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American Standard | MAKR x Horween

Jun 23rd, 2009 | Categories: Made in the USA, Style | by Michael Williams

I love it when good things come together; a great designer, an esteemed 100 year old American tannery and the most handsome of leathers, Shell Cordovan. That is exactly what arrived in my mailbox last week, a Makr flap wallet made from 100% Horween Cordovan. If you aren’t familiar with Horween, the Chicago-based family-run operation one of the last surviving tanneries in the United States and producer of some of the finest leather goods the world over. I feel privileged to carry such a beautiful piece of American design from a talented young company and a respected institution. Makr leather goods are available in genuine Horween Shell Cordovan by special order.






Read my Q&A with Makr founder and designer Jason Gregory here.

Comments: 18

18 Comments to “American Standard | MAKR x Horween”

  1. nick
    on Jun 23rd, 2009
    @ 9:17 AM

    Lovely in images… and in person.

  2. TJKingKong
    on Jun 23rd, 2009
    @ 9:41 AM

    That is a nice looking wallet. Give me a quick email if you ever tire of it.

  3. Ryan
    on Jun 23rd, 2009
    @ 10:45 AM

    beautiful; is it a dark blue? I need to stroll over and check Horween out…thanks for the tip!

  4. preserveindustries
    on Jun 23rd, 2009
    @ 10:56 AM

    Hey, this is great, I had never heard of Horween before which is surprising being that I lived in Chicago for 5 years. I explored their site a bit and found a video that details their process a bit as well as the process of turning their leathers into shoes via Allan Edmonds… very cool. Here’s a link:

  5. Michael Williams
    on Jun 23rd, 2009
    @ 11:05 AM

    That video is amazing indeed. Thanks for sharing.


  6. Jeremy
    on Jun 23rd, 2009
    @ 11:39 AM

    Do you have contact info for Makr? I can’t find it anywhere on their site, and I would like to get a piece done up in shell as well.

  7. Jason
    on Jun 23rd, 2009
    @ 11:46 AM

    Anyone can either email me at or call for more info 407-284-0192. Production times really depend on what Horween has in stock.

  8. Tom Park
    on Jun 23rd, 2009
    @ 2:42 PM


  9. Siong Chin
    on Jun 23rd, 2009
    @ 4:32 PM

    The blue one is fantastic!

  10. moldy
    on Jun 23rd, 2009
    @ 5:33 PM

    I have a feeling if I bought that thing I wouldn’t have anything left over to fill it.

    Beautiful though.

  11. doane
    on Jun 23rd, 2009
    @ 5:50 PM

    Love the stitch thread color.

  12. Tracy
    on Jun 23rd, 2009
    @ 6:15 PM

    Just found this blog and I adore it. I am now in love with things I cannot afford.

    I suppose there are worse fates.

  13. Chris Dary
    on Jun 23rd, 2009
    @ 8:51 PM

    Awesome. I’ve had a Makr wallet for about a year now and I absolutely love it. It’s held up fantastically so far, I expect many years of use.

  14. Gefundenes Fressen
    on Jun 24th, 2009
    @ 2:00 PM

    You can tell it is something special when even the packaging box looks good.

  15. jhn
    on Jun 25th, 2009
    @ 1:53 AM

    Makr wallets are indeed great.

    Tracey, if they’re too rich for your blood, you can’t go wrong scouring craft fairs. There are lots of solo leatherworker guys out there. Their designs are usually not as nice as Makr’s but the craftsmanship and materials are excellent.

  16. Rob B.
    on Jun 25th, 2009
    @ 10:05 AM

    Awesome workmanship. And here’s an interesting article from BusinessWeek on the Horween Company. (Did you know Horween is the official supplier for the NFL and NBA with their leather for balls?)

  17. Mike
    on Jun 25th, 2009
    @ 7:40 PM

    Another thumbs up for Makr. My first wallet from them was damaged in shipping and Jason took care of it quickly. The wallet is wearing beautifully so far. Jason–any chance of a small run of simple leather keychains?

  18. longwing
    on Jun 26th, 2009
    @ 7:51 AM

    Hi Michael, I would have guessed that shell in the rear pocket might stain a bit. Is this not a problem?