One Star Leather is a one-man (Keegan) and one-dog (Buzz Lightyear) operation out of Los Angeles, California. He makes fantastic, thoughtful small leather goods, from key fobs to notebook holders to wallets (his Park Sloper series really put him on the map), and he also squeezes in time to make great looking belts.
One Star’s Horween Chromexcel belts are made from … um … Horween Chromexcel (which you can read more about here), and are available in black, brown, or natural leather. Keegan will also let you choose from several different buckle styles, though he does caution that this is “not a dress belt,” which I agree with. The ruggedness of the leather cannot be hidden, and this is a belt that was made to hold up a pair of jeans, not a fine pair of slacks.
The buckle is secured with two rivets, and there is a date stamp as well. It is a fun, playful detail, since this is a belt that will far outlast however long the time in your life is that you wear this size. There is also a small star stamp on the end–the one touch of branding you’ll find on the belt.
It is a belt. It holds up my pants. But, even in this crowded field, One Star Leather has made it stand out, with the little touches that come from a guy, just working in his shop, that really cares about creating and delivering the best stuff he can. Highly recommended; pick one up here.