4 juin 2021
The word "suede" has been closely tied to the fashion industry from the very beginning since it refers to a particular type of gloves that were imported from Sweden. Originally, suede was mainly used for a wide range of winter clothes; nowadays it is also popular in many other areas ranging from furniture to shoes. Here we will discuss the origins of suede and the leather-making process that we use to produce our new suede belts.
The term "suede leather" refers to a specific leather finish. It consists of two types of leather: calfskin suede and nubuck. The calfskin suede corresponds to the inside surface of the skin, which is why it can also be described as "reverse leather". It has several unique features: in addition to being supple and relatively thick, its surface is more textured than that of the nubuck because the hairs are not as fine.
Nubuck comes from the upper (or outer) surface of a cow's skin. This leather is very soft and generally thinner than suede. It is smooth and supple. These two leathers feature a specially textured surface, because they have been sanded using fine grain sandpaper that preserves the graininess of the leather. However, suede calfskin can also be brushed.
Our suede belts are made from genuine Italian leather that is renowned for its high quality. Our belts have several features. They are first and foremost durable and will retain their shape for years to come, without cracking or peeling. Made according to strict ecological standards, the leather we use is tested beforehand in accordance with our own criteria that includes durability, appearance and − of course − elegance. Offered in modern colours, these suede belts are sure to add natural value and impact to your outfit. Another point not often mentioned: leather is a natural material that develops a beautiful patina over time.
Genuine leather retains its quality. It is resistant to abrasion and is partially waterproof. A suede belt will not peel and flake, it does not accumulate dust and has a pleasant feel. Thanks to its moisture-resistant properties, genuine leather gives off a nice, familiar smell. Despite its hardness and strength, the leather remains flexible and becomes more supple over time. This suede belt will therefore adapt to its owner's lifestyle and way of wearing it. Our five new suede belts feature a split leather surface. This refers to leather in its original state and means it is very resistant and thicker than usual, thus allowing us to create the perfect casual-chic belt.
As mentioned, suede leather is obtained from the skin of an animal. Almost all animal skins can be used to create suede. This term refers to the "skin side" of the hide, but its properties differ depending on the type of animal skin used in the manufacturing process. Older and thicker animal skins make a significant difference when it comes to the end result: the leather will be softer than usual suede. The quality of the material used is therefore paramount; as such, leather manufacturing is a complex process that allows us to solidify this material
As for suede leather, it is usually made from cowhide, which gives it its softness and delicacy. The first step is to remove the hair from the skin, prepare the material for tanning and clean the grain of the leather. Afterwards, the tanning process combines the fibres of the skin, transforming it into durable leather that will not break down. The skins are then treated with a series of different blends consisting of oils, salts and other products that come together to form a strong and sturdy material. The final step is to lighten and/or split skins that are subject to a final round of texturing and colouring.
Suede leather makes it possible for us to make a men's leather belt with all the right features. The specific textures of a nubuck, leather or suede belt allow you to wear them however you see fit. If you like to frequently change your look, you'll also love our reversible full-grain leather or nubuck leather belts that lets you change in seconds.
Some of our customers ask us which occasions are best for all these different leather belts. Our answer: almost any occasion! Suede belts are best worn on more casual occasions and can be paired with, for example, nubuck derby shoes. Leather belts will look better when paired with leather shoes. Suede belts also work with a pair of trainers and a chino for a casual look! However, opt for leather when donning a suit.
There are some basic rules for pairing your shoes with your belt. When wearing black shoes, go with a black belt. When wearing a pair of brown shoes, go with a brown belt; furthermore, a light brown belt will go very well with a pair of cognac-coloured shoes. Go with these belt colours for formal outfits.
If you are going with a casual outfit, put on your best trainers and, before choosing the colour of your belt, look at the outfit as a whole and try to match the overall colours with your belt. Depending on the season and the prevailing colours of the moment, you can opt for some belts more than others. Brown belts go well with burgundy or mustard yellow in autumn. Grey belts work best with cool colours or white during winter. In the summer, you can dare to go with brightly coloured belts to give your look that certain special something! If you would like to find out more, you can check out our blog article on how to match your belt to the rest of your outfit..
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