This particular style of Quick Release Belt is made using the "mystery braid" technique. Notice that the leather is braided, but it is also one piece. The ends are not cut, and the braid exists in the middle of the leather.
Note- Since this item is made to order, it is also available in any of the other colors that I offer. Contact me for pricing.
The "Firefighter" Quick Release buckle was never actually used to hold up the fireman's pants, but rather, to keep the firehoses wrapped up. The quick release action allowed the firemen to quickly undo the buckle and gain access to the hose, when even a couple extra seconds could mean saving a life.
These buckles are functional, practical, and make a stylish fashion statement, all while telling a story.
The tension of the buckled belt will keep the buckle together, simply press down on the lever, and the buckle will come undone, allowing you to quickly remove the belt.
Handmade to order with full grain leather and raw brass hardware. The buckle and belt keeper are secured with solid brass Chicago Screws, and are removable with a simple flat head screwdriver should you ever have the need. I bevel and burnish the edges before and after the braided segment with water and natural bees wax which give the edges a smoother hand feel.
I leave the belt undyed and untreated. Natural leather possesses the wonderful quality of taking on a personality of it's own, and of it's owner. Over time the leather will darken and form a patina unique to your lifestyle.
To order this belt, please measure one of your old belts using the diagram pictured above. The system that I use is the most accurate method of measurement, and involves measuring from the end of the buckle prong, to the hole that fits you best (this method accounts for any difference in length between your buckle and mine). You can add your measurement in the comments section at the end of your ordering process, or you can shoot me a message thereafter. Allow 2 weeks for completion.
Handmade in Los Angeles by one person.
Customer satisfaction is my highest priority. I will happily work with my customers to help find a resolution to any problem.
I cannot be responsible for incorrect sizing from the customer, so please follow my sizing diagram carefully for dog collars and belts. If there's a sizing error from my side, I will fix or replace the item at my loss.
If a product is damaged in shipment, please take photos and contact me about it as soon as you receive the damaged item.
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