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  • Minimal Lost Tradition - Horween Chromexcel 2.0
  • Tracy Freese
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Minimal Lost Tradition - Horween Chromexcel 2.0

There is an eternal battle that rages on about quality versus quantity. Those that argue for quantity will tell you that by foregoing a little bit of quality, money can be saved by the producer and the buyer. Those that love quality goods understand that something good is worth waiting for and paying a little extra to own. For example, you might buy a pair of leather shoes that look great and are cheaper than the similar Chromecxel pair they are sitting beside. While many will go for the cheaper selection, they will end up replacing those shoes 2 or 3 times more than the person opting for the pricier pair will have to. Quality lasts, and for that reason will always beat quantity.

Since we already mentioned it, let’s take a look at Chromexcel as an example. For those of you that may not be familiar with the name. Chromexcel is a leather tanning process invented and perfected by the Horween Leather Company in Chicago. This process has been used since 1911 and has changed very little during that time. Horween took the time to get the process perfect, and the results have been so good that they have seen no real reason to change it during the years that followed.

To go into all the details of how Chromecxel is produced would require a lot more space than we have here, but we can sum it up by saying that it takes 28 days and a combination of 89 different processes to achieve the end result. That is way more time than many tanners are willing to commit to their product, which may be a sign that what they are making may in fact be inferior. Horween take it a step further, though, as they have created a number of different branches of the Chromexcel process so that what they produce fits a very specific type of product.

In essence, Chromexcel is a large umbrella under which Cavalier, Wooly, Beaufort, Plainsman, Huntsman, Kudu, and a host of other processes reside. Each of those branches contains a subtle change in the original process and ingredients so that a wholly different leather is produced, yet is still one that bears the stamp of excellence that comes with Chromexcel. Other companies would be more than happy to make one good product only, aware that it may not quite measure up when used for different leather applications. Horween simply aren’t prepared to do that, which is why they are still thriving and in such demand after more than 100 years in business.

As consumers, we all have choice to make about the products that we buy. It is easy to look at a product and decide that it doesn’t fit the budget, but that is a short term way of thinking. Consider your past buying experiences and how often you have settled for the less expensive, more disposable option that’s available. If you were to compare that to spending a little more for a quality item, you would see that by choosing the inferior route, you are actually blowing your budget out of the water.

  • Tracy Freese
  • fashionfrugal minimalismlost methodminimalist livingsimpletimelesstraditionvintage minimalism