Originally Posted by ThinkDerm @MoosicPa
other posters are saying G&G has access to 1786 leather. also - how did you order from N&L?
New & Lingwood did a LE RTW line about 10 years ago. The shoes I have are from that run. They are no longer available through N&L. Last year I asked Simon Baker (casemaker) to make me a Russian Leather briefcase made form the 1786 leather. He was able to secure enough of the leather for the case, but was informed that it would be the last available as the diver who was bringing it up retired 2 years ago, and the last of the recovered hides were bought by Cleverley.
Now G&G may have some of the 1786 leather in their stock, but I know other makers use a leather that resembles the original Russian tanned leather, but is not made using the lost tanning process. St. Crispin's uses a faux Russian leather, which is very nice and much softer than the 1786 leather. I have a pair of St. C's boots of Russian Leather and shell.