Lanona incorporates Horween leathers in all of our Academic and Tavern boots. Recently, we made a visit to the famed Horween Tannery in Chicago, IL and experienced their tanning process first hand. Horween was founded by Isadore Horween in 1905 and is still operated by 4th and 5th generation Horweens. As one of the oldest tanneries in the US, Horween continues to produce some of the finest leathers in the world. Chromexcel, used in Lanona boots, is a type of aniline leather that they began to produce in 1911, which takes up to 89 separate processes and 28 working days to complete. Chromexcel leather has a signature “pull-up” effect and natural water/weather resistance that comes from a hot-stuffing process, two elements we knew would fit well for our line of footwear.
Horween leather is an American instituion — from boots and bags to the balls used in the NBA and the NFL, their leather occupies a revered place in the fabric of our culture. Over a century of hard work and honest to goodness top quality, have served as an inspiration for generations of US manufacturers. We are proud to count ourselves among that group of American makers and honored to partner with Horween. Look for more great things to come from Horween and Lanona in the future!