What should you look for when buying a belt? Follow the 4 steps and you'll be shopping for the belt that suits you best in no time.
How do you know if you are dealing with a good quality leather belt? For that you should know a bit more about the origin of leather. Leather is a natural product, made from the skin of an animal. For a belt, this is usually cowhide. This hide is 4 to 6 mm thick. The skin consists of 3 layers, namely the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous connective tissue.
In turn, the dermis also consists of 3 layers. Namely the vein layer, the middle layer, and a lower layer. These layers gradually merge into one another. You cannot distinguish between them with the naked eye. Only the grain layer is clearly visible. You can recognize it by the veins (also called greens) that are created by the hair roots.
The skin of an animal consists mainly of keratin. Keratin is a protein substance that is also found in hair. The highest density is found in the grain layer, the middle layer and the bottom layer contain less keratin. The fibers are somewhat looser here. The grain layer is leather of somewhat lower quality. It is often marketed with a thin finishing layer so that it looks like real leather.
Of course, the thickness of a skin differs all over the body. The skin on the belly is not as thick as on the head of an animal. When processing leather, it is important that the skin is of equal thickness. Therefore, the skin is split into 3 parts. The minimum thickness for the upper skin is 0.9 cm. The middle layer, the split leather, is leather of the least quality. A belt made of split leather can easily become cracked.
How do you know if you are dealing with a good quality belt? The belt should fit smoothly in your hand, and the back of the belt should also be visibly made of leather. The belt should bend back easily if you bend it yourself. After wearing it for a while, it should not show any cracks. Regularly rubbing your belt with shoe polish will make it last longer.
The quality of leather also depends on the animal, the food it has been given, the environment it has lived in and its age. And, of course, on the craftsmanship of the tanner.
Most Profuomo belts are made of Tuscan leather, which is one of the best leathers in the world. Famed for its natural look. Profuomo belts are dyed in a natural way by means of plant extracts, for a very natural and masculine look. This way of dyeing is also not harmful to the environment. Even more reason to invest in a Profuomo belt.