About this project
Why Kickstarter..? Because we dream about producing these cool belts in great quality for both men and women. We have a Patent, prototypes and a workshop. You can help us to raise capital to start a production and buy the molding forms used for casting the buckles. The more support we get, the sooner more models will be available.
Keep it simple.. No more clumsy belt buckles. The most simple buckle concept ever made. One single piece of metal designed in three timeless basic shapes.
Innovative Concept.. The international patented buckle system opens the doors to a world of new design and customization opportunities. A removable belt buckle system is not a new invention in itself (made by Louis Vuitton and Hermès), but no previous buckles designs are truly flexible in the sense that they can be attached to a belt that is already in use, this makes it truly innovative and allows for endless new design possibilities. The buckle system can also be used to adjust connected straps on both the horizontal and vertical level.
Design with a purpose.. Dahl Design continues the proud Danish design tradition, characterized by simple, innovative and sustainable design. There is currently a high demand for sustainable fashion and products which allows customers to create a unique and personal expression. Dahl Design will meet this need by producing buckles, straps and packaging in clean materials of high quality. Being able to change a broken part results in less waste. The buckle consists of just one single unit, this ensures the lowest possible amount of energy being used in the production process. Apart from strengthening the frame construction, which will make this buckle last forever.
Collect & Connect.. Enjoy the freedom of customization. Change the belt-color or buckle-design to match your personal style and look.
Value for money.. Most belts are made with cheap metals such as zamak, zinc nikkel or chrome and made with bad leather quality that only lasts a few years. We use high quality organic leather and solid metals to give you a durable buckle that you can pass on throughout many generations. The retail price is suggested to start at 699 DKK.
Warranty.. All Buckles are made in solid metals with a 10 year guarantee.
Leather.. We only use full grained tanned leather (3 mm thick and 3,8 cm wide). Color choice: Natural, Brown, Black and dark Red.
Each belt has five holes on the left end for adjustment (20 mm apart) and one hole to on the right end. It is possible to choose the option of having holes throughout the belt to give more adjusting options.
Add 200 DKK for a double front two-color belt. This means that both sides of the belt has a glossy finish. This type of belt is made by clueing two belts together.
- Distinctive designs: No other belts buckle designs look anything like this.
- Customize: Swap your belt color or buckle to match your cloths or jewelry.
- Slim style: The buckles only measure 12,5 mm in thickness, which means that if you cover your belt with a t-shirt, it will be invisible from the sides.
- One hand opener: Open the belt with one hand by placing your thumb between the two leather rims while placing two fingers on the outside of the buckle frame. Now push your thumb away from yourself to open the belt.
- The perfect strap length: Belt straps are often annoying. With this belt you will always have the same short flab length, no matter your size. This is because the end of the leather strap that contains five holes for adjustment can be hidden on the inside to avoid it handing loose.
- Hide the holes: The belt end with five holes is hidden on the inside, meaning that no holes will be visible from the outside. This gives the belt a cleaner look.
- Round tin-packaging: No matter if your belt is on the shelve or in your pocket, the tin packaging is designed to work great for storage. The tin is vacuum-sealed thus retains the lifespan of the leather. The buckle is secured in the center, on a piece of cork from Portugal.
200 DKK / 30 USD - Buckle only, solid steel or bronze.
435 DKK / 65 USD - Belt and Buckle in solid steel or bronze.
799 DKK / 120 USD - 2 Belts and 2 Buckles, solid steel or bronze.
865 DKK / 130 USD - Belt and buckle in solid sterling silver.
1099 DKK / 180 USD - 3 Belts and 3 buckles, solid steel or bronze.
4000 DKK / 585 USD - Add a 0,15 carat brilliant to the buckle.
12.999 DKK / 1950 USD - Belt and buckle in solid 14 carat gold.
19.999 DKK / 2999 USD - Belt and buckle in solid 18 carat gold.
Choose the reward level now and specify your order later. An email will be sent to you when the campaign ends to ask for buckle model, buckle material, leather color and leather size.
We ask for 20 DKK for a single buckle and 40 DKK for each buckle with a belt.
Free shipping for any extra buckles without a belt, if you for instance would like one belt and two different buckles in steel and bronze, just select the reward for one belt and add 200 DKK to the pledge for the extra buckle.
The stainless steel (AISI 304 W 1.4301) comes with a brushed sating finish. The steel is extremely durable and will never rust.
Bronze is a strong and beautiful material and has been used to make buckles for thousand of years. The finish is polished and has a dark golden shine. Over time it will become a beautiful and lasting patina color. Please note, that the stone on the buckle in the photo is not standard.
Silver is one of the natural element and a popular material used for buckles and other jewelry. It comes with a shining polished finish. We only use solid sterling silver (930) stamped with an engraving on the back of each buckle.
Gold has a long history and is considered the very best jewelry one can have. It comes with a beautiful shinning polished finish. We give the options of solid 14 or 18 carat gold 585 / 750 that is stamped and marked on each buckle. This buckle is specially made by goldsmith Frederik Heidenheim Baadstorp.
Brilliant..We can add a brilliant to any buckle made in Bronze, Silver or Gold. The stone is a 0,15 carat brilliant and is known as Top Wesselton TW-SI (US color code is F-G). It can be seen on the picture below. Goldsmith Frederik Heidenheim Baadstorp will be doing the work and he is a specialist in mounting and guarantees that the stone will not drop. To get this pledge you will have to add 4000 DKK to a previous pledge.
Thomas Dahl, 1962, is gifted and highly qualified for creating functional design with a keen eye for detail and material. Superior skills won Thomas ”kunsthåndværkerprisen af 1879” (Danish Crafts prize). Thomas Dahl has made one-offs knifes for the Danish Monarchy as well as for the Danish museum of Decorative art.
Tore Dahl, 1988, studies a Masters degree in e-Business at Copenhagen Business School and is currently on exchange at Télécom Institute in Paris. He has a professional background in service experience and business management from Copenhagen Business Academy and Staffordshire University in Barcelona.
Other.. Please write a comment if you need additional information about the specifics.
Risks and challenges
Making the first real bigger belt and buckle production is something we have been looking forward to. It is going to be a challenge, however we feel very confident because of the good initial meetings we have held with local suppliers in Denmark and due to Thomas many years of experience making high quality product. The modeling forms and casting will be done at a high-tech danish foundry. Thomas will make the polished finish and inspect each piece in our workshop before shipping. We are perfectionists and would rather delay the delivery by a little bit, than send you a product that does not meeting our high standards. With that being said, we expect to deliver in June. No matter what happens, we will always keep you updated throughout the process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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