Logan Richard: They’re a belt company based in Burlington, Vermont that has a “preppy” esthetic, but in the original context of the word: practical, timeless, and built to last for the long-haul.
The brand came about when owner Logan Szidik took one of his many repp neckties from his days at prep school and had it sewn on top of a leather belt. The piece was noticed by friends – and strangers – and so he grabbed the rest of his repps, turned them into belts, and started selling them throughout his college days.
Four years later, Logan now sources all of his silk from England and hand-cuts each piece of silk before passing everything along to a skilled, local sewer. As some of you might recognize, I wore one of his belts last week (here) where I got to see the piece with my own eyes. I have to say, the pictures don’t do justice. The leather is thick with flawless stitching that isn’t going to give anytime soon (I’ll be nice and refrain from throwing any brands under the bus that don’t do this).
While there may be some similar belts like these out there, none – and I mean none – use a high grade silk like Logan Richard. Most are some cheap, polyester blends that are used to imitate the look of repp that keeps the costs down and the mark-ups high. These blends are then glued – instead of stitched – onto the leather and fall apart a year or two later. With a heavy brass buckle and the personalized touch of initials on the top belt-tail, I have to say….I’m impressed. Definitely a great year-round piece to own that’s built to last with a cool backstory and an owner who actually cares about the quality of the products he’s making.
Today, we’re giving away one of these fantastic belts – and dog collars – on the blog (and he makes them for ladies, too just as an FYI). The enter, follow the directions below and follow @Loganricharddogs. We’ll be announcing the winner via Twitter and on the blog Saturday morning. Comment with any questions you might have and I’ll be happy to answer!