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  1. Peachy goes to Yorkshire!

    Peachy goes to Yorkshire!

    Peachy Belts in Yorkshire. Come and see the new winter range of fabulous colours and buckle designs – along with many other lovely stalls selling great presents and personal gifts – tonight and tomorrow.pearlsCamp Hill Fair

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  2. Pearls!

    Pearls!

    Pearls are Popular! Our lovely range of Swarovski buckles have been popular for some years and we have now persuaded Lorenzo, our Italian manufacturer to produce some really pretty pearl buckles for this winter. Made from hard wearing acrylic stones, set into silver and gold housings, we have a simple pearl oval buckle and the bigger pearl waterlily that has more impact for both the 30mm and 40mm belts.

    There is a mix of pearl and Swarovski with the pearl cluster that fits onto the 30mm belts and then the super dressy Royal Pearl buckle which creates a really high impact look. And for those who would like a touch of pearl there is the skinny black cowhide belt with the little pearl buckle – great on the waist of a dress.

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  3. NSPCC Gift Fair at Woburn Abbey

    NSPCC Gift Fair at Woburn Abbey

    We're looking forward to seeing customers at the NSPCC Luxury Gift Fair at Woburn Abbey on Wednesday evening the 3rd October (6-9pm) and on Thursday 4th October (9am - 4pm). The new range of Peachy Belts and accessories are perfect as gifts, or if you need help selecting a new belt or buckle for the party season, we can assist you with colour and style selection!

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  4. Leather - all you ever wanted to know!

    Leather - all you ever wanted to know!

    The Ultimate Guide to Leather

    When were leather belts invented?

    The history of the leather belt dates back to the Roman age, and the accessory was loved by gladiators and emperors. Gladiators would wear decorative leather belts to keep their hands free and also hold their weaponry. In contrast, emperors’ belts tended to be lavish and golden and were used to hold up their robes and togas.

    What are the characteristics of leather?

    As a material, leather is very tough, hard wearing and resistant to tearing. There are just a handful of the many reasons why leather is so popular within the fashion industry. Leather is a very durable material and is resistant to flexing, stretching and puncturing. It is an ideal material to be worn all year round, as leather is very resistant to wind and water, and any changes in temperature that may occur. Leather fibres are known to hold large quantities of water vapour meaning leather is able to absorb perspiration. Leather has good thermostatic properties which means it is warm in the winter and cool in the summer, an ideal material to be worn all year round. Another characteristic of leather is its ability to be moulded and retain a new shape. This is particularly useful when it comes to a leather belt, as a belt can mould to the user.

    Where does real leather come from?

    Real leather comes from the hide of animals such as cows, sheep, pigs. Cowhide is the most popular way to make leather due to it being widely available across the world. Cowhide leather tends to be heavier and is therefore a better choice for clothing such as coats and furniture such as sofas. Sheepskin is often used to make clothing items such as slippers and rugs. Leather made from the hide of pigs often lends itself to creating items such as gloves, shoes and sportswear. Real leather is made from animal skin – usually cow, sheep or goat. To become leather, the animal skins are prepared, tanned and then crusted. Depending on the end product, sometimes leather producers also add an additional layer coating after the leather is ready.

    What’s the difference between fake and real leather?

    There are many differences between fake and real leather, although these differences are sometimes hard to spot for the consumer/customer. The smell of a leather product is a big indicator of whether it is fake leather or real leather. Real leather is known for having a distinct smell that cannot be replicated by fake or synthetic leather. The feel of a product can also determine whether it is real or fake leather. Real leather is generally less smooth and consistent in texture, whereas fake leather can feel smooth and plastic like. The edges of a leather product are also a good indicator, as real leather has a more natural rough edge. Synthetic or fake leather on the other hand often has a smooth, almost perfect edge to it. The pores of leather can also demonstrate whether a product is fake or genuine. Real leather has an inconsistent pattern of pores due to it being a natural product, whereas synthetic or fake leather has a consistent, repeating pattern. The elasticity of leather is also a good indicator. Faux leather stretches wider than genuine leather does, but real leather has better elasticity. Faux or synthetic leather is made from fabric that tends to be treated with dye, wax or polyurethane. Faux or synthetic leather can end up looking a lot like real leather, but it does not have the same quality as the real kind. Genuine leather has a protein from the animal skin that has been put through the tanning process, so the end result is a stable yet flexible material that is suitable for various uses.

    Different kinds of leather:

    Full grain leather

    Industry experts regard full grain leather as the best quality product. It is characterised by its luxurious, smooth surface and is known to have little flaws when used to create various leather products. All these qualities mean that full grain leather is often the most popular type of leather used in the fashion industry. Full grain leather has two product types: aniline and semi-aniline leather.

    Aniline leather

    Aniline leather is the purest form of leather and is not usually coated with any substances. It is soft to the touch and Aniline leather Is produced from the finest selection of animal hide. There are however some disadvantages to using this type of leather to make a product. Aniline leather is known to be excessively elastic and susceptible to stains and marks. Due to being susceptible to stains and marks, a product made from aniline leather must be cleaned immediately after any spills. Another disadvantage is that this type of leather is also vulnerable to scratches which can often occur when a product such as a leather jacket, bag or belt are worn on a daily basis.

    Semi-aniline leather

    Like with aniline leather, semi-aniline leather is also produced from the finest raw animals hides. This leather is usually covered with organic pigment which increases its resistance to wear, resistance to light and resistance to stain. This kind of leather will show less markings compared to airline leather and tends to be more resistant to damage by scratches, liquid, stains or sunlight. A challenge in the production of semi-aniline leather is producing a highly resistant leather product but maintaining the feel of pure aniline leather.

    Corrected grain leather

    Corrected grain leather is produced from a lower selection of hides that are aniline dyed and machine buffed to remove defects from the surface of the leather. After being coated heavily with organic pigments a replacement grain must be embossed on the material to help recreate the natural appearance and look of the leather. Corrected grain leather is considered to be highly resistant to wear, light and stains. There are however some disadvantages to using corrected grain leather. One of the disadvantages is that due to the process required in producing corrected grain leather, this kind of leather is considered to be less breathable and less supple. Corrected grain leather is also prone to cracking over time, so for products such as leather jackets or leather belts, it may not be the best kind of leather to use.

    Embossed leather

    Embossed leather is leather that has been stamped using heat and high pressure. This method then creates an artificial design or pattern on the leather. Embossed leather can be made from alligator, crocodile and ostrich hide. When it comes to tanning embossed leather products, manufacturers tend to use the chrome tanning method. Here at Peachy Belts we use embossed leather from a producer who supplies to Louis Vuitton and many other major fashion brands.

    Pigmented leather

    As the name suggests, pigmented leather has a layer of pigment on the surface of the product. The pigment applied to a leather product is multi-purpose, as the pigment is both protective and decorative. When pigmented leather is created for a decorative purpose, the pigment will give off a somewhat shiny appearance. A huge advantage of pigmented leather is that leather producers consider it more durable compared to aniline and semi-aniline leathers.

    Nubuck

    Nubuck leather is aniline leather which has been lightly worn away on the surface, therefore creating a velvet like finish.

    When was leather first created?

    History dictates that leather making has been practiced for more than 7,00 years. The benefits of using dried animal skins were first recognised in the prehistoric era. Civilisations would use early forms of leather for clothing and shelter. xperts say that fresh animal skins were dried in the sun to get rid of any moisture. Through a trial and error process, many found that the hides could be softened by pounding in animal products such as fat and brains. Salt and smoke was then used to preserve the animal skin and stop it from decomposing. The tanning process as we know it today was very different when leather was first discovered. History says that the art of tanning leather using bark from trees probably originated among the Hebrews.

    Where is the best quality of leather made?

    At Peachy Belts, we use the finest vegetable tanned Italian leathers to make our belts here in England. They are nubuck lined and suited to ensure the belts keep their shape and have minimum stretch. All Peachy Belts products are handmade in England. Italian leather is used for goods such as belts, bags, wallets, shoes, and even car interiors. The fashion industry highly regard Italian leather due to its long lasting strength. Italian leather is generally produced using natural tanning methods, which is why this kind of leather turns out to be resistant, elastic and smooth.

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    Brief steps of how leather is made

    Leather is made from the natural skin or hide of an animal. To make leather, first any hair is removed so that only the skin of the animal remains. When an animal hide is prepared, the skin is removed from the animal and then the flesh must also be removed from the animal. Next, the animal hide should be salted, as salt is used to stop the hide from decomposing. Hides tend to be stored, salted and folded with the flesh sides touching and will remain salted until the hide is ready to be turned into leather. Hides are then soaked to remove any hair from the skin. During this process, the hide gets full of moisture and swells up, meaning it can be sliced into two layers. The outside layer of the animal skin, also known as top grain, is leather. The hide is sliced so that separate parts of the skin can be used to create different leather products. The upper part of the leather is saved for the highest quality leather products, such as full grain leather. The bottom part will be used to create cheaper leather products.

    The tanning process

    Tanning converts the hide into leather by preserving the material and halting decomposition. Hides are loaded into a tanning drum and soaked with a tanning solution. The tanning drum usually contains a mix of either vegetable tanning agents or chromium salt mix.

    Vegetable tanning

    Vegetable tanning uses minimal chemicals and only a small amount of soluble dye is added after the initial vegetable tanning process to create certain colours. Generally, using vegetable tanning agents will produce a leather that is flexible, and this leather usually becomes luggage or furniture. This method of tanning animal hides is one of the oldest used in the leather production industry. Vegetable tanning is used to make high-end products such as saddlery, belts and bags. Leather that is dyed using vegetable tanning tends to look more natural. Hides are then shaved to a particular width and shavings can be used to make accessories such as belts. The process of tanning means raw leather is soaked in large oak vats filled with various vegetable dyes. A second tanning process can help get the leather fully ready for its purpose. Hides are then dried, with air drying or vacuum drying being the most common form used in the leather industry. The tanning process creates a natural feeling leather with a colour which constantly evolves with time and usage.

    Chrome tanning

    The majority of leather produced nowadays is tanned using the chrome process. Chromium salts produce a stretchy leather so is the perfect material for clothing and accessories, such as belts or handbags. Chrome tanning involves soaking the hide in a bath of salts to create a skin that is ready to be finished and coloured. At the end of the tanning process, special fats are added to the leather which will strengthen and soften it. Chrome tanned leathers tend to be softer, and the tanning process is similar to the vegetable tanning. The only difference is that re-tanning and dying are used to create a more consistent feel and colour to the leather. The last stage in the leather making process is finishing where leather will be worked to ensure it has a flexible nature. This tanning process creates a natural feeling leather with a colour which constantly evolves with time and usage. Historically chrome tanning started in the 20th century and quickly became the most widely used process. One of the main advantages of chrome tanning is that the material is simple to dye, water-resistant, elastic and can easily be used to make items of clothing. Another advantage is that chrome tanning takes considerably less time than vegetable tanning.

    Dying

    The leather dying process is what adds colour to a finished leather product. The leather can be dyed with popular colours such as browns and blacks, or even bright, bold colours, like some of our products at Peachy Belts. The process of dying leather can be a very time consuming process. Animal hides are added to a large drum along with the chosen dye colour for a long period of time to ensure that the animal hide absorbs the dye.

    Finishing

    The final stage of the leather production process is finishing the leather. The leather will be worked to ensure that it has the supple, flexible nature that is so desired in the leather industry. The leather is first softened and stretched with natural oils added which will lubricate the fabric. The stretching motion also helps to tighten the structure of the leather and therefore ends up creating a higher quality finish that is more desirable to customers. Finishing spray is then added, and this can change depending on what type of product the spray is being applied to. During large-scale production of leather products, the leather will be hung and moved through the spray line. The leather will then be placed into an oven to be cured.

    See our other post: where does leather come from.

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  5. Zebra print belts

    Zebra print belts

    Zebra print is a big trend for winter 2018 with these great boots at Russell and Bromley which would work really well with one of the 4 different widths of belt we have produced in the zebra – plus the clutch bag which is a great present option. You can wear the simplest outfit and put an animal print belt on it and it will be transformed into something a good deal more fun and interesting – amazing how one simple accessory can make such a big difference!

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  6. Where does real leather come from?

    Where does real leather come from?

    The Ultimate Guide To Leather: Where does real leather come from?

    If you are going to invest in a leather product such as a bag or belt, it may be useful to understand where the production process of the product began. Often high street retailers sell leather jackets which may look genuine but can sometimes be made from fake leather. This section will focus on where real leather comes from, and the main differences to look out for between real and fake leather.

    Where does real leather come from

    Real leather comes from the hide of animals such as cows, sheep, pigs. Cowhide is the most popular way to make leather due to it being widely available across the world. Cowhide leather tends to be heavier and is therefore a better choice for clothing such as coats and furniture such as sofas. Sheepskin is often used to make clothing items such as slippers and rugs. Leather made from the hide of pigs often lends itself to creating items such as gloves, shoes and sportswear. Real leather is made from animal skin – usually cow, sheep or goat. To become leather, the animal skins are prepared, tanned and then crusted. Depending on the end product, sometimes leather producers also add an additional layer coating after the leather is ready.

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    What are the main differences between fake and real leather?

    There are many differences between fake and real leather, although these differences are sometimes hard to spot for the consumer/customer. These are the smell, feel, pores, elasticity, and the look.

    Smell

    The smell of a leather product is a big indicator of whether it is fake leather or real leather. Real leather is known for having a distinct smell that cannot be replicated by fake or synthetic leather.

    Feel

    The feel of a product can also determine whether it is real or fake leather. Real leather is generally less smooth and consistent in texture, whereas fake leather can feel smooth and plastic like. The edges of a leather product are also a good indicator, as real leather has a more natural rough edge. Synthetic or fake leather on the other hand often has a smooth, almost perfect edge to it.

    Pores

    The pores of leather can also demonstrate whether a product is fake or genuine. Real leather has an inconsistent pattern of pores due to it being a natural product, whereas synthetic or fake leather has a consistent, repeating pattern.

    Elasticity

    The elasticity of leather is also a good indicator of whether it is real or fake. Faux leather stretches wider than genuine leather does, but real leather has better elasticity. Faux or synthetic leather is made from fabric that tends to be treated with dye, wax or polyurethane.

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    Look

    Faux or synthetic leather can end up looking a lot like real leather, but it does not have the same quality as the real kind. Genuine leather has a protein from the animal skin that has been put through the tanning process, so the end result is a stable yet flexible material that is suitable for various uses.

    How much should real leather cost?

    Depending on the product, real leather can vary massively in price. All Saints are an upmarket retailer who are popular for their real leather jackets. Real leather jackets on their website range from £300 to £400. All Saints also sell real leather belts, ranging from £40 to £100. At Peachy Belts, we produce leather belts which start at around £50. This is the rough figure most retailers will start selling real leather belts and similar products at.

    See our other post: all you ever wanted to know about leather.

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  7. Burghley Horse Trials 2018

    Burghley Horse Trials 2018

    We have had a record breaking Burghley Horse Trials – a great response to our new range and thank you to all Peachy customers for your support and feedback. Great to see 4 or 5 riders wearing Peachy belts and buckles in the trot up and our eye catching red belts will be worn by the team who are off to the World Equestrian Games in the US next week The new range brochure will be mailed out next week so as long as we have your postal address on our files you will be receiving one. Please click on the image below to be taken to the New Autumn/Winter page.

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  8. Great big summer sale!

    Great big summer sale!

    Preparation for the GREAT BIG SUMMER SALE is underway and it starts this Sunday evening – there is a minimum of 25% off seasonal colours and buckles – and some great deals to be had. It’s the perfect time to buy a buckle for a friend who is building up their Peachy Belt range – in a very cost effective way! We have very limited sizes on some colours and buckle designs. Then it will be full steam ahead for the new autumn range – the fashion magazines are full of new winter colours and styles – whilst we enjoy the first proper British summer for a long time. It seems that we really are on trend this time, the new purple suede and delicious green suede being two key autumn colours. As long as the factory are on schedule we will have most new stock with us for the very end of August….. summer sale image

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  9. Peachy new for winter

    Peachy new for winter

    With the Game Fair behind us it is all systems go here at Peachy to make sure that all of our new leathers have arrived from Italy (Italy shuts for the whole of August so if we don’t get them delivered before they close – its too late!) and the factory can start production of the new winter range which has to be ready for Burghley Horse Trials which starts on the 30th August. In the meantime we will have the seasonal Peachy sale later in August where any remaining seasonal colours and buckles that we will not be continuing with will be reduced – so keep your eyes peeled for news as there is much going on here in August! new products

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  10. The Game Fair at Ragley Hall

    The Game Fair at Ragley Hall

    Our array of sporting buckles come into their own at The Game Fair this weekend – the cartridge buckle which is a top seller, the fox buckle, the Fish Hook buckle and the Paw buckle will be on show on our stand in the Country Living marquee, so madly packing stock, including a few great offers on some seasonal colours for the Game Fair customers. Come and visit us!

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