color - are matters of personal preference, not inherent defects. I have wallets in both Horween and Japanese shell, and enjoy them both.

FWIW, Chester Mox will make any of their designs out of Horween shell. A small family with extensive leather working experience runs the company and they make everything by hand in Los Angeles. The quality is very high.
post #25 of 465

I Have one of these :  http://barrettalley.com/devilish-wallet-shell-cordovan-no-8

 

 

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I'm not sure that's entirely fair. When are you going to need a shell wallet to withstand water for a few days? Ron's test might be relevant for shoes, but probably not for wallets (or many other leather goods).

You have a point. But the way I see it: if it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing biggrin.gif
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post #28 of 465
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this one looks amazing, made from horween leather http://www.manufactum.com/cognac-cordovan-gentlemens-wallet-p1454128/?c=193624

wonderful looking wallet but 8 card slots are 2 too many. cant tolerate a costanza wallet
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You have a point. But the way I see it: if it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing biggrin.gif

The trade off, however, is that you have a much thicker and less pliable leather. Your wallet might hold water for a few days, but depending on the design, it might not be as thin.

In any case, it's a moot point since it's nearly impossible to get a wallet made from Japanese shell cordovan anymore.
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I'm not sure that's entirely fair. When are you going to need a shell wallet to withstand water for a few days? Ron's test might be relevant for shoes, but probably not for wallets (or many other leather goods).
I've handled Japanese shell, but I'm not sure if it's from the same tannery that Ron got his from. It's thinner, which means it's more pliable. It also feels a bit softer. Since it's from a different tannery, the color is also a bit different than the stuff that comes out of Chicago. These things - pliability, softness, color - are matters of personal preference, not inherent defects. I have wallets in both Horween and Japanese shell, and enjoy them both.
FWIW, Chester Mox will make any of their designs out of Horween shell. A small family with extensive leather working experience runs the company and they make everything by hand in Los Angeles. The quality is very high.

Nice looking products at a decent price. Do you own one?
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