Most leather craftsmen make belts. In fact, many leather hobbyists make a belt as their first project. You can buy a belt from a department store, only to be back six months later because it fell apart. Or, you can buy a belt from those of us who still believe in making the real thing and it will last you decades. Like someone said, "I am too poor to buy cheap!"
So, what makes my belts different?
-I use the absolutely finest quality Bridle Leather cowhide. The leather I use costs more, but it is hands down the best quality belt leather I have ever seen.
-I cut the hides myself. Nothing split and glued together. No funny business.
-Most of my colors I dye by hand; each one is slightly unique from the rest.
-I slick the edges of my belts to absolute perfection. You can feel the difference.
-I coat the edges with a durable acrylic product designed for leather edges. It frames the color of the belt nicely and makes the smooth edges much more durable.
-I use only Solid Brass hardware on my belts. (No junk hardware on any product I make.)
-And as always, I guarantee everything I make for life against defects.
BEST: -Measure a belt of similar width that fits you well. (See last picture titled "Measuring Belts")
GOOD: -Select measurement according to pants size.
-I will custom fit your belt to any measurement you need.
-I fit you to the center hole so that you will have 2 holes on either side.
-For smaller waists, I punch the holes closer together. You will definitely appreciate it.
-As a courtesy, I do not charge extra for extra long belts. Believe me, I can make a belt for anyone!
**If you have any doubts or questions, feel free to drop me a note or call!
I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
The Short Policy:
I will not use your information, nor will I sell your information to anyone else, to spam you or abuse you in any way. Period.
The Long Legal Policy:
Information I Collect:
To fulfill your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorized Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information (I do not see your credit card information), and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (i.e for a custom order), if you contact me directly.
Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It:
I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:
-as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfill your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support.
-when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list.
-if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law.
Information Sharing and Disclosure:
Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:
-Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies (i.e. The United States Postal Service). I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
-Business transfers. If I sell or merge my business, I may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.
-Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests. (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies. (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues. (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.
If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:
-Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
-Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
-Object. You can object to (a) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (b) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
-Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.
How to Contact Me:
For purposes of EU data protection law, Homestead Leather LLC is the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may find my current contact information at HomesteadLeather.com
I can stamp your name, initials or whatever you like on most of my products to make it that much more special! If you don't see an option for a monogram on the listing, don't fret. Simply drop me a note and I will be happy to help you out!
I am currently using a 1/2 inch tall letter set with my heat stamping machine. It stamps cleanly, perfectly and beautifully every time. You can see an example in the color swatches photo on any listing in my shop.
**Please note that all sales are final for customized products. (I will of course happily remedy any error on my part.)
See the Gallery section of my website for some examples:
I do quite a bit of custom work. While custom work costs significantly more because of the extra time involved, you can get exactly what you want. I can do something simple such as changing inside pockets for carrying specific items, or I can design something completely new for you. Feel free to contact me to see what may be possible!
*Please note that I cannot accept returns on custom orders. (I will of course happily remedy any error on my part.)
See the Gallery section of my website for some examples of work I have done in the past:
Properly cared for, my products will last a lifetime or three. We have seen leather items from the civil war come in the shop that are still in excellent condition because they were cared for properly!
Over time, leather will dry out and needs to have oil put back into it. As a courtesy, I sell Neatsfoot Oil Compound to care for your purchase; it is the oil I use every day because of its superior quality and I highly recommend it.
You can find Neatsfoot Oil and other products in the LEATHER CARE section of my shop:
**Never use Mink Oil on my bags because it will rot the nylon thread and is NOT covered in my lifetime guarantee against defects.
Water will not damage my products. The finish I use is water resistant, but water may penetrate the leather some. The lining I use is a waterproof rip-stop nylon which will keep out the rain so you need not worry about your electronics and other items getting wet when you get caught out in the rain. Because, lets face it, that happens to all of us!
Water will cause the leather to dry out more quickly, so if your bag gets wet frequently, you should put oil back into it more often. (see Leather Care above)
My goal is to make the absolute best quality products possible; therefore, I guarantee everything I make for life against defects in materials and workmanship. With this in mind, I use only the finest quality leather, heavy nylon thread, rip-stop nylon lining, solid brass and stainless steel hardware available. If something goes wrong and it is my fault, I will happily fix it for free!
How long will it take to ship my order?
Some products I have in stock and ship as soon as I get the order. But, because I offer many colors and customizations, most items I make to order.
Usually it takes me about a week to get orders shipped, but it may take as long as 3 weeks, depending on how many orders I have to make and my craft show schedule:
If you are in a hurry for any reason, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to ensure you get your order on time!