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Only you know if that twenty pounds target will be achieved.

I had similar thoughts last year and I have only just got round to getting the belts shortened.

You can always get a belt shortened, but you cannot increase its length.

i've dropped 30 which dropped my belt size 2 holes and then next 20 will be harder but will happen. id rather get it to fit how it should later and deal with being a hole or two to far over for now.

what is the turn around these days? ~1 month?
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what is the turn around these days? ~1 month?

yes, 5 weeks or so depending on the leather, buckle etc

Charlie
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Took the kids horse riding this week, not something I've ever been involved in before. The smell of the tack room was fantastic, pretty much what I imagine the Equus workshop smells like .. smile.gif
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Took the kids horse riding this week, not something I've ever been involved in before. The smell of the tack room was fantastic, pretty much what I imagine the Equus workshop smells like .. smile.gif

Tack rooms do smell amazing! I'm nearly immune to the smell of the workshop now unless Ive been away for a few days in which case the leather smell is much more apparent, or if Im opening an order of leather.

The Bakers leathers in particular have their own individual smells. The Bakers Oak Brown and London Tan for instance have subtly different smells to each other despite being twins in all but colour. The Dark Stain and the Australian Nut are different again, in particular the Australian Nut has exactly the smell that tack rooms had when I was a child, I love it. One of the great joys of great leather is it provides a genuinely multi sensorial experience, its lovely to look at and to touch but also to smell - however clever man made materials become I don't believe they'll ever achieve such an all-round balanced loveliness..

Charlie
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You cant beat seeing something in the flesh! As you say the Dark Havanna is dark, we describe it as the colour of Bendicks Bittermints, very dark brown but its a interesting colour that reacts to the lighting conditions. Australian Nut and Burgundy are cousins, the Burgundy is really a rich brown and definitely not an Oxblood, nontheless a really nice colour. Its a really good match with some Horween leather. The colours all have a lot of subtlety and character and a lot of them have origins going back hundreds of years, Sedgwicks are doing a good job preserving them, though I do wish we could source an Oxblood!

Charlie

 

Why is oxblood so difficult to source, just a less requested colour so not much around?' I've resorted to just wearing the burgundy belt with oxblood shoes, seems to work except in natural light and the differences are more apparent but still close enough to get me by imo.  Eitherway if you do source some ill be in for a belt of it.

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Why is oxblood so difficult to source, just a less requested colour so not much around?' I've resorted to just wearing the burgundy belt with oxblood shoes, seems to work except in natural light and the differences are more apparent but still close enough to get me by imo.  Eitherway if you do source some ill be in for a belt of it.

At some point we'll commission a custom colour to be made up - we need to buy a lot of the colour (£thousands) to do it though so we haven't up to now. maybe we should do an SF project again!

There isn't really a good reason it isn't available technically. However bridle leather is just that, the tanners make it for bridles and saddlery for horses. A lot of makers, not least us, us it for all sorts of things, belts, briefcases etc etc because its lovely leather with outstanding qualities. The tannery aren't thinking of people matching belts and shoes when they formulate colours though, hence the lack of Grey and Oxblood. Arguably also what is Oxblood, how do you define it? There isn't a standard really for that sort of colour so if they do make it as a generally available product its still not going to please all of the people all of the time.

Its definitely on our radar as a future project.

Hope that helps :-)

Charlie
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The tannery aren't thinking of people matching belts and shoes when they formulate colours though

 

They work with leather and not think about how it will match shoes or outfits, that's crazy talk :p

 

Thanks for the response, makes sense.  Glad its on your radar look forward to seeing if anything comes of it.

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They work with leather and not think about how it will match shoes or outfits, that's crazy talk tongue.gif

Thanks for the response, makes sense.  Glad its on your radar look forward to seeing if anything comes of it.

Yup. Sedgwick really only tan and finish thicker stuff though, they aren't like Horween or one of the big European tanneries like Haas that cover multiple sectors of the leather trade. They stick to what they know and as a result make world class leather but they have quite a narrow focus so are somewhat rigid to deal with!

We'll expand our calf range thats under development in due course, that will give us access to a lot more colours as well.

Charlie
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