Home Fashion Japanese alligator belts and leather-based items – Everlasting Type

Japanese alligator belts and leather-based items – Everlasting Type

Japanese alligator belts and leather-based items – Everlasting Type


Lately I have been sporting extra belts with tailoring, as I’ve worn different equipment reminiscent of ties and handkerchiefs much less. 

That is meant me upping my belt recreation, with a few commissions from Tightly Stitched, some nice belts from Rubato, and a few classic finds (like the weird model right here). 

I would additionally admired Ethan Newton’s slim alligator belts, which he normally wears with classic silver engine-turned buckles. You may see me sporting one within the picture beneath. 

These are made for Bryceland’s by the maker Ludens (beneath) – a sole operator who works from house close to Kobe in Japan, and in addition makes small leather-based items for the shoemaker Spigola, additionally in Kobe. 

Once we have been in Japan earlier this 12 months I had the chance to satisfy Fujii, the person behind Ludens, and study somewhat bit about his background in addition to fee a few belts. 

He skilled with a bagmaker, beginning 11 years in the past, and moved to work with Koji at Spigola 4 years in the past. However he at all times wished to do his personal factor, primarily centered on American-style merchandise, made to a advantageous Japanese customary. 

“There are many leather-based employees in Japan, as you’d anticipate,” he says. “However there is not actually something you could possibly name a Japanese custom. They differ so much in model – if there’s one factor in frequent it is most likely a sure finesse, a precision.”

A type of kinds can be very polished French-type leather-based items, like a few of these made by Ortus. One other can be the robust, biker-associated wallets made by the likes of Tenjin Works. After which there are those who make extra within the English model, just like the well-known Fugee.

The purpose with Ludens is to do one thing somewhat totally different once more, with dressier American items reminiscent of these slim alligator belts. 

“It’s totally early days for me,” says Fujii, “however we have developed a couple of totally different belt kinds and these deerskin pouches that work effectively.”

Beneath is the deerskin pouch in tan, and decrease down in black. I additionally confirmed one thing comparable lately on PS (really the bag my belts from Fujii got here in). 

“For the second I am simply making these items for Bryceland’s and promoting by them, however in some unspecified time in the future I would prefer to have extra of my very own model and promote direct to clients,” says Fujii. 

In fact, as with most of the manufacturers Bryceland’s sells and helps, it is Ethan’s style you are shopping for into as a lot as Fujii’s talent. I would like these vintage-silver buckles if it wasn’t for Ethan, but it surely expanded the methods I believed I might weave them into my very own model. (That is Ethan beneath, photographing Fujii – with shoemaker Seiji McCarthy within the background.)

The belts I purchased have been very comparable consequently. The identical black and darkish brown alligator, made for a silver buckle I would picked up on eBay. (There aren’t many good ones round – Fujii mentioned he’d been wanting on the identical one.) 

Bryceland’s tries to purchase up these buckles itself, and sources from non-public sellers, in an effort to have some within the Tokyo and Hong Kong outlets should of the time. However there have not been any for some time. 

I can perceive why some readers, by the best way, would not like having another person’s initials on their buckle. However I do not thoughts it. It seems like a bit of an exquisite object’s historical past, just like the initials you get on classic baggage and different classic silver.

The belts Fujii made for me are lovely. Minimize from the center of the stomach (the massive sq. scales are unmistakable) and naturally made in a single piece. 

The stitching is by machine however advantageous and exact, and the interlining is thinner than most on this ‘lined and raised’ model of belt. That is the obvious distinction from one thing like my alligator from Rubato, for example.

Fujii additionally took an previous tan-coloured pores and skin I had (beneath, from a belt that was a gift from Zilli, a few years in the past) and turned it into the same belt, each slimming it down and including a couple of inches of tan suede to make it the correct size. That was expertly and tastefully completed, with out asking me for enter. 

In fact, the good factor in regards to the silver buckle is that it may be swapped between belts, with every belt made with an finish that folds over and snaps, to allow launch and attachment of any same-width buckle. 

I haven’t got any photos of my belts but, however they’re nearly the identical as proven right here and I am positive they’re going to come up in future articles. This piece was extra nearly Fujii. 

I also can do an article sooner or later about my belt assortment, small as it’s, if there’s curiosity. It might even be a ‘if you happen to solely had 5’ piece, although that is hardly a small variety of belts! 

These belts will exchange a few western-style ones I’ve had from RRL for a couple of years, with comparable buckles. These have confirmed to be poor high quality, rising stiff and shredding with age relatively than getting richer and softer. 

It is a disgrace – the standard there varies a lot. Maybe like high-street manufacturers, leather-based is one class the place it is at all times price ready for high quality. 

Particulars on Ludens and costs: 

  • Belts and cross-body baggage accessible made to order
  • Wallets and watch straps coming sooner or later
  • Solely at the moment in Bryceland’s Tokyo and Hong Kong shops
  • Alligator belt, buckle not included, ¥54,800 (£305) +tax
  • Leathers accessible: clean alligator, nubuck alligator, kudu suede (all in black or bark brown)
  • Deerskin crossbody baggage, ¥138,000 (£765) +tax
  • Bag at the moment accessible in beige, black sooner or later
  • @ludensjp



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