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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

Please feel free to use mine as well.

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Welcome to use mine. 

Thanks guys, much appreciated
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Charlie, I've written so before, but your latest examples demand a re-run: you have the most wonderful belts I've seen. The stitching on that military belt on another level entirely. What is lacking, though, is more leather options. Croc and 'gator, kangaroo, grain, suede and so on.

Just an update on this for the forum - I said we'd work expanding our range and we are, but slowly! We're working on bring in some European leathers, both Calf and exotics and some finishes, its proving a little tricky but we're getting there after a lot of research, hopefully at least. I want to source the absolute best, as we do at the moment, which can be quite difficult in a foreign language! Not at the prototype stage yet, but nearly, watch this space!

Charlie
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I know it's been asked before, but how do you recommend caring for the West End (in the Sedgwick leathers)? The belts are incredible, and I want to keep them looking as dressy as possible for as long as possible.

Thanks again for your dedication to this forum (and to your belts)!
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Originally Posted by Equus Leather View Post

Just an update on this for the forum - I said we'd work expanding our range and we are, but slowly! We're working on bring in some European leathers, both Calf and exotics and some finishes, its proving a little tricky but we're getting there after a lot of research, hopefully at least. I want to source the absolute best, as we do at the moment, which can be quite difficult in a foreign language! Not at the prototype stage yet, but nearly, watch this space!

Charlie

Hmmm, interesting. Do you have access to any Cordovan?
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waiting on snuff suede! *and exotics bigstar[1].gif

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Originally Posted by hoit1981 View Post

Hmmm, interesting. Do you have access to any Cordovan?

Indeed, I suspect that Horween cordovan would go down extremely well here. There are often questions on the Alden thread about belts to match shoes in whiskey/ravello/cigar/#8.
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I also heard there were cordovan producers in Italy.
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Originally Posted by malwear View Post

I know it's been asked before, but how do you recommend caring for the West End (in the Sedgwick leathers)? The belts are incredible, and I want to keep them looking as dressy as possible for as long as possible.

Thanks again for your dedication to this forum (and to your belts)!

The Sedgwick leather really benefits from feeding with a grease based leather feed from time to time. We recommend the one Sedgwick themselves have formulated, it really helps the leather age gracefully. We have it here but its available from a number of places that might be more local

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Indeed, I suspect that Horween cordovan would go down extremely well here. There are often questions on the Alden thread about belts to match shoes in whiskey/ravello/cigar/#8.

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I also heard there were cordovan producers in Italy.

I think cordovan would definitely sell, and if we were going to use it we'd buy from Horween - they by reputation make the best I think. Given our business started out making saddlery for horses though Ive always avoided working with shell - doesnt seem right for us to use it, though I havent a problem with anyone else doing so of course.

Got my eye on a couple of nice sources of exotic leathers mentioned to me by a member here and have just found some amazing and very expensive french corded linen thread in some amazing colours. Exciting stuff (to me anyway!)

Charlie
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If I could get an Oxblood colour we'd sell that as well, particularly in the UK where Oxblood is more popular.
It'd be great if you had started to sell Oxblood items too. However, I'd like to mention that I buy some English shoes (Herring, Barker, Loake) and their Burgundy is what you probably call Oxblood as it is redder. Here is the example.
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For anyone trying to get an exact colour I always encourage people to have some samples that we send free anywhere in the world.
Charlie
I didn't know you can send a sample. Glad to hear it. What stuff are the samples made of?
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I went with that shade specifically for its versatility. Per my earlier post, it works with Alden Color 8, AE burgundy shell and just as well with the dark brown calf, cigar shell, etc. It can be used with virtually everything I wear. It is the "One" belt.
I don't think it is a good idea to wear a burgundy belt with a brown shoes even if they look similar as it is no true matching.
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It'd be great if you had started to sell Oxblood items too. However, I'd like to mention that I buy some English shoes (Herring, Barker, Loake) and their Burgundy is what you probably call Oxblood as it is redder. Here is the example.
I didn't know you can send a sample. Glad to hear it. What stuff are the samples made of?

I agree, Oxblood would be great. When we can get the Bakers Australian Nut thats quite Oxblood, but at the moment we cant sadly. When we can get either bridle or calf Oxblood we certainly will. As far as I know there isnt a true oxblood bridle leather made in the UK at all though.

Our samples are just little offcuts of the leathers we use, much better to send the real thing than try to send a card with photos or something similar. For those looking for a watch strap or a Lined and Raised or something we send thread samples as well

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I don't think it is a good idea to wear a burgundy belt with a brown shoes even if they look similar as it is no true matching.

If the burgundy was an oxblood you'd probably be right, but given its a rich brown I have to say I personally don't see a problem with doing it. The match may not be perfect, but your not going to get a truly perfect match unless you have a belt made from literally the same piece of leather your shoes were made from anyway - anything other than that that matches is just a pleasingly complimentary pairing so if you (or Patrick!) as wearer is happy its probably close enough :-)

Charlie
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I think cordovan would definitely sell, and if we were going to use it we'd buy from Horween - they by reputation make the best I think. Given our business started out making saddlery for horses though Ive always avoided working with shell - doesnt seem right for us to use it, though I havent a problem with anyone else doing so of course.


Charlie

I've always wondered about this, since shell only yields one large piece and the horses live a full life before it is harvested. I would have thought it is more humane than the process for cow leather.

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I've always wondered about this, since shell only yields one large piece and the horses live a full life before it is harvested. I would have thought it is more humane than the process for cow leather.

Very likely true, though I think the current economic conditions have changed things somewhat, a lot of horses only have meat value now so they arent protected by their value like the old days. Nevertheless, it isn't the ethics I'm uncomfortable with as such, its that we're horse people and it would feel wrong to use horse leather however it was produced. Irrational Im sure, but there you go! I don't have a problem with anyone else using or owning it, its just not something I want to work with.

Charlie
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Just placed an order for two belts! Really looking forward to them!
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Just placed an order for two belts! Really looking forward to them!


You'll be happy. Mine have held up so well. Very versatile. You'll never be able to buy another normal belt again.

 

And makes complete sense Charlie! Just thinking it through for myself. I've always justified cordovan as being partially more human than its calf counterpart and thereby contributing to part of the premium I am willing to pay.

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