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Introducing: Eastwood Slider Belts
Belt styles and designs haven't changed much in the past few hundred years. Now that's all about to change, and that change has never looked so good...
What You Should Know About Eastwood Slider Belts:
- Unique Design
- Amazing Fit
- Modern Style
- Great Quality
- Great Satisfaction
- Great Pricing Rewards
1. A New, Unique Belt Design: A Belt that Gives Maxim Comfort and Style.
When I set out to design Eastwood Slider Belts, I wanted to create a belt that was different; one that could connect better function with a more modern style. In the spring of 2012 I set a goal to create the most comfortable, custom fitting belt on the planet, and that’s what I did!
2. An Amazing Custom Fit:
With its patent-pending belt buckle design, Eastwood Slider Belts, unlike other belts, have a NO LOOPHOLE, NO CLICK ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM. Instead it has a unique SLIDE-LOCK SYSTEM that allows the belt buckle to freely side up and down and lock down tight on any point of the belt strap, giving you that perfect, custom fit feeling.
As I’ve experienced, along with many other friends, our bodies naturally change with time. That change can be as minimal as changes in ones daily activities, from a larger waist size after dinner to thinner waist after exercise. Our waists will naturally fluctuate and change in size as our bodies gain or lose weight as time goes by. So it’s nice to have a belt that can change with us. Even a slight change can mean the difference for your personal 'comfortable fit point'.
Eastwood Slider Belts Vs. The Traditional Loophole or Click System Belts:
Belts have been around for a long time, but the actual advance in belt designs have been quite minimal. Traditional loophole belts will normally give users 6 to 12 adjustment options; more recent designed click system belts will typically offer around 15-30 adjustment options. Eastwood Slider Belts offer adjustment options as unique as the individual wearing the belt. The belt offers ultimate adjustability. Since there is no set loophole or click grid, any point of the belt strap can be used, giving you endless choices and providing maximum comfort.
3. A Modern Look and Style:
When choosing colors for Eastwood Slider Belts, I wanted to choose colors that had a more modern look and feel. I didn’t want the typical, plain looking silver belt buckle and black belt strap design. So I hand selected colors that I felt would give each belt a strong character and personality, just like the guys that are wearing them. I chose natural looking color tones that I knew would match many different outfit styles, from a casual night out to a more formal business wardrobe. Additionally, Eastwood Slider Belts have no visible loopholes, so it gives the belts a more modern, clean look and style.
4. Only the Best Quality Belts:
From the start, I wanted to create a new kind of belt that didn’t just look good but had a quality that would last for years to come. I’ve personally had a number of belts that I’ve used over the years. With each passing year the leather can change, the loopholes will begin to stretch out, and the leather strap will get more and more scratched and warped. In creating the Eastwood Slider Belt line, it was one of my top priorities to select only the best full grain leathers for the belt straps and belt buckle cover. The belt buckle is made from solid metal and has a light coat of black finish. I feel pleased with the result, and I believe you will be too.
5. Great Satisfaction:
During a two month long testing period, I handed out 20 prototype belts to some of my friends and their friends to get as much feedback as possible. Here's what some of the guys had to say about Eastwood Slider Belts:
“After testing Don’s prototype belt for a week, I decided I wasn’t going to give it back. It’s easy to use and fits perfectly to my waist. I’ve had both friends and strangers complimenting my belt. I like its unique color and belt buckle style. – Simon Krager
“I think what I like the most about the Eastwood Slider Belts is that I can adjust them as needed during the day, whether walking to work, sitting down at a lunch meeting, or doing whatever. I noticed that my waist size tends to change throughout the day so it's great to have a belt that I can adjust for a great fit in seconds.” – Mike Thompson
6. Rewards, Pricing, and Belt Styles:
Once my belts reach market retailers, every Eastwood Slider Belt will retail for $64.99. By supporting this project in its early stages you can take advantage of the great pricing rewards and be one of the very first to own and wear an Eastwood Slider Belt.
Eastwood Slider Belts now come in 5 different styles:
Your support can make a BIG difference!
Put very honestly, I need your support. I realize that every dollar a backer gives to this project can be the making or breaking of this funding campaign. Even by passing on my Kickstarter link to other friends is so helpful. Your support whether a little or a lot, will make a big difference!
Join the Eastwood Slider Belt Founding Member Team with your support of $1 or more! The success of any project on Kickstarter relies on how many people can support and push a particular project to the finish line. Join the Eastwood Belt team and enjoy the journey with regular updates as this month long journey goes on to reach my funding goal.
From a young age I’ve been interested in art and design. While in high school and university I studied graphic design. Three years ago, after graduating from university, I made the decision to go abroad and live in Southern China, near Hong Kong for a year. After visiting China, I saw a new level of men’s fashion, with young men in their early twenties and thirties spending outrageous amounts of money on their clothing, cars, and other fashion symbols that they used to separate themselves from the 1.3 billion other people in the country. Some of these guys became my good friends, so I was able to keep "a designers eye" on how I could improve the designs of popular, name brand fashion accessories they would wear each day. One evening after talking with a few friends about designer belts, I came up with the idea to create a new kind of belt buckle that would look better than traditional belts by having no visible loopholes and be able to lock down anywhere on the belt strap. I sketched out a rough design and gave it to my designer friend, Thomas. He said it was a relatively simple design that could work. So with my ideas and his guidance I went on to create what you now see today.
Risks and challenges
I’m currently working with two factories in Guangzhou, China. I have a good working relationship with both factories and have had success in ensuring they meet my standards for the sample prototype belts they have manufactured for me. That said, recognizing I personally lack adequate experience in the area of manufacturing management, I also have a Chinese friend named Daniel, who has over 10 years of experience working closely with Chinese factory managers and managing factory production, inspection and Quality Control. Both Daniel and myself will be visiting the factories regularly during the production phase to ensure that each belt manufactured will pass quality inspection. I'm a perfectionist. Every product I design, from the initial design to the time it reaches the customer or backer, must meet my standards of quality or else it will be sent back to be manufactured again.
The biggest challenge for me in this project will be the lead-in time for the factories. Once the Kickstarter project has finished (granted successful funding), I will complete my order with the factories and have an estimated lead-in time of 3-4 weeks for production. After production I will send all the belts to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where the belts will be repackaged and sent out to the individual backers. The total time needed for this process will be about six to eight weeks if everything goes as planned. The slowest estimated delivery date for the belts would be 8-9 weeks from the day you pledge support to the day your receive your gift at your door. But rest assured, I will make sure to keep every backer inform of the status of his or her reward in my regular Kickstarter updates. If you have any additional questions you can shoot me an email and ask me directly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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