Full grain, embossed leathers come in many variations of quality and print style and at Crockett & Jones we only use the finest calf grain available. Within our collection we keep the selection of grained leathers tight and focus on those grains that are developed for the specifics of high-end shoemaking.
All of our grain leather is full grain aniline calf and by standing fast against the poorer quality, imitation grains that can be found in shoes today, we are able to passionately commit to our shoe & boots. Fully dyed through aniline calf not only produces an excellent grain definition, it also upholds the fundamental qualities that we require from our upper materials – Here at Crockett & Jones, we are all of the firm belief that you cannot make fine footwear without using the finest materials. By using the finest upper leathers available, our footwear will age well as it takes on the natural patina of life.
The Crockett & Jones Hand Grade Collection provides some of the finest ready-to-wear shoes available today. A major factor for the additional cost of our Hand Grade Collection, shoemaking and technical development aside, is of course - Upper Materials. We pay extra care and attention when selecting leathers for this collection, selecting tight leathers with a fine brake.
We have now benchmarked Willow Grain as our Hand Grade, full grain embossed leather. It is equally as supple as our Pebble Grain but hosts an even more classic appeal. It also takes great skill to handle…
“We are of the firm belief that you cannot make fine footwear without using the finest materials.”
Willow Grain is our first linear grain, meaning the embossing is of a more uniformed appearance running in a directional format. This linear print heavily restricts our Clickers (when cutting the leather sections) and results in a much wider and more expensive cut (referring to leather utilisation). You will notice this on the shoes above and below, the grain runs in the direction of the cut - Heel to Toe.
Our Clickers must directionally cut each section whilst ensuring the highest quality remains. Taking a similar approach to cutting our exotic leathers such a Crocodile, there is no hiding when cutting our linear Willow Grain and a high level of skill is required to undertake such a job.