Bridle leather is vegetable tanned cowhide that has been finished with fats, waxes and tallow. It gets its name from what it was originally created for - a bridle - the straps on a horse's head, to connect to the reins. It is very strong and long lasting, as well as being beautiful and naturally produced. The best bridle leather in the world is made in England by a handful of traditional tanneries.
Bridle leather is impregnated with oils, fats and waxes to make it strong, and keep it supple. The white deposit you sometimes see on bridle leather is tallow, migrating to the surface of the leather. The leather we use is of the highest grade, and the oils, waxes and tallow are hand worked into the leather, to achieve a high degree of penetration. Although we polish all leather items at the final finishing and inspection stage, the whiteness may migrate back to the surface after a period of time. This is quite normal, and is a sign of the high quality of bridle we use demonstrating the degree to which the waxes fats and oils have penetrated into the leather (lesser 'bridle' leathers can have a finish sprayed on at the end of it' process). The leather, if brushed with a soft cloth or a clean brush, will buff back to a beautiful shine. The whiteness is a sign much appreciated by connoisseurs of leather.
Yes - to most leather items, depending, of course on the problem. We are not shoe or garment makers nor uphosterers; so except for simple stitching jobs, we can't really help. We can put new zips (in bike jackets, for example) if you can supply a suitable zip.
Yes. Contact us first, then send us the buckle with details of the belt required. You are responsible for the safe transportation of the buckle (or anything else you send us).
The difficulty is the buckle. Very wide buckles of the quality we use are not easily available. If you have, or can find a buckle you like, then no problem, otherwise it may take a while to locate one. Alternatively we can use a two inch buckle and hole end, and make the rest of the belt wider. The result is easier to wear.
Our standard colours are Black and Australian Nut. We always have these in stock. We usually also keep Newmarket (a light tan) or bright red. Occasionally we have other colours, please ask.
Every skin takes dye in a different way, so colours differ slightly. This is a natural product. Also, monitors display colours differently.
Yes, we welcome trade enquiries, either wholesale for shops or direct to client for online retailers
Plain belts are normally shipped in a couple of days - other belts, dog collars etc in less than a week. Bags, bridlework may take up to 28 days. See Terms for more information
The dye used on the edges of belts/straps is water based and will not permanently stain. On rare occasions (the cause of which is a mystery), some of the dye may leak when very wet. The solution is to use a little furniture polish on thedge, rubbing vigorously to re-seal the edge. Alternatively, return the item for re-sealing.
No. A rivet has a single point of contact while a line of stitches has many, which evens out the strain. Hand stitches are locked together so one failing doesn't affect the rest. Equestrian tack, where strength and reliability are paramount is always stitched - never riveted.
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