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Chromexcel, or CXL as it's known, is a combination tanned leather that undergoes at least 89 separate processes taking 28 working days. Needless to say, it's complicated. For any tannery, the chemistry that transforms salted or cured hides into leather often requires a degree of "cooking." Each hide is in itself unique in that it came from animal as a byproduct of the meat industry is just a single example in a long list. Retannages are derived from tree barks, dyes and stains are derived from naturally occurring pigments, and it's all mixed and applied using heat, steam, pressure, hands, and time.