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Fade of the Day – Cause and Effect Leather Belt (5 Years)

A. Kominos, from Philadelphia, sent in a few pics of his five-year-old Cause And Effect leather belt, and the wear patterns were so good that we felt it needed a wider audience. So here we are, presenting it in our Fade Of The Day.

After graduating college, Mr. Komino saved some money from his first job and put it towards some nice leather and selvedge denim, and this belt came from that splurge. The belt, crafted by Billy Moore of Cause And Effect, was made from leather sourced from the Horween tannery in Chicago, which was then weatherd in streams flowing through the Rocky Mountains. Between the high caliber of materials and considered approach of treating it for character, a solid foundation is in place for developing patina.

Both the leather and brass buckle have taken on a lovely orange tone with some variance throughout—particularly the leather, which displays highlights here and darker areas there. We can see some weight loss (good job on that!) as it looks like he’s had to tighten up for a snugger fit a time or two. We’re also fond of the wrinkling around the holes, perhaps an artifact of the submersions in those Rocky Mountain streams. We’ll have to try that technique ourselves!