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  1. Shell cordovan leather in 1880s shoes

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    July 20, 2015 by Ville Raivio

    Shell cordovan, the darling bud of 21st century high-end shoemaking, was a well-known piece of ass back in 1880s already. …
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  2. A history of the Nantucket red cotton canvas

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    October 6, 2014 by Ville Raivio


  3. Identifying quality leather

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    May 29, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    “Genuine leather” has not been a useful marking in decades. Leather can be made from most any animal, and it …
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  4. The coolest summer shoe leathers

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    May 15, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    We all have anecdotal knowledge of the differences between leathers in the heat of summer, but it’s always nice to …
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  5. Characteristics of Shetland wool

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    March 21, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    Shetland wool is the harvested and treated wool grown by sheep of the same name. This tiny landrace creature has …
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