1)    Q) What is chromexcel, essex, and shell cordovan? What differentiates them?

A) These are leathers produced by Horween Leather Company, widely regarded as one of the best tanneries in the world. The main difference between the them are that Shell Cordovan is denser and more durable than the Chromexcel and Essex. Another benefit of the Shell Cordovan is that it doesn’t have a suede bottom surface like the Chromexcel, but rather a smooth solid surface. This results in a more “clean-cut” appearance. See my gallery for examples. 

From Horween’s website:

“Chromexcel is the original pull-up leather; using time honored techniques and formulas that were developed nearly 100 years ago.  Chromexcel is still produced in the United States using a bark retannage from a proprietary recipe, and then genuine hot stuffed with our secret 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.”

“Shell Cordovan is the art of tanning at its finest.  More than just a color, it is a very specific leather, from a particular part of a horsehide.  The irregular oval shaped shells are tanned, stuffed, shaved, and then polished – a process taking at least six months.  Each shell is slowly steeped in gentle vegetable liquors. The shells are genuine hot stuffed then slicked onto glass frames to dry.  Each shell is hand curried and shaved by highly skilled artisans to expose the shell. Dyes are hand rubbed on for a deep aniline finish. Finally, the shells are hand glazed to achieve the rich, glossy look and feel prized by fine craftsmen.”

 "[Essex] is a rich, full grain leather that utilizes the same blends of extracts that we use in our Shell Cordovan."

2)    Q) Which thread color should I choose?

A) There are a few different approaches to this decision.

1) For an informal look, you have three options.

a) Choose a thread color that is lighter or darker than the leather. For example, for Walnut essex leather, choose beige or dark brown thread.

b) Choose a thread color that that accents a bright color on the watch. For example, if your watch has a red second hand, choose red thread.

c) Choose a thread color that matches either the watch face or the markings on the watch face. For example, for a white watch face, choose white thread.

2) For a formal look, match the thread to the leather. The following list matches leather color and thread color

Brown Chromexcel: Dark Brown Thread

Blue Chromexcel: Blue Thread

Burgundy Chromexcel: Dark Brown Thread

Green Chromexcel: Green Thread

Walnut Essex: Auburn Thread

Black Shell Cordovan: Black Thread

Natural Shell Cordovan: Light Brown Thread

Burgundy Shell Cordovan: Dark Brown Thread

3)    Q) How much is shipping?


US (3-5 day) with tracking: $5

US (2 day) with tracking: $10

International (2 weeks): $10

International (2 weeks) with tracking and extra shipping security: $20

4)    Q) How long will take for my order to be shipped?

       A) Since all orders are custom made, it can take up to 3 weeks for your order to be shipped.

5)    Q) Do you take custom orders?

A) Yes! Since every product is custom made, I can work with you to make it exactly what you want. To discuss a custom design, please e-mail me at sky@strappingfellow.com.

6)    Q) Where do I enter a discount code?

       A) You will have an opportunity to enter a discount code after you enter your shipping address when checking out.