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post #166 of 1599
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Originally Posted by CrimsonWave View Post

Hi Charlie! Would you recommend using the Sedgwick Leather Feed as a conditioner on other leather items like briefcases and shoes?

Hi Crimson,

If the briefcase is made from bridle leather I would expect it to be OK, with the caveat that it can darken very light leather. I'm not sure about shoe leather, it's unlikely to hurt it but wether it'll take a shine easily afterwards I'm not sure. That said I've used it for lots of saddle, bridle and luggage leather with good results.

Charlie
post #167 of 1599
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Hi Julian,
Its a good idea and we do partially do it already. We send samples of leather FOC to anyone who wants to see either the leather or the colours or both - leather's so difficult to photograph and touch and smell are as important as colour to a lot of people. We have sent buckles out to customers in the past to look at it, I'm a bit more hesitant about it though as we would have to charge for it and some of the buckles are a) hard for us to get so difficult to keep in stock and b) are quite expensive. I'll have to think about that bit - I like it because its good customer service but am a little wary of the complication of deposits etc.
Do you want some leather samples?? Very happy to send you some if so..
Charlie


Thanks Charlie. Realistically I won't get around to ordering anything until late January or February so there's no point in my adding to your pre-christmas workload. I won't forget though, I'll be knocking on your virtual door sometime in the early new year to request samples.

 

- Julian

 

post #168 of 1599
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Hi All,

I thought I'd share the first photos of the newest member of our Lined and Raised belt range, the Continental Lined and Raised. This is our lightest L&R to date and is made with a very nice Italian hide that has a soft satiny finish. We've looked at an awful lot of samples and the vast majority have a very fake plasticky shine to them I really don't like. The colours are very aniline so the underlying grain and character of the leather is clearly visible, as I think it should be. The belt is c. 3mm at the edges and c. 4mm in the centre, so no thicker than one of our standard unlined belts. One of our design goals was to make the belt suitable for suits and more formal or lighter weight clothing, and I think we've succeeded in that.

As with all our Lined and Raised belts these will be entirely bespoke and as ever part of the buying process is to work through all of the various elements of the design that can be modified such as stitching colorer, pitch and weight, hole placement etc etc. At the moment I'm planing for there to be 6 colours and they are all subtle and attractive. They will be Black, Dark Havanna, Chestnut, Plum, Midnight Blue and Hazel, so something for everyone I hope.

The price will be £170 ex VAT for an 1 1/4 base metal buckle or c. £315 for a 1 1/4 Sterling Silver version. We'll put them on the website over the holidays but am obviously very happy to help in the meantime!

Watch this space for an aniline calf version at some point next year as well

Happy Christmas!

Charlie

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post #169 of 1599
what is the pricing for the sterling collar stays?
post #170 of 1599
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what is the pricing for the sterling collar stays?

Hi Think,

It depends a bit on the spec you want but I recon around £80.

Happy Christmas!

Charlie
post #171 of 1599
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Hi All,

We've been working on our watch strap range and after a lot of work we've got a product thats ready to be launched. The first design we're offering is made using the same Sedgwick bridle finished hide used for our medium weight Lined and Raised that makes a really nice, chunky 4mm strap. Theres a lot of choice of look on the website with leather colour, stitch colour etc etc but as ever each strap is made individually for its owner so we can happily explore racing holes, different point designs, different stitching styles, etc etc for those who want to customise the design even further.

Introductory pricing is £77.50 (+ VAT for Europeans) to include a Stainless Steel screw bar ARD or PRE-V buckle. The web page is here

A couple of pictures of an Australian Nut strap with White stitching and an ARD polished finished Stainless buckle and the same again but a Satin ARD on my own Victorinox

Charlie

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post #172 of 1599
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Hi All,

Another new product to show to you - this has taken a lot of sourcing of the right leather and is something I'm very excited about because the leather is really lovely. We've just published on the website a harness leather belt that we've called The Scott, after Captain Robert Scott, a great explorer and scientist. The belt is made using 5mm Bakers of Colyton Oak Bark tanned harness leather in a colour they call Dark Stain, which is a mid brown colour. Its very similar in its natural variations and markings to the Bakers Australian Nut we used for the forum Limited Edition we did a little while ago. I think nearly all concerned agreed that was a lovely colour and leather as it should be and this is as good or better in my view. We've gone with harness rather than bridle leather this time as I wanted to make a thick, strong belt but at the same time one that was flexible, comfortable and very long lived - the harness leather is impregnated with lots of grease as part of the tanning process so its very flexible for the weight, though the grain is no different than any other Bakers leather.

The belts homepage is here - its £67.50 (+VAT for European types) - as ever I'm more than happy to answer any questions and welcome any feedback anyone might have.

Couple of pictures below,

Charlie

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post #173 of 1599
Lovely colour. What is the difference between bridle and harness leather?
post #174 of 1599
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The two are very similar but harness leather is bridle leather max, if that makes sense. Harness leather is very heavily stuffed with grease as part of the finishing process so its very flexible for a given weight and very weather and wear resistant. Visually its the same as the Bakers bridle leather and is just the same to touch, the grease used is locked in the core of the leather so the surface is dry and clean. For those who have the Bakers Australian Nut already the obvious difference would be a slightly different leather smell (every Bakers colour smells different) and a more substantial strap, but the harness leather strap would be a lot stronger and would cope even better with demanding use.

Hope that helps!

Charlie
post #175 of 1599

Just ordered a Flat Buckle bridle leather belt in hazel.  The belts look great on the site and I needed a new one to match a new pair of shoes.  Based on the pictures the hazel appears to be a great match.

post #176 of 1599
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Originally Posted by NoCleverName View Post

Just ordered a Flat Buckle bridle leather belt in hazel.  The belts look great on the site and I needed a new one to match a new pair of shoes.  Based on the pictures the hazel appears to be a great match.

Lovely, many thanks! The (Sedgwick) Hazel is a lovely colour and very much shows of the character of the leather.

For anyone looking to match shoes or anything else - remember we're very happy to send colour swatches out either before or after order while your waiting for your belt to be made so you can see first hand the colours and what the best match would be. We can send either a complete set or specific colours FOC worldwide - just ask if you'd like to see some.

Charlie
post #177 of 1599
Hi Charlie

Loving the new Scott belt, but I'm looking for a darker belt as compared to the Australian Nut Forum Special you did a while back, any recommendations ?

Looking to match it with this shoe

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*pics from Leffot

Thanks
post #178 of 1599
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Hi Bibs,

I'm not sure we have anything quite that Oxblood in colour, but our closest matches will be Sedgwick Burgundy or the Bakers Australian Nut. The Bakers has the red but is probably a little light overall, the Sedgwick is probably still a little too brown. Its a shame as I love that colour and have a pair of Oxblood shoes myself I'd love to match. More than happy to send you some offcuts to take a look at for yourself if you'd like?

For colours that are really hard to match like this I've been known to take the contrarian approach and go for something from completely the opposite side of the colour wheel. I know some on the forum will think thats a hanging offence but it can work well..

Charlie
post #179 of 1599
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Hi All,

I thought I'd post a reminder that there is a valid discount coupon in this thread for forum members - the thread is so long it gets lost! We don't really do January sales or anything like that but I appreciate the custom and feedback we get from the forum so its nice to give a little back to both current and future customers from here where we can. Anyway, the coupon code StyleForum10% will (very unimaginatively) give you 10% discount of the contents of your shopping cart from the website (www.equusleather.co.uk). Non EU types will also get the VAT removed once they have created a user account so more or less a 30% discount over the non discounted inc. VAT prices which can't be bad!

For the Bakers fans out there, we've just had a very nice sample of an aniline mid brown, full grain oak bark tanned bridle butt with a lovely grain pattern I think we'll carry - watch this space. Its a lovely colour and will fill a hole in our colour range, not that I need an excuse to buy their leather tbh....

Charlie
post #180 of 1599
Why don't you guys make an 18MM watch strap?
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