Articles by: Jana Weill
If you haven’t listened already, now is your chance to hear Cortina Leathers President Jack Prause share his perspective on the challenges facing our industry.
Designers today are challenged by a global supply chain and bottlenecks caused by, of course the pandemic shut down, increased traffic at many of the world’s ports but let’s not forget that Brexit and a US led trade war from four years ago still affects the marketplace today.
Rarely do you get this perspective from the very top about these issues and many others facing industry product partners. Join host Josh Cooperman as we shed some light on these issues and many others along with a manufacturer profile on Cortina Leathers and the man at the top, Jack Prause.
The December 2020 issue of Hospitality Design Magazine put a spotlight on our new performance leather, Cuyahoga protected with Crypton. Available in 13 colors, Cuyahoga features a soft hand with a unique two-tone effect and offers exceptional cleanability and stain resistance.
The November 2020 issue of Aircraft Interiors International put a spotlight on cabin materials for a post-pandemic world. Cortina leathers protected by Crypton were featured for their unique ability to be cleaned with cleaning agents recommended by the EPA to disinfect against COVID-19. Learn more here.
We're excited to announce that our Issimo leather protected by Crypton has been chosen as an honoree for Interior Design's Best of Year 2020 Awards.
Now celebrating its 15th year, Interior Design's Best of Year is the ultimate measure of design excellence, honoring the most significant work of the year and recognizing designers, architects and manufacturers from around the globe. Overall, Best of Year Awards featured an amazing 2,000 applicants and 586 finalists in 133 design categories.
We're honored to be recognized in the Hospitality Textiles category. Check out Issimo and thank you to everyone who voted!
Cortina Leathers is expanding the color palette for their popular Davenport leather and adding a Crypton finish. Made in the U.S.A., this durable, pigmented leather is in-stock and an ideal choice for applications that call for cleanability. Now available in 8 fashionable new colors ranging from Evergreen to Rosewood.
Cortina Leathers was proud to be awarded the Business Longevity Award by Smart Business Magazine being recognized as a successful Northern Ohio business for the past 117 years. While we were not able to attend the ceremony in person we were honored to be included with a prestigious group of Ohio businesses.
Cortina Leathers was founded as Conneaut Leather in 1903 in Conneaut, Ohio, by a group of businessmen led by Charles L. Whitney, to tan and finish leather for upholstering furniture and manufacturing leather luggage.
In 1925, it closed its tannery to focus on leather finishing and in the 1940s was supplying desktop leather to the residential furniture industry.
The company expanded into manufacturing upholstery seating leathers for the automotive aftermarket, office furniture, residential furniture and aviation industries. And in the 1990s, it began stocking finished leather to make it immediately available to office furniture manufacturers, invested in stocked leather and automated cutting machines, and expanded into the automotive aftermarket, book binding and marine markets.
In 2005, Austin Capital Partners LLC bought the company, with President Jack Prause arriving in 2012 to help diversify and expand into new markets. In 2014, Conneaut Leather acquired Cortina Leathers, expanding its standard leather SKUs to over 750 and opening the door to new markets.
Today, doing business as Cortina Leathers, more than 55 employees process 9,000 hides per month, supplying multinational customers and leather for furniture used by the federal government.
Hospitality Design’s August issue features our new upgraded Brandenburg with Crypton as part of their best new leathers roundup on page 55.
Want proof that more is indeed more? This is it. Cortina’s Maximalism leather assortment is an exuberant celebration of design possibilities.
Curated by renowned designer Virginia Langley, the bold leathers play with color, mix patterns, and tempt with texture. In all spaces—classical, contemporary, transitional, and beyond—the trend works. Layer old and new, accent with bold artwork, mix culture cues creatively, add in luxe leather, and refuse to hold back. The result is a chic expression of what it means to live adventurously. Explore every option, and infuse your next look with the unabashed attitude of Maximalism. Available at a moment’s notice only from Cortina Leathers.
Leathers for Maximalism:
Although I am originally British, I consider America my home. I have fallen in love with the American lifestyle, especially with my Quarter Horses which are a big part of my life and influence my creativity deeply.
The fact that I am always outdoors & surrounded by nature when I'm with them is a huge attraction. Their vivacious spirits are captivating & awaken ones soul to see the beauty & grace in all God's creations.
When you are working with horses, it is similar to designing ... you have to be present, in the now. When you are, then you are more aware. Your senses awaken too. You notice colors more vividly & you feel textures more sensually. You are suddenly more connected too. This is the beauty of nature. Leathers, being all natural, harmonize with our senses & the textures & the feel of these finishes, the vibrancy of the colors are all part of a natural environment for us to use in our home & work places. The durability of western saddles & bridles that last a lifetime are a testimony to the longevity, as well as the sustainability of these incredible materials ... leather.