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Made to measure and built to last, Oak Bark Tanned Leather and Solid Brass British made buckles, hand stitched with tiger thread.
Made to measure and built to last, Oak Bark Tanned Leather and Solid Brass British made buckles, hand stitched with tiger thread.
43 backers pledged £3,191 to help bring this project to life.

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Introduction

I have been making belts for a few years now and Oak Bark Tanned leather from J & FJ Bakers tannery in Devon is by far my favourite leather, it looks great, it feels great and is a joy to work with. It is still made the traditional way on a site that has had a tannery there since Roman times.

Oak Bark Tanned Leather Belts
Oak Bark Tanned Leather Belts

I make all of my belts by hand, from cutting the straps from the hide to hand stitching the buckles in place.

Tan
Tan

 

Black
Black

 

Brown
Brown

 

Oak Bark Tanned Leather Bracelets
Oak Bark Tanned Leather Bracelets

The Goal

My goal for this campaign is to promote British belts to the Kickstarter community, English bridle leather, British brass buckles and hand made in Britain. (albeit by an Irishman!)

A successful campaign will allow me to not only fulfil all rewards but will allow me to expand my business and introduce new products and designs using premium materials.

The Leather

Oak Bark tanned leather is made by J & FJ Baker tannery in Devon. A tannery has been located here since Roman times.
The leather is 4-5mm thick and is truly a beautiful leather. It takes over a year to make each piece the traditional way. The wait is worth it, it even smells different to other leathers! A belt made from Oak Bark tanned leather will last a lifetime. Each belt is 1.5" wide and you will have a choice of 3 colours, black, brown or tan.

The Leather as it comes to me
The Leather as it comes to me

The Buckles

The buckles are all made of cast brass in a midlands foundry, a classic westend style in 3 options

  • Natural brass
  • Nickel plated brass
  • Natural brass with steel pin

The Process

All belts are made by hand in my workshop in Cardiff, I only use hand tools (and elbow grease).
I cut all straps to 1.5" width, each strap will be cut to the appropriate length for each backer, edges will be bevelled, dressed and burnished by hand resulting in rounded smooth edges.
I hand stitch each buckle in place using Ritza 25 Tiger thread, a very strong woven polyester thread, not British I know but it is the strongest thread I can find. Once assembled I punch the holes as required and then wax, buff and condition the belts.

Getting Ready for strap cutting
Getting Ready for strap cutting

Specifications

  • 3 Leather colours - Black, Brown, Tan
  • 3 Brass buckles - Natural brass, Nickel plated, Brass with steel pin
  • Belt width - 1.5"
  • Leather thickness - 4-5mm
  • Choice of 5 or 7 holes
  • Made to measure, survey will be sent to backers
  • Any waist size up to 50" trouser size

The Timeline

  • Campaign runs until end of February
  • March - Surveys sent and materials ordered
  • Mid March - Kickstarter release funds and materials arrive so production starts
  • March/April - Rewards are made and sent in weekly batches

 

Stretch Goal

As the campaign has reached its goal with 20 days to go, we have a stretch goal - if we can reach £2500 backers can choose the colour of the thread used, Black, Brown, Tan, Green, Blue, Yellow or Red for that unique belt. Please see images below.

Black, Brown, Tan, Green, Blue, Yellow or Red
Black, Brown, Tan, Green, Blue, Yellow or Red

 

Black, Brown, Tan, Green, Blue, Yellow or Red
Black, Brown, Tan, Green, Blue, Yellow or Red

 

Black, Brown, Tan, Green, Blue, Yellow or Red
Black, Brown, Tan, Green, Blue, Yellow or Red

 

Risks and challenges

I am very confident that deadlines will be met if the campaign is a success, I know how long it takes me to make a belt and I have allowed extra production time to be on the safe side.
The only possible delay may be with the materials, however I don't anticipate any delay and if there is I will update the campaign accordingly and let everyone know how the issue will be dealt with.
Please help spread the word and share on your social media networs, thanks.

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    Pledge £15 or more About $20

    Oak Bark Leather Bracelet

    Made from the same Oak Bark tanned leather as the belts, this bracelet is 20mm wide and you have a choice of 3 colours and made to your specified length.

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    Pledge £60 or more About $79

    Oak Bark Leather Belt - Very Early Bird

    One Oak Bark Tanned Bridle Leather Belt Retail price of £90, in your choice of Colour and buckle. Made to measure. Free Shipping Worldwide.

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    Pledge £65 or more About $86

    Oak Bark Leather Belt - Early Bird

    One Oak Bark Tanned Bridle Leather Belt Retail price of £90, in your choice of Colour and buckle. Made to measure. Free Shipping Worldwide.

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    Pledge £70 or more About $92

    Oak Bark Leather Belt

    One Oak Bark Tanned Bridle Leather Belt Retail price of £90, in your choice of Colour and buckle. Made to measure. Free Shipping Worldwide.

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    Pledge £120 or more About $158

    2 Oak Bark Leather Belts

    Two Oak Bark Tanned Bridle Leather Belts Retail price of £180, in your choice of Colours and buckles. Made to measure. Free Shipping Worldwide.

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    Pledge £180 or more About $237

    3 Oak Bark Leather Belts

    Three Oak Bark Tanned Bridle Leather Belts Retail price of £180, in your choice of Colours and buckles. Made to measure. Free Shipping Worldwide.

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    Pledge £180 or more About $237

    3 Oak Bark Leather Belts

    (Created because of Typo in original 3 belt reward)
    Three Oak Bark Tanned Bridle Leather Belts Retail price of £270, in your choice of Colours and buckles. Made to measure. Free Shipping Worldwide.

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Funding period

- (30 days)