There are three ingredients that go into each piece at the Kenton Sorenson USA studio:
1. authentic material
2. simple design
3. old world craftsmanship
Each Sorenson piece begins with salt-cured, full-grain vegetable-tanned cattle hide, organically treated in the absence of artificial colors or chemicals.
All pieces are crafted from the highest graded areas of reserve leather sides from a 130 year-old Midwestern tannery utilizing unbranded male cattle hides raised by American ranchers - a type less than 1% of all available hides.
Kenton Sorenson uses leather that is soaked in tanning liquor derived from oak bark for six weeks and then dried for several days. This process yields leather that, while extremely durable, and because of collagen that darkens when exposed to sunlight, will develop a rich caramel patina with age.
In addition to a more time-consuming tanning process, each article is hand cut, hand conditioned with beeswax, and hand stitched using a heavy thread.
A strict adherence to old world methods to create modern products is our rule.
Because of the natural quality of the leather, please expect natural markings and an occasional range scar, plus a handmade uniqueness to each piece.