The Fractal is the newest addition to the Obscure Belts lineup. The angular shape and fractured lines are a departure from your usual sleek-clean-modern look. For a long time I’ve wanted to make a buckle where the front piece punches through to the back, and the back of the buckle wraps around to the front. The Fractal has been over a year in the making, but I’m pretty please with how it’s turned out.
It's important to us that your belt fits you perfectly. Please consult the sizing charts below before selecting the size you want, or visit our website FAQ page for info on how to figure out your belt size. We do offer custom sizes up to US size 46 for most colors, just send us a message and we'll make a note of it. If you need a bigger size or you are not sure what size you need, Cristina and I are happy to help!
GENTS: The general rule of thumb is to add two to your pants size (e.g. if you wear a size 32 in jeans, order a size 34 belt). If you are not sure what your size is, try this: while wearing your pants at their normal level on your waist, use a tape measure to get the length around the waistband. If your measurement falls in the middle of one of the ranges listed, order that belt size.
LADIES: The sizes listed give a range of tightest to loosest that the belt can be worn. If you are not sure what your size is, try this: while wearing your pants/dress/sweater, use a tape measure to get the length around where you want to wear the belt. If your measurement falls in the middle of one of the ranges listed, order that belt size.
Our goal for this campaign is to raise $5000. The funds from this Kickstarter will go towards materials and molds to make the Fractal, but more importantly, we will use them to make improvements to our workshop and our website so we can continue making cool buckles.
We use 9oz full-grain hi-chrome veg-tan leather from double-butt cow hides to make our belts. This is the absolute best quality and cut of leather to make belts with because of its thickness, firmness, and durability. I work with a local seventy-year-old tannery in the heart of Milwaukee to make all my leather. I visit them often to learn about tanning techniques and put a lot of care into developing the color, texture, thickness, and feel of each hide. I hand-cut each leather strap, then size each belt to order.
I currently make belts in standard smooth finishes of black and brown leather, as well as gray and brown ultra distressed finishes of Rough Rider leather. The belt is 1.5" wide, standard width for a casual belt.
I studied sculpture in college and was always into tinkering and making things. One day I needed a belt and decided to make my own using leftover metal from a sculpture. I knew that I didn't want to make an oval or rectangular buckle like most “regular” buckles. Instead, I made a shape somewhere in-between, kind of a spear head. I never liked the look or feel of welding in my sculptures, so I came up with a way of using pins to lock my metal parts together. I used the same technique to make my very first buckle - a long pin slid through a slotted stud to lock the buckle in place (this design eventually turned into the Excalibur buckle).
My designs have come a long way since their early versions. I received a patent on my latch design, have been featured in two major art museum design stores, and exhibited and won awards in some of the best art shows in the United States. Today, Obscure Belts is a company of two - me and my girlfriend Cristina. Together we travel the US selling our cool belts at art, music, and entertainment festivals.
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We reserve the right to issue or deny any requested refunds. If we issue a refund, we will deduct 10% from it because that amount has already been taken from your pledge as fees for the payment processor and Kickstarter.
We want you to be satisfied with your reward. If the belt you receive does not fit, you may exchange it for a different size. For exchanges, you’ll have to send the product back to us at your own expense and then pay for shipping the resized belt back to you. We highly recommend consulting our sizing charts or contacting us with questions before selecting the size for your belt.
All international shipments are subject to duties, taxes and clearing fees which you are responsible for paying. All Kickstarter rewards will be declared ‘gift’, however, most countries will assess duties/taxes and in certain countries, the carrier will pre-pay the duties and taxes and bill you later. If you refuse delivery, your package will be abandoned. Once abandoned, we can’t ship another package to you or issue a refund. We ship internationally to select countries using the United States Postal Service.
Risks and challenges
We have been making our patented belts since 2005 and have a lot of experience with belt making. Cristina & I are very familiar with working to meet deadlines and have our workshop setup to efficiently make each order. Over the years we have worked out most of the kinks in our little belt making operation.
In preparation for this Kickstarter project, we did a small prototype run to ensure the quality and function of the Fractal. Based on that, we made a few tweaks to the design and are ready to run with the finalized buckles. We built in a little extra time in our timeline to fulfill pledges just in case something comes up. We will always keep you informed if things take longer than planned, but we are pretty confident we will meet the deadlines we set.
A challenge we could face is overfunding (what a great problem that would be!). This is our second Kickstarter project, so we have a pretty good idea of what to expect in terms of reception and funding/over-funding. In the event that this project is wildly successful (woohoo!), we will bring on a shop assistant or intern to help with the workload and get all orders out ASAP.
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