Simple Leather Belt - Minimalist - Full Grain Leather
A good leather belt is hard to find, but once you do it will be with you for a very long time indeed. This is a very good leather belt.
Back when I was just an eager and excited Boy Scout earning his leatherworking merit badge, a belt was the first project I took on. It wasn't much to look at but it could hold up a pair of pants. I've learned quite a few things since then and years later it is still one of my favorite projects.
Most of us will have had the experience of a "genuine" leather belt fraying and coming apart into layers. This is because department store belts are often made from many thin layers of leather and glue pressed together. The edges are then treated with heat and painted to give the product a finished look. At least for a while.
Instead, my belts are cut in exactly one piece from the choicest parts of heavy, 1/8th inch thickness Hermann Oak Vegetable Tanned Steer Hide. I cut the belts exclusively from the spine of the hide because this is where the leather is most dense and will stretch and deform the least over time. This helps to fight that horrible U-shape that some belts can take after a little use. The softer and more stretchy belly of the hide is reserved for shaped goods like my catchall trays.
Particular care is given to the edges of these belts. As it is very time consuming and labor intensive process, this is a step even many good and honest craftsmen skip. Four grits of sand paper and a final polish with a house blend of waxes and botanicals take the formerly rough edges of the belt to smooth and glossy shine. This is more than an aesthetic touch however as this means the belt will slide on and off easily when dressing, without catching on your belt loops.
The belts measure 1.5 inches wide. There are 9 holes spaced 3/4" apart.
This belt might have a shorter tongue than you may be accustomed to. Most store bought belts are sold to a range of sizes and need to have more length available for adjustment. As these are made to a single tailored measurement the belt tongue will terminate neatly a few inches past the belt keeper loop.
After placing your order there will be a place to leave a note to me, leave your belt size there so that I can custom fit the belt to your needs.
Your belt size is not the same as your pants waist size. Belts made to this number will be several inches too small. The measurement I need is not necessarily the same as the measurement printed on a previously purchased belt bought elsewhere.
The easiest way to find your belt size is to take a belt you already wear and measure from the tip of the buckle, including the buckle itself, to the hole you use most often.
If you have a seamstress tape measure, measure loosely through your belt loops, taking care to position your pants at the height you would like the belt to sit.
Belts ordered over the size of 42" may have a longer wait time. Depending on what I have on hand I may need to request a longer cut of leather than I usually purchase to accommodate such orders.
As standard the belts are closed with permanent rivets around the displayed buckle in your chosen finish.
If you would like the ability to change buckles please let me know and I can make your belt with either button snaps or screw posts to close. There is an additional cost for these types of closures of $5 for snaps and $10 for screw posts.
Most non-personalized items in my shop can be returned on a no questions asked basis. As these belts are made to a personal measurement I am unable to accept returns on these items.
I accept all methods of payment mediated through Etsy.
This includes all major credit cards, debit/bank cards, PayPal, Etsy gift cards and Etsy credits, Apple Pay, and Android Pay.
Some additional payments methods are also available an a Country by Country basis for international customers.
Shipping from United States
PRODUCTION TIMES -
The process of leatherworking is slow going.
Each step involves the application of water and different oils, soaps, dyes, and conditioners and between each step the leather must be left overnight to dry.
Because of this, even the most simple projects take at least a week to make, most require two.
Unless otherwise noted all non-stitched items have a turnaround time of 14 days, all stitched items of 21 days.
All items are made to order unless otherwise noted in the listing.
I've been working leather for years but sometimes even I make a mistake. Sadly, there is no eraser in leatherwork. Some people believe there is glue involved, but I certainly don't so there is no fixing a cut gone awry either.
If a project is damaged midway though it will need to be restarted. If this will cause your item to be late for a date you have specified or if you have not specified a date you will need the gift I will contact you with an update.
SHIPPING FULFILLMENT -
All domestic (US) shipments are shipped by priority mail 1-3 day.
When your item is shipped you will receive and email with tracking information.
All items are shipped by default without signature confirmation and will be left at your doorstep. If you would like this or another additional service I will set that up for you. There may be an additional charge for these services.
I am willing and able to ship to any country except Italy. Nothing against the Italians, they are just very protective of their leather trade and it is illegal import leather goods there.
Because shipping rates vary considerably from country to country my shipping prices for international orders are quite high. If you purchase an item directly you will receive a refund of the amount of shipping overages after I have calculated the shipping charge. If you contact me in advance of the purchase I can draw up an exact quote for you to avoid this.
Returns & Exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
- Custom or personalized orders
- Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
If you are unsatisfied with a product please contact me directly and we can work to resolve the issue.
Any stock item ordered without personalization can be returned with a few limited exceptions for certain items in certain colors. These are noted in the relevant listings.
Shipping both ways remains the responsibility of the buyer and the refund will be issued once the item has been received.
Custom ordered items, items made to non standard dimensions, and stock items made with personalized details are not eligible for returns.
A NOTE ON COLOR -
True colors are impossible to perfectly convey in an online store, particularly with a hand dyed, natural material like leather.
There is variation when items are dyed, there is variation when the item is lit for photographing, there is variation when the photos are edited. After the photo is uploaded every combination of web browser and computer monitor will display the colors a little differently. Even changing your screen's brightness will alter the perceived colors of items significantly.
I try my best to convey accurate color information but there are simply too many factors out of my control to guarantee that the color of the item you receive will be exactly the color you saw on your computer when purchasing.
A NOTE ON RANGE MARKINGS -
Each hide of leather will come with some imperfections. If you ever see a perfectly smooth hide it either came from a cow raised in a small padded room or it was artificially resurfaced and I do not believe in either of those two practices.
As it lives its life each cow will collect scars, bug bites, brands and all manner of other things. Any imperfection that effects the structural integrity of the leather is cut out but some of these markings may be present on the odd piece. When this occurs effort is always made to place these as unobtrusively as possible and very large scarred or branded areas are never used.
Frequently Asked Questions
Custom and personalized orders
Small adjustments to items such as altering the dimensions of a tray or adding personalization to stock items are alwasy possible. Just send me a message with what you have in mind and we can work out the details.
If you are looking to have a truely ground up custom item made for you I do accept these sorts of jobs but only on a specific set of terms.
I've never made anything right the first time. It just doesn't happen. Usually the first item is usable but is almost never up to my proper standards. The item doesnt just have to be made, it has to be designed, made, tested, redesigned, remade, and repeated as necessary.
This means that custom orders can take a very long time and that these custom items will be proportionally expensive.
I offer a service to help both instruct customers in the proper care unique to this kind of leather and to provide reminders when your leather should be due for a quick cleaning and oiling.
This takes the form of an email mailing list and a link to subscibe is available in the reciept of every item from my shop.
This list is never used for any marketing efforts, new product announcement, promotions, or any other such funny buiness. I've got a different list for that sort of thing
I offer some of my items on a wholesale basis. Please contact me for specific details.