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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. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Native,

    Is that addressed to me? I'm afraid I don't understand what your asking if so.

    Sorry,

    Charlie
     
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    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Hi all,

    Another sneak preview for you. This is the solid silver hallmarked Kensington made up on a Bottle Green strap. These will retail around the £170 mark in Sedgwick leather when they are live on the website in a few weeks. As before the photos not as good as the finalised product photos will be as doesn't show off the buckle to its very best, but a quick look for those asking to see it

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    Charlie
     
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    FANTASTIC customer service.
    I have too much leather cleaning/polishing creams as it is. Thanks for the offer though. :)
     
  5. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Another sneak peak at a Sterling Silver West End. This is an polished, loosely assembled buckle ready to be sent for hallmarking. They are proving very difficult to photograph well but the deep, clear lustre that makes Silver so special is clear I hope.

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  6. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Two more photos - this is a black Lined and Raised with a Sterling Silver West End

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    The Lined and Raiseds home page is here

    Charlie
     
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    Dear Charlie, the beltmaker expert,

    Please forgive my delay in reply, but I do not have my own Internet access and thus my participation here is irregular. You are most attentive and I appreciate your inquiry if my question in my previous post was put to you. No, my question was about your evaluation of both belts of the manufacturer in Germany about whom the other poster is informed. I asked him what he thinks of your criticism. If you review the exchange, you see that he took the initiative to point out where this belt manufactuerer some of whose belts are advertised in that German mail order catalogue is located and offered his judgment about the same belts which you kindly viewed and evaluated on my request.

    I dream of purchasing two of your best belts in the lightest brown and green, but since I can only view the website - you don't have a catalogue - my judgment and desire are slow to form.
     
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    Thank you very much - I must say that this Style Forum website has a quite sunny side - such helpful initiative! It seems as if either I can't read the data presented by Manufaktum catalogue or the location given in that description of belts was incorrect. However, you did not respond to my request you consider the criticism submitted by the Equus representative Charlie on this thread.
     
  9. Equus Leather

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    Hi Naive,

    If it helps we are very happy to send leather samples out. If you're looking for the lined and raised belt the samples won't give you an idea of the finished belt, but at least you can see the colours and get an idea of the quality of the leather. PM me your address and we'll send you some out.

    Charlie
     
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    Hello, your belts are great! I do have two questions-what line do you recommend for more formal wear i.e suits, and what color closely matches AE Strand in Walnut?

    Thank you
     
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    Thanks! My recommendation for a suit would be the West End in Black, Dark Havanna or a colour to suit with either a Nickel or Sterling Silver buckle. The 1 1/8" Sterling Silver on a Black strap is very smart and you couldn't go far wrong with it in my opinion. The Lined and Raised is also a contender but may be too chunky, depending on your tastes. Really any of the belts in one of the darker colours would be fine, it very much depends on your tastes.

    Regarding the AEs, its difficult to give an opinion from photos, but Hazel would be the best match I would think. The offer above for colour swatches is open to anyone, more than happy to send you a sample if you'd like to see it in the flesh before you buy - photos are never the same as seeing something first hand!

    Charlie
     
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    My two belts from the limited edition Baker leather run just arrived today. Wow!! The Australia Nut really exceeded my expectations (it was darker than I expected, which is good). The leather is richly colored and substantial, yet supple. The Russet is a little stiffer and is very pale. If I didn't know what went into tanning it, I would think it untreated and rush to leather-care it right away. I am wearing it now, and if it softens and darkens with age, as I anticipate, I will be very happy. The workmanship is superb (though I would have asked to have the edges of the Russet ironed and waxed as on the Australia Nut (though clear waxed), if I had thought about it).

    If you are bothering to read this, you should place an order. Really. Buy one, or two or three. They are likely as good or better than anything you already own.
     
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    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Hi Dopey,

    Really glad you like them, thanks for posting :)

    Charlie
     
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    I received my Baker Russet belt a while back. I have used it a couple of times, and also applied some bridle feed on it. The feed does not darken the belt much but I think the belt should age very nicely with use over time. If I compare my Segwick Australian Nut belt with Baker Russet belt, I'd say that Baker is thicker and a bit stiffer at first (but softening with use). The Baker belt has some natural marks that is quite attractive for its intended use with jeans. Sedgwick is a lot more consistent in colour and lacks the natural markings that is present in Baker's Russet. I like both belts for what they are. Now, if I do not already have a Sedgwick Australian Nut, I would get Baker's version that everyone seems to rave about. Thanks for the great work and service, Charlie.
     
  16. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Thats a really good summation of Bakers v Sedgwick. Sdegwick have a much wider colour range, more consistency between batches and less natural marks on the leather, but the Bakers leather has more character to it , both in the colour but also the leather itself and is much more artisan in its feel. Horses for courses, but the Bakers is definitely one to have for those who love leather for its own sake.

    I'm more than happy to send an off cut of the Bakers Australian Nut to anyone who wants to make sure it isn't a duplicate of the Sedgwick Australian Nut if they already have belts in that. Despite the names they are a quite different colour - the Sedgwicks is brown with a hint of red about it, kind of a milk chocolate colour. The Bakers is an oxblood type colour, a deep reddy/black with variations of colour along the length of a strap, closer to the Sedgwicks Burgundy than anything else.

    Charlie
     
  17. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Just a quick post - we've been snowed under with the Bakers belts recently so I have been around as much as I'd like

    This is a quick photo of a watch strap made to match a (my) British Racing Green Sterling Silver Kensington - made because I wanted it - its nice to make something for its own sake from time to time, but maybe a new product line if enough people were interested. Its the same bridle leather as the belt, effectively 2 v small lined and raised belts and is around 4 mm thick once the edges have been burnished so nice and chunky visually but comfortable.

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    I received the Fillis last week and I have to say that I'm very pleased. The belt is very well made and it looks fantastic. But even better is the costumer service they provided, with an outstanding communication. And the package was amazing, with very nice details.
     
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    Unleash the hounds! As a crazy watch collector with numerous custom straps under my belt (no pun intended :happy:) I am surely interested. I am thinking about several oversize bronze case Anonimo watches I have that would look great with mini "lined and raised" straps. A few things to consider. Will you offer buckles or just straps? You may need to thin your otherwise substantial leathers near the bar for watches with tight spacing between lugs and cases. Expect all the usually questions around customization. I'll PM to see if you are willing to take on a test project...
     
  20. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Hi Kauai,

    I'll send you a PM in a mo, certainly be something we'd be interesting on doing. The buckle on that strap is a stainless steel bridle buckle, which seems appropriate! I've seen some of the Pre-Vs etc, I'm sure we can get and use them if we can find a source. I quite like the idea of a simple sterling silver buckle as well will have to think about how the design would work..

    Charlie
     

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