By now, many of you have realized we have an infatuation with all things Billykirk. Maybe it’s their obsession with craftsmanship, or our affinity for things made with painstaking care – but we dig their products, especially their belts. And so another one joins our little collection of Brothers Bray engineered goods, the No.117 Mechanics Belt.
Initially designed as a belt to protect the finely finished hulls of the cars we cherish, the mechanics belt uses a continuous strip of leather to conceal the belt buckle and metal hardware. Garnering a serious following by the guitar community, it saves that precious back of your ’52 Telecaster from the buckle rash from years of roadtrippin’ punishment. Needless to say, the Mechanics belt has taken on a life of its own, as a fine sartorial accessory to be worn in the most refined of situations, as well as its rusty and greasy birthplace it hailed from. Either a pair of khaki flatfronts, or a pair of distressed denim trousers would wear either of these beauties proud. Head on over to Billykirk, throw some measuring tape around that old beer belly of yours, and get strapped.
The hard working hands at Billykirk have a way of taking new materials and giving them the quality that recalls better times. At the helm of Billykirk, the brotherly duo Chris and Kirk Bray are the creative talent behind the remarkably crafted belts, bags, wallets, and other accouterments. Nostalgic for the belongings of a world where you weren’t already wondering when an item you were to purchase would come to break, they had the idea of bringing back something that was distinctly American – Craftsmanship. With the aid of the handed down know-how of a third generation leather maker and the skillful Amish, something old was born again.
Be sure to check them out at Billykirk.com, where you can order there, or at BlackbirdBallard.com, or Polyvore.com, where the occasional rarity not featured on their main page can be found. If you need someone to stand behind their word, I will say confidently that I own two of their belts and they are built to last, like things should.