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The Garrison belt was designed with durability foremost in mind. Only the highest grade leather sourced from the United States is used in my belts. Wickett & Craig and Hermann Oak are the only two oak bark tanneries still operating in North America, and produce some of the best vegetable tanned leather available for strap goods. The natural straps are sourced from Hermann Oak in Missouri, and are 4mm thick (9/10oz). The tan and chestnut leather is from Wickett & Craig, a tannery situated in Pennsylvania, and is slightly thicker at roughly 5mm (10/12oz). Every belt is cut to 1 1/2" wide (38mm), the edges are bevelled for comfort and burnished with beeswax for durability. Each stage of production is performed by hand, including punching the oval holes, which is done after an order is placed to ensure a custom fit. The Garrison belt is finished with an antique brass centre bar buckle and matching Chicago screws, which secure the buckle but also allow it to be removed.
Vegetable tanned leather will develop a unique patina over time, absorbing the oils from your hands, the indigo from your jeans, and UV light from the sun. As it wears and ages, vegetable tanned leather develops a sheen in high stress areas, and darkens throughout its lifetime. All of my belts are made from vegetable tanned leather, but the natural option is the leather of choice for the true leather enthusiast. It is leather in its most raw form. It has not been dyed or altered in any way, and how it will look depends entirely on you. By purchasing a natural vegetable tanned leather belt you’re starting a patina project. Note that it can be more susceptible to stains and water marks if left untreated, but every mark in the leather tells a story about the life its owner has lived. Use it hard, give it sun exposure, occasionally give it a light coat of oil or all natural leather conditioner, and over the years it will darken to a deep rich brown.
The tan and chestnut belt options are made from English Bridle leather, a vegetable tanned leather which is drum dyed and hot stuffed with waxes and tallows, providing it with exceptional durability. The English Bridle leather I use is of such strength and quality that it is typically destined for high end equestrian gear, which makes it perfectly suitable for straps and belts. English Bridle has a smooth matte finish with a firm temper, but breaks in easily with some use. It differs from natural vegetable tanned leather because it has been dyed and treated after tanning, giving it its colour, feel, and strength. Although, it must be said that all of the leather I use is of the same and utmost quality. You can learn more about different kinds of leather here.
Please provide a measurement for your new belt in the "Special instructions for seller" box in your cart. You should refer to my belt sizing guide for help with finding the correct measurement. You can also choose which style of tip you would like your belt to be finished with. I finish my belts with an English point as standard, in case you don't have a preference.
If you choose to leave this field blank, you need not worry, I will soon be in touch to help you find your perfect size after you have placed your order. The belt of your choice will be cut to length and holes will be punched to your specifications, making sure that the hole that fits you best is always the middle hole, as every bespoke belt should fit.
I make these individually on a made to order basis. Please allow up to one week of production time before your order is shipped.