Where is Horween Dublin leather from?

Derby Leather comes from the Horween Tannery in Chicago, IL USA. Horween was founded over 113 years ago and is the oldest tannery in the United States. Horween produces many famous tannages including leather for regulation NFL footballs and NBA basketballs, Shell Cordovan, and Derby/Dublin.

What is the finish of Horween Dublin leather?

Dublin leather has a semi-smooth, low gloss finish. Dublin is a vegetable tanned full grain leather that is heavily stuffed with waxes and fats. This high fat and wax content is responsible for Dublin’s, and to a lesser degree, Derby’s “pull-up” effect. Pull-up is the temporary shift in color that occurs when a leather is flexed due to the displacement of the internal oils and waxes.


What is the temper of Horween Dublin leather?

Dublin leather is of a medium temper. It is supple though due to the high fat and wax content. When Dublin leather is further tumbled to add additional suppleness, it becomes Horween Derby.

How does Horween Dublin leather age?

Dublin ages more gradually than the Italian vegetable tanned leathers. This is in part due to its somewhat weather proof nature. The grain of this leather is protected by the large amount of fats and waxes introduced via the hot-stuffing process, so it is less influenced by abrasion. Dublin will eventually darken with use however.


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