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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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    I think lots of our customers would disagree actually and we certainly have lots and lots of customers in both industries in the UK, US, Singapore and Hong Kong. Its a matter of personal taste though, both in the details (a given buckle style and metal) and the generality of material and construction. If you pick a suitable width and colour of belt (Black or Dark Havana West End, maybe Palladium plated in 1 1/8"? or maybe Stainless Steel in 1 1/4") you have a good formal belt. If you prefer the look of a fully stitched belt maybe the Calf Lined and Raised would be better but either way there are certainly formal choices available. Given this is fashion there isn't a right or wrong answer here, just guidelines, but there are certainly lots of our belts in active service in your sector so I don't think you'll feel out of place. I wore a black Calf Lined and Raised in 1 1/8" with a Palladium West End at my wedding with traditional Morning suit and wear the same belt with pinstripe suit if that helps and whilst I'm generally tweedy casual when I do formal I do old school English formal from Savile Row.

    HTH!

    Charlie
     
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    I certainly didn't mean to lay down some prohibition in my last post! :) As you say, this is fashion, so you can definitely pull off whatever looks good. My post was only about my personal style. Certainly I agree that Equus bridle belts can be customized to be more formal (conservative colors, thinner widths, buckle choice would be the factors to make one more formal) and there's obviously the calfskin option (unquestionably formal). I just think that as a general rule, "dress" belts (what we associate with formal and suits) are made out of calfskin or similar material, partly because it blends in better with dress shoes which are made out of the same, and partly because that's what the social convention directs.

    But that's just the explanation of my logic. I certainly don't think that these belts would be inappropriate for the environment generally, but I think it follows with the rest of the clothes you are wearing, and I personally wouldn't wear a bridle belt with a suit. But again, that's just me.
     
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    I did make the mistake of getting some of the more casual buckles that looked cool but probably had a bit too much personality, but especially with the new buckle it's fine if you just choose the right customisation.
     
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    A black leather belt with a stainless steel buckle is a classic. You will meet people in crappy suits, shoes and especially belts everywhere in the banking/consulting business - nobody cares what leather your belt is made of as long as it is black or dark brown. This is from a guy in the banking business with a black belt with a stainless steel buckle omw.
     
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    I'd read that black leather with silver buckle is actually a bit modern and not as trad as a brass/gold colored buckle. Was surprised myself fwiw.
     
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    Thanks for the input! Much appreciated. And cbfn makes a good point [​IMG]
     
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    Absolutely. I work in consulting and wear an Equus belt everyday. The post about bridle leather being insufficiently dressy is pure bollocks. The colour, buckle, finish, and width choices are far more relevant. A west end with a polished finish that's 1.25" or less in black or dark havanna is a great match with a conservative suit.
     
  8. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Thanks for the comments and recommendations guys, really helpful to have everyone viewpoints.

    Couple of quick photos of Damascus belts leaving us today - still 2 buckles left if you want one!

    Charlie

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    davesmith Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    The detail on those buckles is incredible.
     
  10. Equus Leather

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    I didnt make the buckles so I can't take the credit, but the guy that has is very talented, we're lucky to have had the chance to work with him. Im trying to got more projects together with him. For e.g. I think a Mokum Gane version of this buckle would be pretty special ..

    Charlie
     
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    I know you've said that it's difficult before, but something like this in a silver colour would be great.
     
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    That looks pretty silver to me!
     
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    The damascus? They are steel so the highlights are bright polished white and the low areas are a matt shot blasted steel colour if that makes sense?

    Charlie
     
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    Mmmm ... it looks a bit golden to me. It's not my screen is it?
     
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    Very likely our dodgy photography! The images weren't post processed, just straight of the camera so I suspect reflecting the brown suede in the background.

    Charlie
     
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    I would argue that they absolutely can be worn with suits in a professional setting. A 1-1/4" width in black (for black shoes), one of the dark brown options (Dark Havana, Scott Harness belt, Australian Nut if you have dark brown shoes), medium brown (for medium brown shoes), etc. with a nickel or stainless steel buckle (I'm not a fan of brass buckles personally) would seem perfectly suitable.
     
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    My wedding band is Mokume Gane and I'd be absolutely forced to buy a matching belt. So there's that!
     
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    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Bet thats spectacular! Ive been toying with sourcing Mokum buckles for ages but its such a specialist thing its been a struggle finding someone who can make what we want - fingers crossed we may have succeeded this time but time will tell!

    Charlie
     
  19. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Hi All,

    On the subject of formal belt buckles we've just added the Mayfair to the website. The buckle is a classic angular oblong formal buckle so great for formal wear either with a bridle leather strap or our calf Lined and Raised. Its solid brass but we can have them palladium, rose gold or yellow gold plated for a different finish.

    The Mayfair Bridle Leather Belt

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    Charlie
     
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    ^^^ Wow, love that buckle.

    Ben
     

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