Cotswold Shell Cordovan Leather Bumble Bee Wallet
Unique and distinctive black and yellow leather 6 + 2 credit card wallet made with the world renowned Japanese Shinki Hikaku Shell Cordovan. This beautiful wallet contrasts the smooth black exterior of the shell cordovan with my own oil dyed yellow full grain natural vegetable tan interior. Version ‘A’ uses a black thread to contrast on the inside with the richness of the yellow whilst version ‘B’ has a yellow thread to contrast with the black exterior. Each of the six card slots has a curved corner for ease of access and there are a further two full length compartments, one on each side, for tickets / receipts or more cards.
Japanese shell cordovan is widely regarded as being the finest in the world. The Shinki Hikaku Company, based in Himeji, Hyoko Kobe, was founded in 1951 but the knowledge of its craftsmen and the leather tanning processes can be traced back, in the same area, to the Edo Period. Each piece of shell cordovan, made from horse hide rump, measures only a few square feet and takes over 10 months to make. It is entirely vegetable tanned and: dyed, waxed, glazed and polished by hand.
This item is entirely handmade by myself, in my workshop in Kendal, using traditional hand tools and saddle stitched throughout. No dies or machines are used during its manufacture and each piece of leather is hand cut and crafted and all of the edges are sealed and lacquered to a high gloss finish.
For the interior this beautiful vegetable tanned Italian leather is termed ‘Full Grain’. It is the most expensive top section (or split) of the hide and each piece comes with its own unique patterns arising from: skin folds, scars, veins and other markings. It is not like the cheaper commercial leathers that strip off the top layer, and then emboss a pattern back on, to make the leather look evenly textured and coloured. Full grain leathers retain their original natural beauty and individuality unique to the animal it has been made from.
Regarding colours, I make every effort to photograph each item as accurately as possible but all leathers can look quite different under different lighting conditions e.g. when indoors or outdoors or when in sun and shade.
When Closed: Approx 9.3 x 11.5 x 1 cm
When opened: Approx 9.3 x 23 x 0.5 cm
Version A Black Thread, Version B Yellow Thread