Light and winning horse leather3 September 2007
'Cavallino' (horse leather) is currently in vogue and the latest request from the fashion houses is to be able to produce clothes wholly made with horse leather. This means being able to eliminate the problems of specific gravity and softness.
Horse hide has normally a quite high specific gravity which results in heavy clothes and limited development. Firstly there is the weight of this hairy leather and then the chemical nature of the softening oil which makes leather more delicate to the touch but also makes it heavier. ChimontGroup have developed a special series of oils that grant leather an extraordinary softness as well as a noticeable lightness. Chimoil SU and Chimoil E/4 are two innovative lubricating products. With their short molecules they act as softening agents allowing the fibres of the leather to slip one upon the other by reducing damping between them. Their chain length is the decisive factor of this new and effective result. Hair turns out soft and shining and the side of the flesh, after sandblasting, gets a dry and silky aspect.