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Longevity of Leather: Looking Great over a Decade Later

November 19, 2013
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Capitol Building in Madison

At DCT, we’ve had the privilege of supplying leather to some pretty interesting jobs.  One such instance was back in the late 90’s, when the Wisconsin state government decided to renovate the interior of the capital building, and needed over 900 leather hides to complete the job.  If you’ve ever been to Madison, you’ll know it’s nearly impossible to miss the gorgeous capitol building – it’s the architectural focal point of the city – and so we were proud to offer our services to help the interior match the level of quality seen on the outside.

One interesting reason that DCT got the job was the size of our hides – some of the leather was used for the large seven or eight foot doors in the building, and the design on the upholstery favored larger hides, as they would mean less seams in the work.  In addition to the size of the hides, the color of this particular job was custom.  While DCT has a robust 140 color palette for our customers to choose from, but on orders over 30 hides, we also offer custom coloring options for larger orders.  This is a function of the production size of our tannery – while it’s not possible to run one hide at a custom color, when the order is for more than 1500 ft2 of hide, the option to do a run in a unique color is a nice touch.renovate the interior of the capital building, and needed over 900 leather hides to complete the job.  If you’ve ever been to Madison, you’ll know it’s nearly impossible to miss the gorgeous capitol building – it’s the architectural focal point of the city – and so we were proud to offer our services to help the interior match the level of quality seen on the outside.

You may be wondering why we’re talking about a job that happened over 10 years ago, and we have two reasons: the first is that they were so happy with their order, they’ve recently put in a second supplemental order for more for another part of the building. Second, throughout the ten years and the process of this new order, we never had a service issue with the leather.   This is remarkable, as the traffic in a public building tends to be higher than average, and yet still our leather was hardy enough to withstand the test of time, and still look great.

 

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