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Connolly Leather no longer used by Ferrari ?

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  1. amenasce

    amenasce Three Time F1 World Champ
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    I read in a french mag that Ferrari wasnt using Connolly leather due to quality pbs ?
    And in another mag, read that the new RR and Bentley GT didnt use Connolly leather as well ...

    What happened ?
  2. Doody

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    i thought connolly went out of biz a while back.

  3. wax

    wax Five Time F1 World Champ
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  5. Daytonafan

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    Connolly made the mistake of diversifying into other products like suitcases and handbags that never caught on, drove the core of the company under. Shame

    WILLIAM H Three Time F1 World Champ

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    I heard they were using an Italian Co now. Its Conoli leather now :)
  7. pcelenta

    pcelenta Karting

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    Damn Mad Cows
  8. jmiles360

    jmiles360 Karting

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    The factory uses Schedoni leather
  9. cavallino

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    Poltrona Frau is an italian company.
  10. ze_shark

    ze_shark Formula 3

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    What kind of quality problems ? At incoming inspection at the factory, or reliability/wear after sale ?
  11. Doody

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    i wasn't aware that schedoni did cows - just leather manipulation. is that the case now? since ferrari owns schedoni (they do, don't they?) i find it hard to believe ferrari has backward-integrated into the cattle biz!

    i remember hearing a story about connolly leather's cows. they apparently had a very specific diet formulated to create the best hides. they washed the cows regularly to keep the hides in good shape. there were no barbed wires or hte likeon the fences around the grazing areas to mar the hides. and once a month or a few times a year each cow got a full "skin treatment" (moisturizers, etc.) to help keep the hide in tremendous shape.

    and that's purportedly why connolly leather was so much better than the competition. can anyone confirm their process specifically? i'm curious.

    i also heard that ferrari got the "dregs" of the hides. that rolls and bentley and maybe even jaguar got pick of the hides before ferrari did - that ferrari got "what was left over".

  12. davem

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    Connollys spa for cows. How nice
  13. Doody

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    fyi - more Poltrona Frau info:


    1912. Renzo Frau, founder, registers the name with the Chamber of Commerce in Torino, Italy.

    1926. Poltrona Frau is named official supplier of the "Real Casa".

    1930’s. Poltrona Frau, already a symbol of high quality design, is invited to furnish the pride of the Italian Navy: the luxury Ocean liner "Rex".

    1962. Frau comes under the direction of Franco Moschini, current President of the firm. Design collaborations are established with leading designers, including: Gio’ Ponti (1965); Marco Zanuso; Mazza and Gramigna; Gae Aulenti; Mario Bellini; Pierluigi Cerri; Tito Agnoli; Vignelli Associates; and others.

    1983. Collaboration with F.A.Porsche yields the "Antropovarius" series, a revolution in the fields of both design and ergonomics, still unmatched.

    Today. Poltrona Frau has extended its creative design into office and public spaces, leather interiors, and the automotive industry (BMW, Ferrari, Lancia, Mercedes, Nissan, Pininfarina). And after more than eighty-five years, Frau continues to write the most exciting and beautiful pages in the history of Italian furniture.

  14. JaguarXJ6

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    Its all true. They are in special controlled areas without barbed wire and to limit insect bites which will definitely mar the hide. Even after brushing and dipping, you can see where a scuff, cut, or an insect bite was.

    For Jaguar, there are two types of leather, Connolly and Autolux. Autolux is what they used to call the best of the best Connolly hides and that is the stuff you find in the RR's, Bentley's, and top of the line luxury Jags. The regular run of the mill Connolly hides you and I share are hardly dregs, but, there is a class of Connolly better you and I don't have.

    I'm very disappointed that Connolly went out of business. The new Italian leather is not even the same. Its very high quality, but it doesn't have the same aroma, texture, and patina.

    Through some channels, you can still get a few unused complete Connolly hides, but it takes several to make up an interior and they aren't cheap!

  15. shelbee

    shelbee Guest

    perhaps now "COW-NOLLY leather" being used??

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