Shinki Leather Tannery
During our trip to the Real McCoy’s factory earlier this year, we asked if a visit to the Shinki horse hide tannery could be arranged. We had heard so much about the leather it produced - and as the main supplier to McCoy’s - it seemed apt that we should stop by. However, getting access to the tannery is extremely difficult and it’s not easy to get an invite, but after some negotiations we were granted a rare opportunity to explore.
Shinki specialises in horse hide tanning and imports the best quality hides from Poland and France. To see them arrive as salted flesh, and then see the finished product was a revelation and a huge testimony to the craftsmanship involved.
We also visited Kobe in Japan to see our good friends at The Real McCoy''s. One of the highlights was an afternoon watching the production of two of their most celebrated pieces; the A-1 and A-2 Flight Jackets.
They have a sterling reputation and it’s clear to see why. Each piece of clothing is expertly handled and executed by a dedicated team. It takes years to learn these skills and the workers we photographed have stayed loyal to the brand for much of their career.
It was without a doubt a truly breath-taking experience, not just for a fan of the brand but for any admirer of true craftsmanship.