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You where working on wallets a few months ago, I was just curious if they will become available to buy in the future?

Hi Salanito,

Yes, they definitely will, they were overtaken by weddings and then the Christmas rush. The Barenia wallet I took the photos of has been my everyday wallet since July and has aged amazingly, I should take some photos really

Charlie
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^ Photos would be most welcome!

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^ Photos would be most welcome!

 

+1

post #949 of 1596
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+1

Will try and take some in the next day or two. Ive also seen a couple of nice card wallet ideas that need to go in the ideas book today!

Charlie
post #950 of 1596
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Will try and take some in the next day or two. Ive also seen a couple of nice card wallet ideas that need to go in the ideas book today!

Charlie

Quick photo as promised. Its really difficult to capture the rich warmth the leather gains as it ages. The background is an off cut of new Barenia for comparison. The card case is a prototype to see how the leather ages, Ive been using it everyday for the last 5 months - its been in my pocket more or less all day everyday.

Now



When it was new



Charlie
post #951 of 1596
Do you guys make products out of shell cordovan? Would be interested in a wallet and belts.
post #952 of 1596
Doesn't cordovan stretch? That would be less than ideal for belts. Also not sure if the pieces are big enough.
post #953 of 1596
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Do you guys make products out of shell cordovan? Would be interested in a wallet and belts.

Charlie's commented on shell previously and for his own reasons chooses not to work with it.
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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

On a different note, I've recently ordered my 4th Equus belt. I noticed some great pictures and comments here about the Scott Oak Bark Harness leather belt. I love the way my Russett Bakers belt is aging and would like another that ages and shows its patina so well. I'd have to say that my burgundy West End sees the most wear. I went with a 1 3/8" width and brushed brass buckle so it works well with business casual and denim/chinos so well.

The AUS nut West End with polished stainless buckle in 1.25" gets the nod for business and business casual wear so it sees a lot of wear as well. I suspect the incoming Scott belt may end up as a favorite for casual wear so I went with 1 3/8" width again.

I think I'm developing a bit of an obsession with Equus!
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Charlie's commented on shell previously and for his own reasons chooses not to work with it.
On a different note, I've recently ordered my 4th Equus belt. I noticed some great pictures and comments here about the Scott Oak Bark Harness leather belt. I love the way my Russett Bakers belt is aging and would like another that ages and shows its patina so well. I'd have to say that my burgundy West End sees the most wear. I went with a 1 3/8" width and brushed brass buckle so it works well with business casual and denim/chinos so well.

The AUS nut West End with polished stainless buckle in 1.25" gets the nod for business and business casual wear so it sees a lot of wear as well. I suspect the incoming Scott belt may end up as a favorite for casual wear so I went with 1 3/8" width again.

I think I'm developing a bit of an obsession with Equus!

 

The Russett is next on my list, largely thanks to some of your photos:

 

http://www.styleforum.net/t/260644/equus-leather-bridle-leather-belts-official-affiliate-thread/615#post_6410392

 

Has it changed much since those were taken?

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The Russett is next on my list, largely thanks to some of your photos:

 

http://www.styleforum.net/t/260644/equus-leather-bridle-leather-belts-official-affiliate-thread/615#post_6410392

 

Has it changed much since those were taken?

 

It's certainly a bit more pliable and worn but the color is only slightly darker. I may give it a coat of Sedgewick leather feed that Charlie recommends as its only seen a single coat of conditioner. I don't think it really "needs" conditioning but it adds to the character and quite frankly is kind of fun. I enjoy playing with my toys :).

post #956 of 1596
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Do you guys make products out of shell cordovan? Would be interested in a wallet and belts.

As Patrick commented, we don't work with shell. Its a nice material, but our business started out making saddlery for horses, it doesn't then seem right for us to make things from horses. Lots of people make lots of nice things though and Im sure you'll find something you like.

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Doesn't cordovan stretch? That would be less than ideal for belts. Also not sure if the pieces are big enough.

Shell is made from a fairly small piece of ligament from the loins of a horse, there isn't enough length to make a belt in one go. It can be spliced though, thats what people tend to do. Some do it well, a lot don't though so look for the splices when your judging a shell belt. Really its best for small leather goods and shoes in my opinion though, not that Im an expert in its material.

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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

Charlie's commented on shell previously and for his own reasons chooses not to work with it.
On a different note, I've recently ordered my 4th Equus belt. I noticed some great pictures and comments here about the Scott Oak Bark Harness leather belt. I love the way my Russett Bakers belt is aging and would like another that ages and shows its patina so well. I'd have to say that my burgundy West End sees the most wear. I went with a 1 3/8" width and brushed brass buckle so it works well with business casual and denim/chinos so well.

The AUS nut West End with polished stainless buckle in 1.25" gets the nod for business and business casual wear so it sees a lot of wear as well. I suspect the incoming Scott belt may end up as a favorite for casual wear so I went with 1 3/8" width again.

I think I'm developing a bit of an obsession with Equus!

Long may the obsession last :-) I love my Scott, I have one for work, it was my only one but my puppy chewed it and though I love it too much to throw it out its too scruffy for anything else. I therefore have a newer matched pair in 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" and I basically never wear anything else unless I'm wearing a suit.

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Originally Posted by patrick_b View Post

It's certainly a bit more pliable and worn but the color is only slightly darker. I may give it a coat of Sedgewick leather feed that Charlie recommends as its only seen a single coat of conditioner. I don't think it really "needs" conditioning but it adds to the character and quite frankly is kind of fun. I enjoy playing with my toys smile.gif .

The Russet doesnt tend to need much conditioning but the greases in the Leathercare help it mature nicely and faster than otherwise it might I think - it goes a similar warm brown to the Barenia above. A lot of tanneries have spent a lot of time and money developing colours that imitate the mid brown colour light coloured leathers go given age and use, none of them are as good as the real thing though, you can't beat patina

Charlie
post #957 of 1596

At some point when I have the money I need to order another belt or two.

 

Overall Ive found my bridle leather belts to be comfortable and durable with my dress clothes. I'm very close to having one in each major color and never needing to buy another belt again!

 

My Scott belt is so comfortable and sturdy that it makes any other belt just feel inadequate. 

 

My only regret is buying my dark havanna belt in 1 1/2". Bigger belts really don't seem to go over well in Europe.

post #958 of 1596
^ The Scott belt is a great concept, executed perfectly.
post #959 of 1596
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Originally Posted by cold war painter View Post

^ The Scott belt is a great concept, executed perfectly.

:-) Thank you

Charlie
post #960 of 1596
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Hi All,

Some quick photos for you. This is a custom 4mm thick 26mm wide flat strap for a Panerai made using 2mm Gold Barenia and hand stitched with Ecru Lin Cable - suits the watch I think.

Sorry we've been a bit quiet on here, we're working on catching up after the Christmas break as well as the new website, I'll put up a preview soon. Its going to let us make a lot of the custom things we do more accessible I hope.

Charlie




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