Now, there is a reason for that. Since I bought my first belts from EL, I've been very impressed by the quality and beauty of these belts. Before this box arrived this week, I had three of their belts. One in Australian Nut, London Tan and Dark Havana. Especially the belt in Australian Nut has been in very heavy use, and must have at least 500-600 wears behind it basically still looking like it was new.
So, to fill some holes in my belt collection, this week's arrivals included a black bridle leather belt, and something I had been anticipating especially, a new color and leather addition to Equus Leather's selection, an Oak Brown oak bark tanned bridle leather belt.
The belts arrived as last time, beautifully gift wrapped and with a handwritten card. These are also things that you rarely see in the modern world, and just add to the great luxurious feeling you get from buying totally handmade quality products.
The Oak Brown belt is extremely beautiful. The color is vivid and already has what looks like beautiful patina. I would think this is due to the long process that comes with oak bark tanning and the leather used. The stitching shows beautifully in this shade of brown, and the stainless steel West End Roller buckle that was suggested to me by Charlie at EL looks fantastic.
Lastly, a bit more of a "catalogue" shot that shows the both buckles, the wonderful handmande stitching and the color of both the leathers. The Oak Brown is in 1 1/4" and the black one in 1 1/8". As with my first EL belts, both of the new belts are quite stiff, which is a feature of a new belt made from this thick bridle leather. As with my first Equus Leather belts, I suspect they will get more flexier after some uses.
Overall, I am very happy with these new products. Equus Leather has always been one of those brands I've often recommended to my friends in need of a new belt that looks good and before anything, lasts. My next belt will be the new Dark Stain Harness oak bark tanned bridle leather that's also been recently added to the leather selection.