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post #46 of 1493
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No problem! The joy of bespoke is we can alter any aspect of the belt for you. If you want a chocolate brown edge we can certainly do that for you without a problem. We regularly customise most aspects of the belts, as long as the customisations a customer wants works from a craftsmanship perspective the website is really only a starting point and an indication of what we can do.

Charlie
post #47 of 1493
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I thought I'd post a quick preview of the solid silver West End people have been talking about. Forgive the quality of the picture, its not as good as our product photos normally but gives a flavour...

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post #48 of 1493
^^ that's quite nice. Two quick questions, what the width of the buckle? Also, will it develop a patina or is it coated?
post #49 of 1493
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That buckle is 1 1/4. There will be more widths and more styles as time, it takes such a lot of investment to develop them we're doing it in stages. 1 1/4 West End + 1 1/4 Kensington + 1 1/4 keeper will be the first to be available.

The buckle will be hand polished and finished with Renaissance Wax which is a museum grade wax polish that helps protect the polish. We treat all of the buckles like this, none of them get lacquered. I hate the plastic finish lacquering leaves which ages dreadfully and leaves an ugly chipped looking finish very quickly so we chose this route. If you want the buckle to stay shiny you'll need to treat it every so often, if not it'll to develop its natural patina over time. Its a much more graceful way of ageing in my view.

Charlie
post #50 of 1493
Charlie, I'm anxiously pondering whether you'll be offering brogue belts in the future. Those would be superb: bridle leather, brass and broguing.
post #51 of 1493
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Hi Ville,

Its not something I'm discounting but its not the project at the front of the queue, if you see what I mean. I think we still have work to do with our buckle selection and more leather colours + possibly some calf skin stuff first but the broguing I have seen does look nice and I know would appeal to people. Watch this space!

Charlie
post #52 of 1493
Wow that picture made my decision more difficult. I'm not sure what color buckle goes better with the bottle green.
post #53 of 1493
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Originally Posted by narcissism View Post

Wow that picture made my decision more difficult. I'm not sure what color buckle goes better with the bottle green.

I've always thought nickel in the past, but the silver is lovely and really works with the green. It's quite a subtle look but IMHO rather beautiful.
post #54 of 1493
Wow...I've got to allocate some funds for these belts...great work Charlie, they are all so beautiful!!
post #55 of 1493
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Originally Posted by mlongano View Post

Wow...I've got to allocate some funds for these belts...great work Charlie, they are all so beautiful!!

Thank you, that's kind of you to say

There's a discount code at the top of this thread don't forget smile.gif
post #56 of 1493
As promised. Here are some pics of mine. I have worn it 5 or 6 times.
There is some cracking by the buckle and holes which is upsetting, but I assume is normal for this type of belt.
I am looking to pick up another belt from Eqqus soon. smile.gif
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post #57 of 1493
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Any cracking that penetrates the surface definitely isn't normal, if thats what has happened. The leather will obviously change over time an use, but should stay in good working order for a long time. Its difficult to see from the photos whats going on, if you could PM/email me some more details of the area(s) in question and we can see if theres anything going on that shouldn't be. I have belts here that were made 15 years ago that are entirely structurally sound.

One thing I would say is that leather does need feeding, and more so for those fortunate to live in nicer climates than the one the belt was made in. The Sedgwick Leather Feed we sell will make a big difference to the longevity and feel of the leather particularly in dry climates.

Charlie
post #58 of 1493
^The belt is more than structurally sound. smile.gif
I am sure the belt will outlive me.
post #59 of 1493
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Good, thats what they are supposed to do :-)

If you like we'll put a tub of leather feed in the post for you, might help those marks..
post #60 of 1493
Thanks very much for your attention and effort. Please note that you went to the source of belt manufacture. I looked for Kreis in Offenbach in Internet awhile ago, but couldn't find any such firm. What do you think of ,the criticism expressed by the belt manufacturer here in regard to both belts?
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