We’ve been on the hunt for a tannery for the Mercantile leather goods and had a chance last week to visit Horween.
Horween has been around since 1905 and is a family-run business, and still is to this day. They’ve survived all kinds of ups and downs and remain the only tannery in Chicago, that used to be booming with as many as 40 tanneries at one point.
Horween has a cool history and timeline on their website www.horween.com with one of the standouts of their becoming the leather supplier for NFL footballs.
Besides a colorful history Horween makes some of the best leather around. They committed at the start to make the very best leather possible and as a final step determine their pricing to customers. Not the other way around, cutting corners.