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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. cold war painter

    cold war painter Senior member

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    Good move, you get a much better understanding of the leathers from even a small piece than you can from a picture.
     
  2. Osiris2012

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    For a great leather fragrance pretty hard to go past Tom Ford Tuscan Leather or for a softer note Clive Christian C.

    Charlie, any navy belts being made in the workshop at the moment or have there been any supply issues with the navy?
     
  3. Equus Leather

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    We're actually waiting for a batch of the Midnight Blue/Navy at them moment - shouldn't be long though. If you have an order in the book drop me a PM with your order no and I can give you a more accurate idea of time scales though :)

    On the subject of leather smells I finished the second Metta Catherina watch strap last night. This has to be the big daddy of leather smells, strong hints of smoke and Latikia, really powerful, I love it. I hope theres going to be a little left so I can have one!

    Charlie
     
  4. Equus Leather

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    Just received a couple of really nice photos of Metta Catherina strap #1 in action I thought Id share. Still love the grain pattern and the smell, I hope we have enough I can have one myself!

    #2 is just about to leave us and we're just getting the spec for #3 sorted. Been a tricky one to organise but lovely leather (and customers) to work with :)

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  5. LA Guy

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    I've been wearing my Wakugi for the past week or so, since I got back from vacation. Pretty great belt, and unique buckle. In the future, if you do order more of the Rentetsu, would it be possible to get a buckle made for a 1.25" strap? It would be great to get that belt (I'd order it immediately, even prepay for it) in the smaller size. The 1.5" belts are great with heavy jeans, but I feel that a 1.25" strap, especially with such an interesting buckle, would be a little less aggressive. The black Wakugi belt is subtle, but that size, in the Rentetsu, might be a bit wide for me.

    Cheers,

    Fok.
     
  6. Equus Leather

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    Hi Fok,

    Great, glad you like it!

    I know what you mean re 1 1/4" versions Theres an argument that says they are a feature inherently casual belt so need to be quite chunky, likewise they could be more general purpose as well on a narrower more subtle strap. Ive commissioned the Damascus buckle in 1 1/4" specifically because they are a bit smarter, I'll investigate the Rentetsu in a narrower width as well and see if thats do-able.

    Hopefully the Damascus buckles will be with us shortly as well as one or two more Rentetsu - watch this space!

    Charlie
     
  7. LA Guy

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    I understand what you are saying, but casual belts have been getting narrower for many seasons now, and in 2014, the difference between a casual and a dressier belt is more distinguished by the leather, the finishing style, and the buckle, than by width. Dress belts are still uniformly not wider than 1.25", but casual belts regularly range from under 1" to about 1 5/8". I do like the Damascus buckles, but tbh, I think that I like the Rentetsu more...
     
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    I spec'd two West End belts in 1 3/8" and find they do just about everything well. Scott Harness with brass and a burgundy bridle belt w/brass buckle. The burgundy works with jeans/chinos and even business attire in a pinch. It's been the perfect travel belt with Color 8 LWBs or boots as I can dress the shoes up or down as needed. The Scott belt is a bit more casual, but still works well with business casual and just as well with heavy jeans & boots. 1 3/8" is a great compromise and I keep thinking it would be a perfect size for the Rentetsu buckle.
     
  9. LA Guy

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    I like 1.25" or thinner better, mainly so that they go better with slim clothing, and with more voluminous clothing, the belt would look more "rope" like, which reminds me of the rope belts used in peasant clothing in China and Japan. Probably all of this is of no interest to anyone else, but I'd be super happy if Charlie could commission such a buckle for me!
     
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    Our sales figures bear out the trend towards 1 1/4", thats what we sell the most of by a long long way. There are still the those who like 1 1/2" for general wear though - my own absolutely favourite belt is one of the first Scots made which is 1 1/2". I wear it every day in the workshop, my puppy (now over a year old!) has chewed it a bit and its now 3 holes too big, its an old friend that I won't part with though. If you trawl through our sales figures you can see interesting trends about width preferences amongst different age groups in different countries etc. We don't do it scientifically enough to compile the figures but as with everything in fashion its clear there are different niches. As much as possible we try to have something that'll appeal whatever width your in to. We've just taken delivery of a new design in 1" for e.g. that the narrow belt people will like I hope.

    Id tend to agree about 1 3/8" - its a really interesting hybrid width and maybe the ideal. We really struggle to source buckles in that size though which is a shame. We're trying to commission more and more of our own designs as time goes by so we can hopefully get some more. Likewise 1 1/8" seems to be a really nice formal width - 1" is too narrow (to me) and 1 1/4" is too wide. My own formal belt are all 1 1/8", though when I was younger 1" seemed to be the width everyone had.

    Fok, if you have an image of the type of buckle you have in mind we might be able to do something - depends what it is. I can see why the texture of the Rentetsu is up your street though, its very organic and while I had wood grain in mind rope isn't that different

    Charlie
     
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    You chunkier guys gotta get on that Baker's London tan; if I didn't already have it in 1.3/8 it'd be gone!!
     
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    Frankly, I am an indifferent designer. I do best when I am tweaking something which already exists. The Rentetsu, in the same length, but slimmer, made for a 1.25" or even 1 1/8" buckle, would be great. I like the organic look of the striations in the buckle, and I could see it looking really good against a strap with a lot of red in it. '

    The Rentetsu and the Wakugi both have this great balance between beautiful craftsmanship and natural imperfections that I have found very attractive.
     
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    I think 1.25" for the buckles would work. I could see a lot of guys who spend more time in the SW&D side being interested, and also some if the CM guys who mix it up. I'd just like to see both buckles offered with other leather colors. (Maybe it was always possible to order the buckles with other leathers and I just misunderstood?)
     
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    Hi, Charlie.

    I'm planning to order a West End Bridle Leather Belt to wear with my mid-brown oxford shoes (as shown below) and with navy/black suit. Could you give me some suggestions on the choice of colour, leather width and buckle metal? Many thanks!

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    It's really hard to determine based on internet photos - lighting, camera quality, etc. can all have an effect on the color in the picture vs. the color in real life. From the pictures you have posted and the samples I recently received, I would say that either Sedgwicks Oxford Tan or Sedgwicks Hazel would be the best match to the shoes. However, I would strongly urge you to go ahead and order the sample packs for the Bakers and the Sedgwicks leathers so that you can actually hold the samples up to the shoes to compare (plus, the samples are free and so is shipping). While I was anxious to order from Equus, it was well worth the extra 9 days that it took to receive the samples to my door (in Dallas, TX) because it changed what I ended up ordering versus if I had ordered based on the pictures on the web (and I honestly would have been mad at myself had I ordered without getting the samples and not having my expectations of the color I was ordering match what I actually received). As for width and buckle, that is more of a personal thing in some regards, though if you are going to be wearing it with a suit and/or dress/business casual clothes, I would suggest no wider than 1 1/4 inches. As for buckle, that just depends on whether you are a brass guy or a SS guy. In the orders I just placed, I paid the up charge for the nickel buckles because I think the nickel adds a little something that SS and brass don't have, while still being understated and perfectly reasonable for business wear. Best of luck. P.S. Get the samples! :)
     
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    I'll speak to the makers and see what we can come up with. I can't see any reason we can't have some variation in width.

    I agree entirely about the variation and organic nature of both buckles, thats exactly what attracted me to this buckle range. Just like the Bakers leather you get a sense of the nature of the material and the craftsmanship thats gone into it from its structure and texture, the look and the feel. Its a different look than a lot of our work but I like it very much.



    We can use any of our leathers with any of these buckles. For the Special Editions Ive chosen a leather I feel compliments the nature of the buckle, as much as anything because its a bit overwhelming to have too much choice. Im more than happy for people to pick what they'd like though, just drop me a message as to what you'd like when you order.

    Charlie
     
  18. Equus Leather

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    Hi Jack, Nice shoes! As above its probably worth your while to order some samples so you can see first hand. Id say, again as above (thanks NT!) Hazel or Oxford Tan will be good choices and would represent the lighter and darker areas of the shoes. As to buckle, left to my own devices Id always pick nickel but it really is personal taste and all of our buckle metals and finishes work with all the leathers really. More than anything it'll depend what buckle design you like as that'll dictate what buckle metals that are available. Hope that helps! Charlie
     
  19. LA Guy

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    Let's do it!
     
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    1.25" it is max for me. Can't go above that as the belt loops would be stretched too much.

    I found the nickel buckles to be very versatile but if it's a very formal meeting or an evening event I'd still prefer SS. Brass is too yellow given the current trend for rose gold. Actually if there is a rose gold plated buckle I'd get one in a heart beat as it would match with some of my RG watches.
     

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