About this project
Affordable belts usually don’t last, and designer belts come with a hefty price tag. Additionally, the higher prices do not necessarily connote quality leather or construction. The Quarter Century Belt is our solution.
Made with the finest, fully tanned, 12 oz. leather, we focused on a design that minimizes potential stress points, reducing the risk of failure that comes with wear and tear.
Finally have a belt to go with those raw selvedge jeans. The QC Belt works perfectly with the raw denim and will last just as long.
The belt’s design emphasizes strength & beauty through simplicity. It has only 3 components: the leather, a center bar buckle, and chicago screws to hold the belt together.
This design allows us at Elliot Havok to both ensure the belt's quality of construction and allocate resources towards the input materials, rather than towards complex construction methods.
The belt is 1.5 inch in width.
By minimizing the amount of stress & failure points on the belt, the end product stands strong. Opting against complex stitching patterns or buckling mechanisms decreases likelihood of damage or malfunctions that comes along with other belts.
The center bar buckle eliminates the need for formed loops or belt keepers, which would have been more likely to break.
Although new technology and buckling mechanisms may pass initial product tests, there is no way to accurately recreate the wear of everyday use. Eckhous has spent years perfecting these time-tested techniques & the Quarter Century Belt is a direct product of such.
Long story short, the project started a little over a year ago when Noah noticed Jon's belt tearing at the loop. Having worked with leather extensively, Noah offered to create a quality belt for him. "Being something you wear every single day, wouldn't you want something that would grow and mold to you?" he wondered. Noah said the belt would last at least like 25 years, and so the idea for this project was born.
The Quarter Century guarantee would only work with a perfected design, minimizing failure points. Noah and Jon collaborated to make this design possible, giving the product durability through simplicity. A belt can't mold and build character if it isn't durable after all.
For the Quarter Century Belt, designer Noah Eckhous and creative director Jon Okagaki wanted to create a piece that would not only withstand the wear and tear of everyday use but would actually grow better with age.
We have selected heavy hides of the finest quality to ensure durability while remaining aesthetically pleasing. As the hides selected and construction methods were chosen with this intention, the Quarter Century Belt is insured for at least 25 years of use. This policy comes from the confidence that we have in our product. The Quarter Century Belt is intended to become a staple in one's wardrobe and is guaranteed to last.
If the belt is defective in any way or breaks during normal use in the next 25 years, we will repair/replace the belt free of charge. This will most likely never happen though.
Our 12 oz. vegetable-tanned leather is finished the old fashioned way, bringing the oils to the surface which creates a rich look like none other. This natural leather is only treated with a blend of organic oils and waxes to give it the perfect touch. The leather will build character to develop a beautiful tone over the years.
If you would like to take a step further in caring for your product, you can use a range of oils that will protect it from the elements. Some of our recommended options for oils are Neatsfoot oil, Mink oil, or, for an inexpensive option, olive oil to keep the leather supple.
We are offering these belts at a wholesale rate. No retail markups. No distribution markups. And we will maintain the highest quality of leather rivaling brands such as Iron Heart ($195), APC ($160), Coach ($128) and Nudies ($90).
As we at Elliot Havok work directly with both designer Noah Eckhous and local production, we are able to eliminate high sunk costs levied by production companies and design firms alike. Cutting these unnecessary entities allows us to allocate our funds towards using the highest quality input materials while maintaining an accessible and affordable price point. As a token of appreciation for early supporters, we are offering the early birds at a discounted rate of (37$). After the initial run, belts will be offered at (45$).
Production is set to begin immediately after the end of the funding period. We at Elliot Havok have considerable experience in managing production & will support Eckhous and Okagaki in ensuring the timely completion and shipment of the belts.
Week 1-2 | Gather information through Kickstarter surveys
Week 3-4 | Organize logistics to start manufacturing
Week 10 | Quality control, checkpoints, & packaging
Week 10-14 | Shipment to Kickstarter backers (depending on order volume)
Designer Noah Eckhous works to preserve traditional craftsmanship and leatherworking techniques through implementation in his design works. As a designer, student, and professional, Eckhous applies the same aspirations towards perfection and minimization of error. Eckhous currently studies Geographic Information Science at University of California, Santa Barbara and works in conjunction with the Montecito Fire Department to improve geographical mapping systems used by the department to plan and respond to emergency situations throughout the Santa Barbara area. Noah is collaborating with Jon Okagaki, also a student at University of California, Santa Barbara, who handles logistics and backer relations, to make this project a reality.
This is where Kickstarter comes in. We need your support to launch this line of belts. We are raising funding for manufacturing, packaging, and logistics for the Quarter Century Belt. Your support for the production of these belts will help to make quality leather goods accesible and affordable. Thank you for taking the time to check out the project.
Hi-Res Gallery : Here
For further information, media, and a gallery, refer to: www.elliothavok.com
Risks and challenges
If the Quarter Century Belt gets funded, we will have to make sure everything goes according to plan to meet the promised deadlines. Projects often have trouble completing production and meeting the expected deadlines for shipment. The project could face possible challenges if the quality of the product or packaging does not meet our requirements. However, I will personally be in charge of assembling and shipping all of the pledge rewards as soon as we reach our goal. We will not be outsourcing the leather post-production work to another company. Our team is experienced and has been preparing for nearly a year to ensure that post-funding will be like clockwork when the time comes. Although we do not see any direct risks and challenges, there are always indirect or unseen tasks that may present itself during the process of leather production. We hope to run everything as streamlined as possible and also ahead of schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We will have a full range of sizes from 24-42. When the project ends, we will send out a survey to gather all the reward and shipment information.
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