Shell Cordovan Wallet Pron

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by NAMOR, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. Winston S.

    Winston S. Senior member

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    I probably carry same or more. The Louie is really packed right now, but I feel that after it has broken in, it should be fine.

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  2. hanoiboy

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    Thx Phil @Ashland Leather
     


  3. 6up

    6up Senior member

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    Hanoiboy......how old is the wallet. Can you post up more pics when you get a chance?
     


  4. hanoiboy

    hanoiboy Senior member

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    Im really enjoying this wallet.
     


  5. taxgenius

    taxgenius Senior member

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    Damn fine stuff.
     


  6. Spy

    Spy Well-Known Member

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    Anyone looking for shell stuff from small makers:
    Shell cordovan stocks are near an all time low, because horsehides have become increasingly scarce in the US. As explained by my friend at the Horween tannery, China and India have been buying up almost all of the horse on the market. There's at least a two year wait for new and smaller customers to receive orders of shell, so I fear that a lot of us are going to be running low on shell stock unless we go through other means to find it.
    To put it in perspective, I was going to try to buy scrap from Alden, and they don't have any shell in their factory. It's getting real ugly.
     


  7. brax

    brax Senior member

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    Here are my Horween shell cordovan wallets - card holders - passport covers. They are all from Ashland, Chester Mox, or bespoke from Buenos Aires, Argentina:

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  8. SHS

    SHS Senior member

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    Impressive collection!
     


  9. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    brax, love the wallets. how would you compare the shell quality between the Argentinean and horween STUFF?
     


  10. brax

    brax Senior member

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    Exactly the same. I purchased the Horween shells in the USA and took them down with me to commission some small leather goods (above). I also took some #8 to Colombia and had them make a portfolio lined in pig suede (but that is a bit outside this "shell cordovan wallet" porn thread.)
     


  11. brax

    brax Senior member

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    Also, there is a very high end bespoke bookmaker near the Hurlingham Polo Club in Buenos Aires who can get shell directly from Horween.
     


  12. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    oh nice. Thats awesome. Thanks for the informative post.
     


  13. brax

    brax Senior member

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    For those interested in shell patination, here is a pictuire of two identical #8 wallets. One has never been used while the other has been used every day for 4+ years.

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  14. dddrees

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    So is there something wrong with the older one, hence the reason for the new one?
     


  15. brax

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    I should have been a bit moe clear. Both wallets were made for me bespoke in Buenos Aires at the same time. I asked that he make two so that I could have a replacement ready but the "old" one is still in great shape so it will be a while before the "new" one gets taken out of the bag.
     


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