Our fanaticism is to leather. But our devotion is to our customers. Service that extends to hospitality, healthcare, automotive/RV, aircraft, residential, bookbinding and marine. In the furniture and automotive industries, our cut-to-pattern capabilities have
earned us a "who's-who" roster of clients. Not only can we custom-cut to any manufacturing specs, we also provide individual inspection as well as customized stocking and delivery programs. As a result, our clients get the capabilities of a leather furniture manufacturer without having to add whole-hide inventory, cutting schedules or labor – guaranteeing them not just a fixed cost per piece but delivery that is often ahead of schedule.
Leather is a product of nature. How it is processed is an art. Tanning is a multi-stage, lengthy and time-consuming process. The tanning process begins with the rawhide. After meticulous cleaning, the hide is either prepared with a vegetable or chromium tanning process.
Next, the hide is treated with transparent aniline dyes, which penetrate the hide and give it its base color. The dye draws out the beauty of the natural grain. Fat-liquors are also added to yield a soft and supple feel. The finishing process then ensues, customized to the end use of the leather. Blending color and luster, achieving the right shade in two-tone effects, the subtle touch of contrast coats and textures and above all, meeting customer expectation requires a high level of skill and precision. Artisanal every step of the way, our embossing process is as closely supervised as hand rubbing or antiquing. The final application is a clear sealing coat, which can range from matte to glossy. Customer preference and consistency with the overall character of the leather dictates the degree of gloss in the final top coat.
1903. Conneaut, Ohio. Born to serve industry, from the very beginning we have insisted on total control of our leathers – buying, selling, tanning, and curing. In the 1960s, we brought a color specialist on board to match the most exacting requests.
Today, we have achieved ISO certification and can produce up to 2000 hides a day from our state-of-the-art facility in Northeast Ohio. Our custom color matching program and short lead times are the envy of the industry. Our future is brighter than ever. Thanks to our unlimited custom capabilities and our partnership with Crypton®, we are continually pushing the boundaries – offering antimicrobial, antibacterial, stain resistant and bleach cleanable leathers.
Leather is no mere covering. Leather is skin. Is it any wonder it connects with us the way it does? The look. The feel. Even the smell. Leather is soft and supple yet so durable it wears four times longer than even the most stalwart upholstery. Beautiful yet practical,
leather has all the nuance of a fine wine. From the hides we select to the craft we apply, at Conneaut Leather no detail is spared in bringing leather in all its beauty to the world.