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post #601 of 1602
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Originally Posted by Equus Leather View Post

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

Completely understandable.
post #602 of 1602
^ Agreed, I personally don't think that way but I can certainly respect it (and it's nice to see a personal belief being upheld over profit sometimes).

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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.

Let's not follow that thought to its logical conclusion.

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post #603 of 1602
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Just waiting for some really interesting Lin Cable (French Corded Linen) thread to arrive from France. Ive always used and liked Irish Linen made by Barbour but they dont have a terrifically good range of colours. This is by reputation the best in the world and what the likes of Hermes use for their hand stitched bags, so I'm looking forward to seeing it.

The process they use to make is quite unusual - the individual strands are made more or less as normal but then dampened and reassembled in a particular way in to the finished thread which makes a really dense and strong thread thats extremely round and means a lighter thread can be used for the same strength. I suspect Im one of the few people that finds how round a particular thread is interesting but Ive always found its getting the tiny details right that make (or breaks) a finished product. No doubt there will be pictures in due course!

Charlie
post #604 of 1602
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On the subject of stitching - this is a little experiment

The Front



The Back



This isnt any good as a structural stitch but is an interesting variant of back stitch (not saddle stitch that we use for 99% of the time) using three threads and needles that could be used as decoration for something like a Watch strap. The photos dont show it but the back of the work is actually very attractive, the thread forms a 3D rope but would be very susceptible to wear if not hidden away.

Enough thread related geekery for now....

Charlie
post #605 of 1602
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New thread - best French Linen. Rubbish iPhone photo, the thread is actually Ecru, a nice warm unbleached linen colour, if it stitches as nicely as I hope we'll buy in lots more - 30 colours to chose from so no shortage of choice! Linen even in bright colours looks so much nicer than a man made material, as well as working better..

Charlie

post #606 of 1602
Do you guys offer a dress belt in navy? I need a belt that will go with navy shell dress shoes and wool slacks. Thanks
post #607 of 1602
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Originally Posted by Cuttingboard View Post

Do you guys offer a dress belt in navy? I need a belt that will go with navy shell dress shoes and wool slacks. Thanks

It depends on the specifics of what you want but a Navy West End with a Nickel or Stainless Steel buckle would be very smart I would think. I'm sure there are some nice photos of our Navy plus what is likely Navy Shell a bit further up the thread if you want to see the combo first hand, or we can send some samples of the navy leather for direct comparison if you like?

Charlie
post #608 of 1602
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Originally Posted by Cuttingboard View Post

Do you guys offer a dress belt in navy? I need a belt that will go with navy shell dress shoes and wool slacks. Thanks

post #609 of 1602
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Thank you!
post #610 of 1602
Thanks. I saw that belt but was hoping there was something dressier?
post #611 of 1602
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A Lined and Raised in Navy might be nice? They are a good bit heavier in weight though

NB this isnt a great photo...

post #612 of 1602
Looks great, thanks for the quick response.
post #613 of 1602
Any plans for a reversible belt?

Something that goes from black to brown would be nice for travel.

Kai
post #614 of 1602
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Any plans for a reversible belt?

Something that goes from black to brown would be nice for travel.

Kai

Hi Kai,

No plans at the moment, the reason being we handstitch all our work. That makes a reversible belt tricky for a couple of reasons -

1) You cant have different coloured thread on either side of the belt, if you look at a Hermes or similar reversible it'll have brown thread on the brown side and black on the black, machines use a different thread for the top and the bottom of the work (which is why they unravel so easily) whereas we use 1 piece of thread with 2 needles that pass through the leather from either side - much stronger (and what Hermes would use for a bag) but mono coloured. We could get round it with a mutually compatible colour, but that leads on to no 2

2) Handstitching has a really neat and a slightly less neat side, really its a single sided stitch thats designed to be seen mainly from one direction - not great for a double sided belt! Its all but impossible to get both sides of the stitching identically tidy, though it would be a good stitching test to be fair!

I'm attaching a little stitching video so you can see how its done, this is me stitching a Lined and Raised in slow time so its easier to follow

Charlie
post #615 of 1602

^ There's something really calming about that video. I could watch it all day!

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