About Arctic Eskimo

We focus on making high quality leather belts using old fashioned techniques adopted by the Arctic Eskimo in conjunction with modern technology.

As part of our quest to provide leather pieces that will stand the test of time, we are meticulous in sourcing leather that is solely full grain. Full grain is exclusively extracted from the top layers of the hide where its structure is the tightest and the most durable. Our signature leather is vegetable-tanned and unfinished, allowing the leather to breathe, develop a unique patina over time and maintain its natural characteristics.

Our Canadian made belt straps are entirely designed and hand made in our artisan workshop in the heart of Vancouver Island's Rain Forest. We pride ourselves in using the highest quality leather respecting the famous Arctic Eskimo leather craftsmanship tradition.

Handmade by Professional Artisans

What we do?

What we do is simple, we design, handcraft, and sell leather belts and buckles. Explore the possibilities of a completely unique Arctic Eskimo creation. The luxury of having an object crafted to your exact specifications is unlike any other. And, when the finished product becomes part of your everyday life, a daily companion par excellence, the relationship is that much more special and cherished.

Bespoke Orders

We will work together to craft a one-of-a-kind leather belt that meets your exacting desires and exceeds your expectations. Our made-to-order services are truly bespoke and virtually limitless. From initial design and layout, to custom selected and tanned leathers, to individually cast hardware, we will bring your creation to life.

White Label Manufacturing

White labelling is a product which is produced, with no branding whatsoever. We would make the product and you, the designer, would rebrand it to make it your own. This makes it appear as though the product has been made by you. Your re-branding could be something as simple as adding your signature mark.

Private Label Manufacturing

Another alternative to white labelling is private labelling, which is also a service that Arctic Eskimo can offer you on almost our entire range. This is where we would put your signature mark onto the leather belt strap. We are manufacturers of 100% Canadian made leather belt straps.

Ready to Wear

Ready-to-wear or prêt-à-porter is the term for factory-made goods, sold in finished condition, in standardized sizes, as distinct from made to measure or bespoke clothing tailored to a particular person's frame. Off-the-peg is sometimes used for items which are not clothing, such as handbags. Our Arctic Eskimo house brand of leather belts/buckles are available for immediate order. The Arctic Eskimo collection of leather belts are 100% Retail Ready!


Our limited-release, one-of-a-kind styles are made from our inventory of the world’s best leathers, finest threads, and custom titanium belt buckles, each style, once sold, will not be produced again. All pieces of our one-of-a-kind collection are designer made right here in British Columbia, Canada. The cost to produce a one-of-kind belt & buckle usually will cost into the thousands of dollars. Own an original and exclusive Arctic Eskimo Signature belt & buckle.

School of Leather

Our School of Leather will teach your how to buy, design, purchase wholesale, sell to brick and motor retailers and online. We will prepare you with all of the education that you need to design and sell a successful leather collection which includes everything from building a website, to developing a call centre style phone system, lead management, sales software, and credit card processing. We are a one-stop-shop for knowledge with over 30 years experience.

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Quality Leather Belts & Buckles

When you buy a leather belt from Arctic Eskimo, it will stand to the test of time. Our belts are made from real leather and they do not fall apart, since there are no combined parts to our leather belt straps... they are made from 100% 4mm thick (10 ounces) of real cow hide. Our products are all of the highest standards.

The Arctic Eskimo Legacy

Every journey begins with a touch of passion. Arctic Eskimo's passion is all about authenticity and uniqueness; by creating smartly designed, carefully crafted, timeless leather belt straps and buckles.

Arctic Eskimo Custom Designed Belt Buckle
Professional Engineered Belt Buckles

Engineered Belt Buckles

Our belt and buckle designs range from casual to custom innovations with one important aspect in common... Designed by fashion designers and mechanically pioneered by Aerospace Engineers.

Custom Leather Belts Manufacturer

We are an end to end supply chain solutions provider for all types of products. Whether you need production management, design & development, raw material sourcing, QA/QC, manufacturing, or freight logistics, we can assist you.

Arctic Eskimo Belt Buckle Manufacturing

What is 'Genuine' Leather?

Genuine leather doesn't just mean that the product that is made includes some leather content, but it also means that the leather used is the lowest quality of all products made out of real leather.

Genuine leather generally doesn't last as long or look as nice as higher-quality leather. You'll typically find it in belts from mall stores, shoes from lower-priced department stores, and bags or other goods in the lower-leather price range.

Goods marked as genuine leather will be several layers of low quality leather bonded together with glue and then painted to look like a better-quality leather. It's what is left over when the other, higher grades are stripped away.

This grade of leather is acceptable if you're just buying something cheaply and don't care too much about its quality. It won't last very long, so it probably shouldn't be something you use every day.

Little known fact, you can also mix up dog poop with flour and water, press it flat and let it dry in the sun for about two days and get a bonded leather equivalent. Genuine and bonded leather is usually spray-painted to look like full or top grain leather. Watch out!!!

Solid Heavyweight Leather

In the era of mass production and fast fashion consumption, we choose craftsmanship and custom creation. Every single Arctic Eskimo product is hand-crafted and designed with 4mm thick leather that will last you your lifetime.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Leather Knowledge Base

Full grain leather is the highest grade of all types of leather. It’s the top layer of the hide, including the full thickness of the skin, and is not sanded or buffed to remove natural marks or imperfections. The full thickness makes this the most difficult type of leather for manufacturers to work. All the grain remains in full grain leather, which allows fibre strength, durability, and breathability. Rather than wearing out, the natural surface of full grain leather develops a patina over time. Good leather can last a lifetime, so purchasing a full-grain leather product is worth the extra money it may cost up front.
Top grain leather is the second-highest quality and is the type most commonly used in high-end leather products. This leather has a split layer with imperfections removed, making it thinner and more workable for the manufacturer. The surface of top grain leather is sanded and given a finish coat. The finish coat means the leather will not develop a natural patina and greatly reduces breathability, but it provides protection against stains that would otherwise sink right into full grain leather.
Split leather is made using the remnants of the hide leftover once the top layer has been removed to make top-grain leather. This material is incredibly versatile and can be processed in various ways depending on its thickness and size once the top layer has been stripped away. Because split leather is basically the underside of the hide, it is not as pleasing to the eye as full-grain leather and has had considerably less exposure to the elements, making it less durable and resistant to moisture.

Whilst it does not age as well as full-grain leather, split leather has a wide range of potential depending on the hides used to make it. For example, split leather is commonly used to provide the soft lining on the inside of purses, handbags, and coats, but it’s also often used as upholstery. This is because split leather tends to have a more uniform aesthetic than full-grain leather, and there is less wastage as there are fewer flaws in the material’s presentation.

A popular type of leather that can be identified by its fuzzy surfaces, suede is commonly made using split leather, but can also be created using full-grain leather. Primarily used in upholstery, suede shoes, bags, and curtains are also incredibly popular due to the material’s naturally decorative visual qualities. In spite of this, however, the material is not as resilient as other types of leather and must be cared for properly if it hopes to retain its good looks. Caring for suede is a little bit different than caring for many other leather materials, though, as suede requires regular brushing to ensure it keeps its texture.
Corrected grain leather and “genuine” leather are two names for the same type of leather. This is the third grade of leather and is produced from the layers that remain after the top layers are split off for the better types of leather. An artificial grain is applied to the surface and then sprayed with stain or dye to give it a more natural appearance.
Bonded leather is quite literally the bottom of the barrel. Leftover scraps of leather are shredded and ground to a near pulp, then bonded together using polyurethane or latex onto a fibre sheet. The varying degree of actual leather in the mix (versus chemicals) affects the smell, texture, and durability of the product. Bonded leather is the cheapest to produce and is often resurfaced to look like higher quality types of leather - so watch out! Now you know that bonded leather is the dust and shavings of the leather glued and pressed together. It is the PT Cruiser of the leather world... pure junk. Leftover scraps are ground together with glue and resurfaced in a process similar to vinyl manufacture. Bonded leather is weak and degrades quickly with use. Most Bibles are covered with this.
Most people are familiar with Saffiano leather which has become very popular in recent years. Even though the leather was used exclusively by Prada for decades, it found its way into the bag, wallet, and belt collections of many labels like Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Coach, and Longchamp to name just a few. The leather has gained such tremendous popularity because it combines exceptional durability and stain resistance with elegance and class.

Only fashion and leather experts, however, are familiar with Saffiano’s close cousin: Palmellato leather. Palmellato strongly resembles Saffiano leather in its durable properties and appearance with a slight distinction in its surface pattern making it a much rarer find.

History and Production

As it is the case for most inventions in the fashion world, Saffiano leather originated in Italy where it was allegedly invented by Mario Prada himself. Prada patented the new leather optic and has used it for many of its most successful bags ever since. Once the patent expired, other brands started using Saffiano leather as well.

Saffiano leather is famous for its diagonal lines and cross-hatch pattern which are machine-pressed into the wax coating of the leather giving it a slight sheen. Leather which gain their grain pattern by this kind of stamping method are also called “textured leathers”. Saffiano leather is usually made of faux or genuine leather which is the lowest grade of leather available. Due to the coating, cheaper corrected leathers – which are a grade of genuine leather - are often used, as imperfections of the hide will be hidden.