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thanks Charlie, that was very fast. I will measure my belts in order to customize it.
May I ask whats normally the turnaround time for an order until it gets delivered?

PS: brass or stainless steel? smile.gif

It may be the belt you want is in our Ready to Wear selection, in which case the wait is just shipping. Somthing bespoke will have a wait of about a month + shipping, give or take a little.

Brass or stainless is very much personal preference, either is a good choice though!

Charlie
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It may be the belt you want is in our Ready to Wear selection, in which case the wait is just shipping. Somthing bespoke will have a wait of about a month + shipping, give or take a little.

Brass or stainless is very much personal preference, either is a good choice though!

Charlie

I think nickel would be the perfect all around option. Do you still offer nickel and rose gold plated buckles Charlie? Also is it possible to buy only the Aspley buckle? Thanks.
Edited by Riva - 8/30/16 at 9:16am
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We've never done nickel plate, but we do still have the solid nickel. Rose Gold is an option too - not sure if it appears everywhere on the website, but any brass buckle can be rose gold, palladium, ruthenium or yellow gold finished.

Potentially possible to have an Aspley separately for our good customers, as long as we have them to sell, its hard keeping them in stock!

Charlie
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We've never done nickel plate, but we do still have the solid nickel. Rose Gold is an option too - not sure if it appears everywhere on the website, but any brass buckle can be rose gold, palladium, ruthenium or yellow gold finished.

Potentially possible to have an Aspley separately for our good customers, as long as we have them to sell, its hard keeping them in stock!

Charlie

I'm thinking about using the Aspley buckle with the removable screwed straps. It would be much more flexible and economical. In some less formal occassions the Aspley works better than the Stratfield.
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Charlie - Does the Palladium Aspley buckle fit the same width belts as the Damascus buckle?

Do you have examples of belts you've made with the removable Chicago screwed straps?
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I'm thinking about using the Aspley buckle with the removable screwed straps. It would be much more flexible and economical. In some less formal occassions the Aspley works better than the Stratfield.

We do make the replacment straps with screw fittings and it would work with an Aspley. Its not a solution I like I have to say, it seems crude to me compared with stitching, particularily with an elegant buckle, but of course adds flexibility and it can be done

Personally Ive always thought the Strat, particularily in Brass, can be good informally. I wear a flat Ebony Barnil strap in 35mm with Brass Strat and Brown stitching for a lot of my everyday wear and its quiet, not in your face but different enough that its pleasing to wear. In that configuration its a totally different belt than say Oxblood or Black Boxcalf and Palladium in 30mm which is overtly suity. Horses for courses though and the right belt is the one you feel comfortable with in the circumstances
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Charlie - Does the Palladium Aspley buckle fit the same width belts as the Damascus buckle?

Do you have examples of belts you've made with the removable Chicago screwed straps?

Fraid not! The Damascus is 32mm / 1 1/4" and the Aspley is 30 or 35mm. No photos really other than the website, its very rare we make one to go with one of our buckles, theyre nearly always for customers existing buckles. For our L&Rs in particular we're about hand stitching and quality of construction, and Chicago screws are the right solution for that sort of belt, in my opinion at least, so we dont use them

Edited to say - the L&R we do make with an interchangable buckle is the Strat in calf of course, though you can only interchange with other buckles of the same type. They come in Brass, Palladium, Ruthenium, Rose Gold and Yellow Gold so somthing for everyone hopefully! Damascus will eventually be an option too I hope
Edited by Equus Leather - 8/31/16 at 3:03am
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Hmm ok you convinced me. Perhaps a brushed or beadblasted stratfield buckle for an informal occassion?
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Bead blasted is a really interesting idea. Thats how the polished damascus buckles are made, but we havent used it as a technique otherwise, whereas satin we do in house

Charlie
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Charlie

 

First of all a belated congratulations on the little one. Hope things are settling down now.

 

Just a couple of bits of feedback on your site which you may be interested in:

 

1) Lin cable colour chart - on some screens my computer(s) struggle with it, scrolling down only scrolls the page behind the popup and so cannot see the other colours available

 

2) Buckles - may be nice to have a simple shot of each buckle/ name - was browsing the other day and came across a name of buckle for which I struggled to find a picture of. Cant recall off hand which it is but for example on the Special Edition Rusticalf Lined and Raised Belt offers a Mornington buckle but no picture of what this looks like unless you browse away from the product

 

3) Buckle widths - may be nice to add a chart somewhere showing which widths/metals each buckle comes in? Or possibly change your cascading drop downs so you can select width or buckle first and it then filters the other? When ordering my belt the other day I wanted SS but a more middle thickness strap, it was only due to a miss click that I found out that the Brass buckle comes in a mid thickness where as the SS was 31 or 38 only. Changing the cascade would allow the uninitiated to select based on their priorities (ie is width of strap or finish of buckle more important)

 

All the best

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Charlie

First of all a belated congratulations on the little one. Hope things are settling down now.

Just a couple of bits of feedback on your site which you may be interested in:

1) Lin cable colour chart - on some screens my computer(s) struggle with it, scrolling down only scrolls the page behind the popup and so cannot see the other colours available

2) Buckles - may be nice to have a simple shot of each buckle/ name - was browsing the other day and came across a name of buckle for which I struggled to find a picture of. Cant recall off hand which it is but for example on the Special Edition Rusticalf Lined and Raised Belt offers a Mornington buckle but no picture of what this looks like unless you browse away from the product

3) Buckle widths - may be nice to add a chart somewhere showing which widths/metals each buckle comes in? Or possibly change your cascading drop downs so you can select width or buckle first and it then filters the other? When ordering my belt the other day I wanted SS but a more middle thickness strap, it was only due to a miss click that I found out that the Brass buckle comes in a mid thickness where as the SS was 31 or 38 only. Changing the cascade would allow the uninitiated to select based on their priorities (ie is width of strap or finish of buckle more important)

All the best

Thank you for both the congrats and the valuable comments!

The website is starting to get a little tired and really needs a new version

1) This is a known javascript bug, its getting worse as browsers get younger. We also need to add the more recent lin cable colours to this

2) Absoloutly - needs adding to the list of photographs in need of taking. As much as possible there are photos of all the buckle styles available in a product - not always the case for things like the L&Rs

3) A chart should and possibly could be done but would be massively complex. Likewise I dont think the logic of the drop downs of the website allows options to cascade upward, so we always have to arbritarily choose an option that has to be chosen first and cascade options down. There must be a better way of representing the choices available but as yet I havent worked out how to do it or what it is. Maybe we just need to subdivide the products more. Its an even more pressing problem for the watch straps that are even more complex!

We will get there - posts like this are very helpful to clarify what works and what doesn't and are much appreciated. The entire website needs a full overhaul, much of it is conceptually 7 or 8 years old so from the dark ages in terms of product devlopment!

Thanks again,

Charlie
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2) Absoloutly - needs adding to the list of photographs in need of taking. As much as possible there are photos of all the buckle styles available in a product - not always the case for things like the L&Rs

3) A chart should and possibly could be done but would be massively complex. Likewise I dont think the logic of the drop downs of the website allows options to cascade upward

 

It could be for 2) that its another popup with the different buckles - doesnt to me have to be a photo of the matching leather and buckle, though that would always be nice.

 

It is possible to code drop downs so that you can select either first and it drives the options of the other - haven't done coding for a few years but with my chosen approach it'd be simple enough and whilst it pains me to admit it, what can be done by one language is rarely impossible to do with any of the others. :)

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It could be for 2) that its another popup with the different buckles - doesnt to me have to be a photo of the matching leather and buckle, though that would always be nice.

Trouble is the big popups fail periodically like the lin cable one does. We could link to a static page though
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Originally Posted by Astaroth View Post

It is possible to code drop downs so that you can select either first and it drives the options of the other - haven't done coding for a few years but with my chosen approach it'd be simple enough and whilst it pains me to admit it, what can be done by one language is rarely impossible to do with any of the others. smile.gif

As it stands we use a commercial add on on top of magento to run the options. A custom app would be great, but it needs to integrate with stock control for buckles for eg so multiple belts draw from a common stock pool so we dont over sell stuff like the damascus/sterling silver/Parisien stuff. For a very simple business the logic that underlies some of it is slightly mind numbing, there are hundreds of thousands of permutations of the various products, so none of the off the shelf erp type things work for us. Keeping the IT far forward enough to deal with the complexity of the products and the order volume is a permenant project, though one we've always enjoyed.

New website is definielty on the todo list! Any e-commerce types want to trade work for a very fine belt/wallet/watch strap collection indeed??
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While you're at it. I think it'd be cool to add an option for 3 holes 3/4 inch instead of the regular 5 and 7. For that cleaner look 😊
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For a very simple business the logic that underlies some of it is slightly mind numbing, there are hundreds of thousands of permutations of the various products, so none of the off the shelf erp type things work for us. Keeping the IT far forward enough to deal with the complexity of the products and the order volume is a permenant project, though one we've always enjoyed.

New website is definielty on the todo list! Any e-commerce types want to trade work for a very fine belt/wallet/watch strap collection indeed??

 

I can certainly believe that the logic gets complex, whilst I mainly deal with insurance companies these days I did used to do a sideline with SMEs/start ups and some ironically were much more complex than people selling long term insurance policies. That said I've also chaired 3 hour arguments on the mathmatically appropriate number of pricing adjustments to use for A/B pricing testing between a statistician and actuary directors (thats 3 hours of my life I will never get back - the answer was 2 challenger prices)

 

Occasionally get an itch to get back into being hands on rather than just directing others, and certainly could do with a better belt/watch strap/wallet collection, but I would need to bring my front end skills up to date/ invest time (which I struggle to find) in finding an appropriate ecommerce core to build out from

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