Why I’m wearing more belts

January 5th 2022

In recent months I’ve been wearing belts more often, after years of hardly doing so at all. I never wore them with tailoring, preferring the clean, elegant look of an unfettered waistband with side adjustors. And I didn’t even wear the...

Why I’m wearing more belts

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It's hard, nothing is quite right, but I usually go with dark brown leather rather than black. Anything that is not black is so obviously different - brown less so. Either solid or braided is fine...

Belts and wallets - StyleJanuary 5th 2022

If you only had five bags: A capsule collection

September 8th 2021

  Five bags might seem like a lot – certainly compared to shirts or ties, as featured previously in this series . But given you’ll need some kind of suitcase, plus a day bag, and probably a backpack for cycling, walking or s...

If you only had five bags: A capsule collection

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You should take a look at Macgregor and Michael leather goods in Tetbury in Gloucestershire who also sell their leathergoods in Bentleys in London alongside their vintage stuff....

BagsSeptember 8th 2021

Introducing: The leather envelope folio

February 25th 2019

Writing about this leather folio feels like a release more than anything else. It is the result of two years of work, back and forth, with the aim to produce a simple but beautiful hand-sewn envelope - in which to carry a phone, wallet, keys, headph...

Introducing: The leather envelope folio

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Bags - Belts and walletsFebruary 25th 2019

How a hand-sewn alligator strap is made

June 16th 2017

This video, just completed by Charlie at Equus Leather, is a wonderfully expressive demonstration of leatherwork. I particularly like the sound detail - that sinewy scrape of knife cutting through alligator skin. Watch the full 10 minutes and then ...

How a hand-sewn alligator strap is made

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I contacted Equus last year and spoke to Charlie, the owner and man in the video. We spoke on the phone and was very nice as we were working on a design for an 18th century Russian reindeer double tour watch strap for my...

Belts and walletsJune 16th 2017

Video: A hand-sewn wallet, from start to finish

June 26th 2016

A lovely video this, showing a lot of the detail of making a hand-sewn alligator wallet - from Charlie Trevor at Equus Leather. It was just released today. The music might be a bit much, but I think we can forgive it that. Related posts Charli...

Video: A hand-sewn wallet, from start to finish

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I just received my Lloyd Billfold with black alligator leather outer and black chèvre inner, black Lin Cable, blind embossing and internal note compartment divider. It took seven months to be made because of the pandemi...

Belts and wallets - VideoJune 26th 2016

Video: Hand-sewing a belt (and a watch strap)

October 27th 2015

The more I write about this industry, the longer it is since I first covered someone. It’s nice, but it always surprises me how fast the time goes. I wrote about Equus Leather back in 2011, and purchased one of their ‘lined an...

Video: Hand-sewing a belt (and a watch strap)

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Sadly,it seems that Equus Leather is no longer with us. Their website is closed....

Belts and wallets - VideoOctober 27th 2015

Leather cycling gloves at Rapha

March 4th 2011

Given my recent trip to Dent’s to see gloves being made there, it was interesting to learn about how the glove making process is adapted to sports gloves – like those made by Rapha for cycling. Unlike a dress glove, sports gloves have to ...

Leather cycling gloves at Rapha

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Keep the Rapha plugs coming! Cheers mate....

Hanks and scarvesMarch 4th 2011

Handmade belts: Equus Leather

February 7th 2011

I’ve been sent photographs of my things being made before, but never a video. This is a step up. In case you can’t tell, it’s a bridle leather belt, being made to measure for me by Charlie Trevor of Equus Leather. Charlie kindly off...

Handmade belts: Equus Leather

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Sure Ian, there are a few so I will cover some...

Belts and walletsFebruary 7th 2011