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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. MoldyBiscuit

    MoldyBiscuit Active Member

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    Thanks. The wallet (right) is by tanner goods which, according to the website, uses 'english bridle leather' and the one on the left is custom made by ObbiGoodLabel. I was told the material is 'premium' japanese leather but I was more concerned about the design than the leather at the time tbh.
     
  2. ramadharma

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    These belts look beautiful. Do you know the metal composition of the various different buckles? I have a very bad contact allergy to nickel that is set off by trace amounts. Are the stainless steel and brass hardware nickel free? What about silver?
     
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  3. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    I do to a certain degree but not enough to certify them given you have a problem with nickel. The foundry that makes our buckles uses nickel quite a bit and likely uses the same melting pots and molds for brass and pewter as the nickel so I'm not sure I would risk it. The stainless is probably OK but isnt a certified grade, its just stainless, so again I wouldnt guarantee it though I imagine it will be OK.

    Two possibly helpful suggestions -

    1) If you have a source of your own for buckles that you know are fine we're very happy to make a belt around your buckle

    2) We could have a brass or stainless buckle palladium (or somthing else) plated. Without knowing your history I dont know if that would be sufficient for you but worth a thought as a physical barrier

    Im more than happy to chat by PM or email about your specific needs if that would help

    Charlie
     
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    This question is for Charlie or anyone else with enough experience to answer it. Which Equus leather belt would go best with EG's Bauxite leather?

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  5. cold war painter

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    I'm guessing hazel, or maybe the russet Baker's after it has worn in a bit - but why don't you get him to send you some samples? I received some with my last belt order and it takes the guesswork out of things.
     
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    That's a great idea. I think I'll do just that.
     
  7. justinkapur

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    Yea I would ask for a few samples to verify the leather.

    In all honesty you cant go wrong with any of the belts from Charlie. They are simply fantastic
     
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    He's been a great guy to work with so far. I have a Baker's oak brown belt on order right now, but I'm thinking I'm gonna add at least one more belt.
     
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    I have ordered 3 from Charlie: British Racing Green, Navy, and the Dark Havanna
     
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    I'm sure I'll pick up a navy at some point to go with the navy shell loafers, but at the moment my belt collection is kind of sparse so I'm working on filling the holes. One day I WILL have one of those lined and raised belts. They look exquisite and the amount of handwork that goes into their creation just makes me crave one even more.
     
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    I agree I think the raised and lined belts look amazing. I am also highly considering ordering a watch strap with my next belt purchase as I just got my first Panerai and need an additional strap in the near future to pair up with it!
     
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    Congrats man! So much to purchase and so little funds. I've recently discovered Vanda and between Carmina, Vanda, and Equus, I'm going to be completely broke in no time.
     
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    Dont get me started on Vanda. Best ties ive ever worn.
     
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    I only have one, but I'm fairly certain that's going to change in the very near future.
     
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    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    I think maybe Oxford Tan actually, but the advice re the samples is spot on (thanks CWP!) - PM me your address and we'll get some in the post

    Charlie
     
  16. jamalmbe

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    Hi all - I am very new to SF, but just wanted to share my thanks to the people at Equus leather. I got my belt as a super quick delivery for a very special occasion, and the belt really exceeded my high expectations. A black West end belt with stainless steel buckle, very basic of basics - and I simply love every single detail of it. Wonderful work!

    I will be sure to spread the good word along here in Finland. And I will definately get backfor other types & colors, trying to hold my horses for just a while but let's see. :)
     
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    Odd I/O Senior member

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    What's the difference between these Italian leathers and your regular bridle leathers from Sedgwick/Bakers? I'm just curious why one would choose one over the other?
     
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    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Pleased to help and thank you for the kind words :)
     
  19. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    They are really very different from each other and produce a quite different product. To generalise quite a bit -

    Bridle leather is generally 3 1/2 - 4mm or so thick, vegetable tanned and finished with lots of wax to make a substantial, strong but pretty leather thats designed to be used as a single thickness. It will age very well and last probably for decades if looked after. Its always vegetable tanned. Its one of the nicest and most expensive leathers available.

    Calf leather is nearly invariably chrome or partially chrome tanned. Its normally 1 1/4 - 1 1/2mm and unfinished on the reverse so designed for a multi layer product. It tends to remain static in appearance over time rather than patinating like vegtable tanned leather will. Because the leather is from younger cows it has a tighter grain, less if any scars or marks compared with the bridle leather. You couldnt make a single layer belt from it like you can with bridle but makes a thinner and softer double layered belt than our bridle L&R and can be had in a wider range of colours and grains. The bridle leather L&R is a lovely and unique thing but quite heavy weight for some tastes, the calf gives the opportunity for the same level of craftsmanship, stitched edges and aesthetic but in a lighter weight belt.

    I'll post more photos of the calf developments when I can. We are getting settled in after our workshop move so a certain amount of chaos reigns!

    Hope that helps!

    Charlie
     
  20. Garasaki

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    Hey just a random suggestion:

    How bout an image gallery on your website, of customers wearing their belts with outfits?

    I'm on the fence on a winchester buckle in nickel (stainless? not brass anyway) and I'm just not sure how that buckle looks when worn - even though it clearly looks awesome in pictures by itself.
     

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