by Cristina Carrera July 05, 2021 5 min read
A handmade leather belt is not a luxury item. It is an investment in your wardrobe that will last for years to come. This article will outline some of the many benefits of owning a handmade leather belt and hopefully convince you to stop wasting money on cheap, poorly made belts from big box stores. Here are 5 reasons why you should make the switch to a locally crafted full-grain leather belt.
In the past, belts were just one small part of your outfit. You would put on an all black outfit and then by default wear a belt to match it. Today, fashion is whatever you want it to be and there are no rules around what you should wear. More people are looking for a statement piece that expresses their personal style. They want clothing and accessories that are on-trend for their taste and make them stand out from the crowd. A well-crafted belt can be the perfect accent for a minimalist outfit or an unexpected detail that takes your look from blah to omg!
There's nothing worse than buying something online based on a vague sizing chart, only for it to arrive on your doorstep and not fit. Most store-bought belts only come in standard sizes like small, medium, and large. There is no reason you should settle for an ill-fitting run-of-the-mill belt when you can get a custom-sized artisan belt for a similar cost.
We are happy to make any of our belts in a custom size, just send us your body measurements. We will tailor-make your belt to fit with room to spare so you can continue to wear it if your waist size ever changes. A custom-sized belt will always be the perfect size for you without having to worry about wasting time and money on returns or exchanges. Check out our guide on how to measure for a belt.
Now more than ever, people want to buy goods made by local craftspeople. The environmental, ethical, and financial benefits of buying local are well documented. When you purchase a handcrafted belt from a local craftsperson, you are reinvesting your money in a community and supporting a small business.
Small businesses operate more sustainably by necessity - smaller budgets mean using materials in new, innovative ways to reduce waste. Their focus is on creating a small number of exceptionally good products rather than mass-producing a large number of cheaply made ones. What you buy doesn't have to travel as far to get to you, leaving a smaller carbon footprint.
Another reason to buy small: small-batch artisans can afford to be more creative with their products than big chain retailers. You're more likely to discover a one-of-a-kind statement piece or that perfect distressed leather belt when you shop from a small maker.
Good quality leather products will last for many years. It's the reason why leather is a traditional wedding anniversary gift and archeologists are always digging up intact leather artifacts. The less frequently you have to buy a product, the less raw materials you use, the less strain you put on the earth. It seems counter-intuitive for a business to encourage their customers to buy less but better, but we feel good design is worth it.
A typical department store belt is made with cheap plastic-y materials or low-quality leather byproducts. You can expect it to last less than two years before it starts to break down. This will look like deforming, cracking, splitting, and tearing and is entirely by design. Nothing you do will ever return these inferior products to a wearable state and you will end up having to buy a new belt. If you're after a stylish vintage belt, there are much better options out there.
Handmade belts like ours are made with high-quality leather that can withstand years of use without showing signs of wear. We use one solid thick piece of full-grain leather tanned by a 75-year-old specialty tannery right here in the USA. They use traditional tanning techniques to make vegetable-tanned leather that is durable yet supple enough for everyday wear.
Aside from great quality materials, our revolutionary belt buckle design protects your belt from wear and tear. The stress of daily use is put on a special metal sizing screw, not the belt directly. The leather strap lays flat against your body, eliminating the creasing and wear patterns that traditional belt buckles create. A better belt buckle design means your leather will look great and last longer than other belts.
A quality leather belt is a long-term investment that will last a lifetime if properly cared for. The cost of a handmade belt is significantly less than the price you would pay in a department store because it's made just for you. You can be confident in the quality of the product and know that it will last much longer than anything that is mass-produced.
All our leather belts are handcrafted and take a couple of days to make, but they are worth the wait! Each leather belt has its own individual characteristics that are complemented by our one-of-a-kind belt buckles. Pair them with your favorite denim jeans or dress them up for the office.
Aged Sundial on Grey Distressed Leather Belt
When it comes down to the long-term benefits, there are plenty of reasons why buying handmade belts is worth the investment. Our belts will last longer than anything from a big box store because they have been made with high-quality materials by expert craftspeople who take pride in their work. Plus, there really isn't anything better than knowing that what you buy has real value - not just financially, but also emotionally as well. If you're looking for a great gift idea or want something more personalized, head over to our shop to check out our selection of handcrafted leather belts.
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by Bryan Schultz July 23, 2021 5 min read
by Cristina Carrera July 23, 2021 4 min read
by Bryan Schultz July 22, 2021 5 min read
When you buy a leather belt made in America, you get more than just an accessory to finish off your outfit. You are supporting your local economy and ensuring you are getting a quality product that will last for many years.