Finding accessories which fit so effortlessly into both my country and city lifestyle is something which is really important for me. I love my countryside roots and having pretty much been born in the saddle, I always try to add an equestrian element to my outfits.

Cue my new staple accessory…

The brown leather snaffle belt from Dalton’s.

This beautiful belt takes me from country outings with my family, to days and evenings out in London, and even into the busy ITN newsroom which I am privileged to call my place of work.

What I love most about this classy accessory is not only its uniqueness, but its size as it fits under woolly jumpers (a necessity in Britain) without being bulky. It’s a factor which Dalton’s founder, Emma Richardson, agrees with, she said: “What I like most about the snaffle belts is their comfort and ease to wear. The flat clasp means that when you wear shirts/jumpers over your jeans you don’t get a lump from your belt.”

She added: “The snaffle buckle clips off the leather so that you can fit the leather through even the smallest belt loops (especially on breeches) then you can simply clip the buckle back on once the leather is through the loops.
I love the look of the nickel buckle against a black outfit- I think its a subtle and flattering accessory that lifts and compliments any outfit.”

Grey suede snaffle belt
Pic credit: Dalton’s

If leather is not your thing, suede snaffle belts are also available in a range of colours including pink, blue and black. “I initially made the belts in leather, these sold well as an every day belt but I wanted something a little smarter and more fun so did the first range of suede belts in spring/summer 2017” said Emma, adding: “I didn’t have the machinery or time to make an extra collection so have been working with manufacturers in London to have these cut and stitched then I finish making them back in our Essex workshop.”

Black suede snaffle belt.
Pic credit: Dalton’s

It’s no surprise a snaffle bit is the feature of the belt as Emma set up Dalton’s after completing a degree in Equine Science. She bought some leather tools and hide and taught herself, making products using YouTube tutorials. She explained: “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but was mainly driven by working for myself. I had no investment to buy products so figured I would have to manufacture myself “. Emma added: “I started off trading at the horse trials and country shows and since then the business has organically grown.”

It’s not all equine in the Dalton’s workshop however, there are a range of products from clutch bags to wallets and clothes. Emma says the bags are a perfect size to fit in everyday essentials: “They are versatile and great to keep your essentials together inside your handbag/ a document case/ or mini I pad case. They are made in London using the same Italian calf suede as the suede belts in matching colours.”

Pic credit: Dalton’s

Dalton’s also produce an Argentinian style belt, which, like the snaffle belt, is tailored towards both a country and city outfit. Emma said: “I initially started making the polo belts- I wanted to create a British, more subtle take on the Argentinian style that fitted into both the city and country scene”

If you want to get your hands on a snaffle clasp belt, they are currently in the January sale, ranging in price from around £29! Beat the January blues and treat yourself!

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Interview in full:

The snaffle belt is a new addition to my wardrobe and I love its unique snaffle clasp, talk me through the design process for the belt. I initially started making the polo belts- I wanted to create a British, more subtle take on the Argentinian style that fitted into both the city and country scene. I then designed the snaffle clasp to add to the collection-I had seen other versions of this design which were bulky and quite statement. I wanted my design to be subtle, flattering and comfy in order to be versatile and wear with any outfit. I initially made the belts in leather, these sold well as an every day belt but I wanted something a little smarter and more fun so did the first range of suede belts in spring/summer 2017. I didn’t have the machinery or time to make an extra collection so have been working with manufacturers in London to have these cut and stitched then I finish making them back in our Essex workshop.

Dalton’s has a range of snaffle belts including both leather and suede, what do you like most about them? What I like most about the snaffle belts is their comfort and ease to wear. The flat clasp means that when you wear shirts/jumpers over your jeans you don’t get a lump from your belt.
The snaffle buckle clips off the leather so that you can fit the leather through even the smallest belt loops (especially on breeches) then you can simply clip the buckle back on once the leather is through the loops.
I love the look of the nickel buckle against a black outfit- I think its a subtle and flattering accessory that lifts and compliments any outfit.

Where did it all begin for Dalton’s? I set up Dalton’s after completing my degree in equine science, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but was mainly driven by working for myself. I had no investment to buy products so figured I would have to manufacture myself which is when I bought some leather tools and hide of leather and self taught myself off YouTube videos. I started off trading at the horse trials and country shows and since then the business has organically grown.

Talk me through your other products. We currently have wallets and clutch bags from the autumn winter collection. I’m not one for a handbag- so wanted to create a clutch that holds your essentials- your, phone, your wallet and lip gloss, at least that is what I use mine for. They are versatile and great to keep your essentials together inside your handbag/ a document case/ or mini I pad case. They are made in London using the same Italian calf suede as the suede belts in matching colours.

You have an impressive 11k followers on Instagram, would you say social media has helped shape your business and move it forward? Both Instagram, my sponsored riders and email marketing have been the main factors to shaping my business. Instagram is great platform for small business’ to create an online presence and brand awareness and has definitely helped in my case.

What’s next for Dalton’s Are there any exciting products in the pipeline? I’m still finalising designs for our spring/summer range so will have the stay tune for that one :).

Thanks for reading,

Lois x


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