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Style Otter Belts | Guaranteed to last at least until 2030

If you want to quit buying belts twice a year, get a Style Otter. 15 Year Guarantee, Full-Grain Leather, Two Buckles, Made in the USA

Style Otter Belts | Guaranteed to last at least until 2030

If you want to quit buying belts twice a year, get a Style Otter. 15 Year Guarantee, Full-Grain Leather, Two Buckles, Made in the USA

$5,008
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
66
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, March 18 2015 5:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated March 18, 2015

About

Style Otter Belts are designed to be the best belts around. Here's how:

1) Full-Grain Leather. This is the durable type of leather that fine shoes that can be passed from one generation to another are made out of. Full-grain leather is vastly superior to so-called "genuine leather"."Genuine leather" is cheap and is NOT durable. That’s probably why your last belt wore to pieces after a few months.

2) Each Style Otter comes with two removable buckles—one golden, the other silver—so you can match them with whatever accessories you want. You can even attach a buckle of your own in under 10 seconds. You can always have the right look wearing a Style Otter.

3) Made in the United States. Some of the best craftsmen on earth live here in America. When we want quality, we know which country to turn to in order to get the best possible product.

4) Timeless Design. If you're buying a belt that will last over a decade, you want to be sure that it'll still be in style in 2030. That’s why Style Otters have a simple yet elegant design, so they never go out of style.

5) 15 year guarantee. We're so confident in the quality of our leather that we're backing it with a 15-year money back guarantee. At any point between now and 2030, all you have to do is send it back. 

Style Otter had its genesis four years ago, when I had a particularly frustrating experience buying belts. I was overseas and wanted two belts—one brown, one black.

I bought the brown belt from a shoemaker. It is made of a single piece of full-grain leather. The outward facing side of the belt feels smooth as silk, and looks classy and elegant. The backside of it feels rough. It even has a few small marks and peels hidden away there—an enduring reminder of the hide it was made out of.

The black belt I bought came from an ultra high-end tailor—I won't mention the name to protect the guilty. When it was new on the rack, it looked perfect—made from two pieces of leather sewn together, with a milky smooth back. 

It was stamped "genuine leather," something that I, at the time, thought was a sign of quality. I was deeply mistaken.

At the end of the day, I blissfully trotted to my room with my new purchases. I thought I had done well. 

It only took a few days for me to realize just how wrong I was. Genuine leather is not what I though it was.

Both belts changed as I wore them. They both bent slightly from being worn around my waist after a life of hanging on a rack. As the full-grain leather belt aged, it gently molded itself to me—only forming fine natural ripples where tension was greatest.

But as the genuine leather belt aged, it began to disintegrate. Deep cracks formed in the leather. Its sides began to fray. After a few months it looked so old and tattered that you would expect to find it in the reject bin of a flea market.

Unlike most belts, Style Otters will look good for years
Unlike most belts, Style Otters will look good for years

The last time I wore that grossly overpriced belt, a friend of mine commented, "you know that it might tear and your pants would just fall down." Getting "pantsed" seemed like the perfect image for what I wanted to avoid.

So you might be wondering why I am not just referring you to belts from that small shoemaker, or why I didn't negotiate a commission for selling their belts for them. Well, the answer is that their belts aren't versatile, they aren't made in the US, and they're expensive.

They come with one belt buckle that doesn't necessarily match other things you're wearing—your clothes, cufflinks, watch, glasses, wedding band etc. As subtle as it seems, the wrong belt buckle will stick out like a sore thumb.

We want Style Otters to be better than all other belts. Here's how Style Otters crush the two belts I bought:

What's the most important factor in the quality of a belt? The Leather. 

Good leather will last, bad leather will wear away.

Depending on where you are, including much of the US and UK, the phrase "genuine leather" can be next to meaningless. Sure, there will be leather in it, but that's hardly the point. 

When I think of something as genuine, I don't think of the heavy coatings and processing. It's like getting cardboard when you were paying for oak.

Full-grain leather is naturally strong, high quality leather that's processed a fraction as much as most things labeled "genuine leather." Style Otters are made from a single piece, so they can't fray where two pieces are sewn together. They are made to look good for years.

Full-grain leather is the reason why we're comfortable putting a 15 year money-back guarantee on these belts. They're made out of leather so good, that they won't disintegrate like cheaper alternatives. Unless you do something really stupid with your Style Otter, we're almost certain it'll make it to 2030 and beyond.

Want a belt to look good on any occasion? Want it to look good no matter what you're wearing? This might seem impossible, but you can customize your look with a Style Otter because of the removable buckles.

Included with every Style Otter are two buckles: one silver, one golden. If you want to change up your style you can use your very own buckle and attach it in less than 10 seconds.  This means that a Style Otter can be used for almost any occasion.

We're here on Kickstarter, pre-selling Style Otter belts in order to raise funds to start operations in earnest. By supporting us here, you'll also breathe life into our brand by letting us deliver to more than just the folks who've worn the first few batches of these awesome belts.

Get pants protection. Proceed with confidence knowing that you'll look sharp and be safe from a pantsing by Pantsy the Pants Otter.

By backing us here on Kickstarter you can buy your very own Style Otter directly from us at wholesale prices. Buy here online, and never have to shop for a belt again. Buy both colors and they'll match almost anything you'll wear.

Here's what some of the people who wore prototypes of the Style Otter had to say:

“With my Style Otter, I proceed with confidence knowing that no otters will pull down my pants, and if they attempt it, their arms will rip off” —Campbell Kinnard, Landed Gentleman, Franklin, Tennessee

"When I put on my Style Otter, I look three times as classy and feel five times as classy compared to when I wear other belts."—Max Rollins, Elite University Student, Edinburgh, Scotland

"An average of 2.2 women say 'nice belt' on days when I wear my Style Otter"—William Green, Journalist, Nashville, Tennessee

"When used correctly, the Style Otter's removable belt buckles allow for you to match your belt, cufflinks and watch. It looks so much better than a clashing belt buckle that it's possible that it could prevent eye damage in people looking at you"—Jan Engelhardt, Education Reformer, Berlin, Germany (medical claims not verified.

Risks and challenges

We had a few batches of belts made, and distributed them by hand. Now we intend on having orders fulfilled on a greater scale. We are confident in our ability to do this in a timely and efficient manner; however, delays are always a possibility when starting out. We will strive to ensure that all orders are fulfilled in as timely a manner as possible.

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    EARLY OTTER SPECIAL! Your very own Style Otter Belt equipped with two buckles! Select your size and whether you want it in Brown or Black.

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    Enterprising Otter. 6 Style Otter Belts. Make your store a bastion of classy. Alternatively, give one to every member of your family.

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