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Equus Leather - Bridle Leather Belts - Official Affiliate Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Equus Leather, Aug 10, 2011.

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  1. Winston S.

    Winston S. Senior member

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    Received my two belts yesterday, but only took some quick and dirties of the Navy as Namor wanted to see that one.

    Disclaimer: Did this this morning so didn't have a proper chance to dust off shoes properly and I did not wipe off the excess "material" from the belt.

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    The blue belt from Equus is not as dark as I expected it to be. As you can see it does not match the Navy on my Timberland boat shoes (Left), but does come close to the navy on my Rancourt Venetians (Right) just as Charlie had thought it would.
     
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    What color is the 2nd belt?
     
  3. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    It must be said this isn't entirely uncontroversial! The Lined and Raised range is lovely - I make each of them my self and they are lovely objects as well as lovely belts (if I do say so myself). They are pretty heavyweight though - even the Mediumweight is 5mm or so in the centre. Thats fine if thats what you want - not everyones cup of tea though. I'm not trying to put anyone off but wouldnt want anyone to buy one thinking they are like a Hermes calf belt - they aren't and thats not what they are designed to be. If you want a lightweight belt our unlined range is 3 1/2mm so might be a better bet and we can always stitch around the edge if you want that look..

    Charlie
     
  4. Winston S.

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    Another quick and dirty.

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    Top to Bottom: Equus West End Hazel in 1.25" and stainless steel, Equus West End Midnight Blue in 1.25" and stainless steel, Tanner Goods Standard in Natural (7 months of wear)
     
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    Nice! Thanks.
     
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    JonSmythe Well-Known Member

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    I just placed an order for the Russet Bakers belt but just realized what a satin finish was... I plan to wear the belt primarily with dark denim so would you think the satin belt would look better than the polished? Anyone with experience on this?
     
  7. SHS

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    Charlie, do you have any plans on making wallets or other accessories?
     
  8. Equus Leather

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    Jon,

    I realise this probably isnt primarily directed at me, but fwiw I think satin with Russet and Denim will work well. Happy to change your order if you like though!

    Charlie
     
  9. Equus Leather

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    No plans for wallets or very small leather goods - we hand stitch literally everything, without exeption, so somthing like a wallet becomes very time consuming and thus expensive because theres so much stitching in a good example. I am slowly planning a flapover, simple unlined traditional briefcase though. The design is in my head rather than a reality and we're busy enough time for completely new stuff is difficult to find, I will get it done eventually though and will post development photos when I have any..

    Charlie
     
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    Sounds interesting, thanks.
     
  11. Winston S.

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    If you look at my photo above, the Tanner Goods belt has a matte finish buckle, although I have the option of swapping it out for a polished stainless steel buckle both work for denim. The polished look will make it look dressier though.
     
  12. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    FWIW our satin finish is a traditional satin kind of look, ie textured but still with the glow of the metal evident and not the really matte shot blasted artificially aged type look. Nothing wrong with that look at all, just posting for the sake of clarity. I'm attaching a photo of one of the watch strap buckles we use that we've satin finished, it probably illustrates the point fairly well.

    Charlie

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  13. Clyde

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    Hey Charlie, I placed my first Equus belt order a few days ago and followed up with an email to Dawn with some requests but haven't got an answer back yet, is there someone else I should be emailing?
     
  14. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Hi Clyde,

    I think she did reply, or at least she asked me your question re stamps so I'm pretty sure she did. Our order managment system emails do sometimes get eaten by spam filters though which is a pain for all concerned and I haven't managed to find a way of preventing.

    To answer your question though - the belts are all made specifically for their owner so we can customise all aspects of it. No makers mark is absolutely fine if you'd prefer there not to be one - we do normally put one on the back side of the belt behind the buckle. We dont put size marks on the belts - they are all made to measure and we keep records of orders so its a bit superfluous as we can just look sizes up of needs be. I don't know if you want the crease marks that run parallel to the edge of the belt or would prefer the belt without?

    Charlie
     
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    Thanks, yes definitely do want the crease marks, just no logos and the such. I thrilled to finally have a belt exactly as I want it, really great service you provide. thanks
     
  16. Equus Leather

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    Hi Clyde,

    My pleasure, nice to make exactly whats wanted and exactly the reason we do make each belt individually.

    Just let me know if I can be any more help,

    Charlie
     
  17. bibs

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    Just got my Bakers Oak Brown belt , it's a bit on the stiff side as compared to the SF exclusive belt I got a while back but I do love the color and craftsmanship.

    I have one question though, i find it more difficult to remove this belt from the buckle as compared to the SF exclusive. I'm not sure if i need to break in the belt first so it becomes a bit softer or is it the choice of buckle ? I got the Nickel West End Satin and the my belt is 1 1/4"
     
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    Hi Charlie,
    Had ordered the Dark Havana with with red backing/medium raised belt, just wondering if it has shipped please?
    Cheers
    Areez
     
  19. Equus Leather

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    Hi Bibs,

    The Bakers Australian Nut and Oak Brown are fairly different from each other and the Oak Brown is definitley stiffer. It tends to be around 1mm thicker for a start, but also the Aus Nut is quite heavily oiled/greased whilst its very early in the tanning process which is why its so flexible and also why the colour lightens when its flexed (for most pieces of it anyway).

    The Oak Brown will definitely break in and soften over time and the holes will change shape ever so slightly as they get used to the shape of the buckle tounge. Your buckle is a good choice and will go well with the leather thickness - its exactly the type of leather its designed for. One way to help if you find it stiff at the moment is when your undoing the buckle push the buckle down the strap a little with your left thumb and index finger at the same time as using your right hand to undo the strap.

    Hope that helps!

    Charlie
     
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    Spent the morning polishing some shoes and ended up giving my Equus-belts the same maintenance.
    Must say I love the belts and use them 6 out of 7 days a week at the least!
    From left to right:
    * Stainless West End Leather Covered Roller, 1 1/2 inch width, bottle green
    * Nickel West End buckle, 1 1/4 inch width, Dark Stain Harness Oak bark tanned
    * Nickel West End buckle, 1 1/4 inch width, Australian nut Oak bark tanned
    * Sterling silver West End buckle, 1 1/4 inch width, black




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