What is Horween leather?

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Horween is the name of a famous leather tannery in Chicago, Illinois. Vaer has used Horween leather as its premium leather option since 2018.

Great leather comes from great hides, and our Horween straps are made from some of the very best available. We use USA-raised steer hides which are sourced by the Horween Leather Company in Chicago, Illinois. Horween is a fifth-generation family business and one of only a handful of tanneries in the United States that still process hides from their raw state to finished aniline leather. Founded in 1905, the company’s unique tanning process has gone relatively unchanged over the past century. To this day, all Horween leather is treated at a 90,000-square-foot factory at Elston and Ashland Avenues near the Chicago River. 

"When we started designing our leather straps, we were immediately drawn to Horween. My favorite pair of boots were made from Horween and had developed this incredible patina over the years, and we knew it would work well with our watches. Needless to say, we haven't looked back, and we're proud to offer some of the best straps available."

Ryan Torres, Vaer Co-Founder

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