Equus Leather - Bridle Leather Belts - Official Affiliate Thread

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

  1. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    You cant beat seeing something in the flesh! As you say the Dark Havanna is dark, we describe it as the colour of Bendicks Bittermints, very dark brown but its a interesting colour that reacts to the lighting conditions. Australian Nut and Burgundy are cousins, the Burgundy is really a rich brown and definitely not an Oxblood, nontheless a really nice colour. Its a really good match with some Horween leather. The colours all have a lot of subtlety and character and a lot of them have origins going back hundreds of years, Sedgwicks are doing a good job preserving them, though I do wish we could source an Oxblood!

    Charlie
     
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    Just wanted to share, absolutely outstanding Oxford Tan West End, satin brass buckle, 7 holes spaced 3/4".

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    I do have to mention there is some odd rubbing on the stitching (on what would be the lower right corner in this photo). The thread is wearing down after a few months of wear. That's my only concern thus far, otherwise, I could not imagine a nicer strip of cow hide to hold my trousers up.
     
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    Nice photo, particularly of the satin finish, thank you and glad you like it :) If you like PM a photo of the stitching, if theres a problem we'll sort it out for you. Stitching should maintain its integrity for decades as a rule but when it does wear everything we make is designed to be restitched - we aim to make something that will literally last a lifetime. The restitching will be back through the original holes so 100% as good as new. Its one of the services in the Equus Leather Spa :) Charlie
     
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    While recognizing that this post is useless w/o pics, just wanted to say that I've been wearing my new racing green belt the last couple of days and am really digging it. I've been pairing it with charcoal suits and black shoes - the green is dark enough against the charcoal that it doesn't call attention to itself, providing a nice, subtle accent.
     
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    I think the BRG and Midnight Blue are somewhat underutilised gems. Thats exactly how they are best used - understated but really interesting contrasts that can really give a suit some individuality.

    Charlie
     
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    Lovely belt - for a belt in that condition, I just cannot imagine anything wrong with the stitching...how can it possibly wear? What does it wear against?
     
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    It isn't 100% impossible to get a little wear given particular conditions, but the thread wont wear out for a very, very long time, if ever. In many ways it depends how you define wear. I have the first belt we ever made 20 years ago. Its a bit tatty now and the stitching is a little worn but 100% secure, thats the nature of hand stitching, it mantains its integrity even when nearly completely worn out.

    With the belt above theres a little wear on the last couple of stitches on the lower run, those stitches are a tiny bit frayed on their top surface. The flesh side of the leather has been pushed against them by the trousers belt loop I'd say so a bit of friction and the thread doesnt quite look as good as new in that specific place. Lin Cable is much better for not doing this because of the way its made and this is one of the reasons I like it, it looks better for longer. Theres no threat to the integrity of the stitching but the OP was quite right to ask, we make belts intended to become old friends and as a result they're rightly precious to people and also I think people are used to machine stitching that fails catastrophically if you look at it the wrong way which hand stitching simply won't, in fact can't.

    As an aside and on the subject of maintenance, anything we've ever made is gladly received back to us for a makeover/restitch/whatever it needs - we love seeing how our work has aged and patinated. Details of the Equus Spa here!

    Dawn and I are away this weekend with no internet access so if we dont respond for a couple of days we arent ignoring you!

    Charlie
     
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    What great product support! A protected investment!

    One question - should I condition the underside of the leather too? Gave my belt a Saphir renovator conditioning, but only on the top...
     
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    Thanks :) We love what we make so helping people make them last is only sensible!

    Im not sure I would Ren the underside. Its somthing that really needs brushing off not to be a bit sticky and that'll be harder given the underside oif the belt isnt completely smooth. I dont imagine it will do any harm for a minute, but maybe try a little are first to see how it sinks in. Certainly if you were asking about our leatherfeed Id say do the reverse as well, it can only help to condition the leather top do both the flesh and grain side

    Hope that helps!

    Charlie
     
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    stainless steel is the silver colour, what exactly are the brass and nickel? hard to tell from some of those pictures. brass is more the "gold" colour but some of the pictures make it seem very light, nickel i have no clue
     
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    Nickel is a little yellower than SS, and a little more subdued than either the brass or SS. The photos on the website are pretty accurate - have you looked there?
     
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    Stainless steel is a uniform blue white, is very hard and wont ever tarnish. Because of the hardness the shapes lack the elegance of the brass/nickel If you just want a white buckle that wont require any maintenance ever its a good choice. I think it lacks a certain amount of soul though personally, its a somewhat industrial material though with lots of benefits.

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    Brass is yellow/gold. When polished you can achieve a really good finish and because it casts really well the shape of the buckles tends to be really elegant. This is the traditional buckle metal. It ages well but will tarnish, its easy to polish though.

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    Solid nickel is yellow white, somewehere between brass and stainless. It has a lot of the characteristics of brass but is a little softer, the colour and finish are more pleasing and it tarnishes much more slowly and again can be easily repolished. Its a much much rarer metal than brass, only one company in the world make buckles from it to my knowledge and we are one of their main customers but even so we find them very difficult to source given the difficulty of buying the metal itself. Pretty much all nickel is mined from meteor strikes so wearing part of a meteor is also somewhat cool! The nickel buckles have a stainless steel tounge for longevity so a slightly two tone effect. Personally I only ever wear nickel or precious metals - I love nickel as a metal

    Both brass and particularly nickel when highly polished take some of their colour from their surrounding. Under white light nickel can look like silver but the same buckle can look quite yellow in different lighting, its quite intriguing. Brass does it to a lesser degree

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    The final choice is palladium plated brass. We're slowly working on bringing in more of this as time goes by so we have a white finish option for each buckle. As a company we prefer solid metals, inherently they will age better but in the absence of sterling silver palladium plate is a good solution particularly for formal wear

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    Hope that helps!

    Charlie
     

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