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BisonDesigns Coyote Pattern Belt

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Purchasing decision has been made.
30mm - Millennium™ Black Buckle - $19.75
Pattern: Coyote (COY)

bisondesign coyote weave 3My nephew turned 13 today.  That is a tough age for which to buy, now that kids speak a different language than my generation.  Fortunately, good looks never go out of style.  Who cannot use a nice belt?  One strong enough to save their lives, if need be?

We turned, last Monday, to our favorite designer of nylon belts, Brian Kelleghan.  Pictorial weaving with nylon?  Brian was the first.  When his suppliers said it could not be done, Brian figured it out.  The results?  Pages and pages of designs, enough to find something a 13-year-old will think is cool.  We chose, the belt was made to order, shipped, and arrived in time for the party. Yipeee!

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Have you recollections into how the design came up?  What you were thinking when choosing the colors?   How about the “Millennium” buckle?  Was that a Y2K idea, and the name stuck?

The Coyote pattern is filled with colors chosen from all of the “Docker” style pant manufacturers. That is an easy call. Weaving the colors into an attractive pattern is always the big challenge.

The buckle pattern is an echo of a popular climbing harness design from the 80’s. It communicates that the wearer is an active outdoors enthusiast. – Brian

Bison Belts • Colorado

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Cabana Stripes EllipseShopping on the Brian Kelleghan website, designer & manufacturer, is a study in choice.  He brought pictorial weaving to belts and climbing gear 29 years ago . . . and has not stopped designing, manufacturing, & updating.

Bison Designs 25mm PatternsDenied a new belt most of my childhood (except across my buttocks), I now own far more than a basketball team needs.  Yes, belts (and shoes) are my wardrobe vices.  When a shopping opportunity arose, I went right to BisonBelts and selected a belt for each of my three nieces.  With dozens of designs, I was able to find a belt to match the personality and likes of each individual girl.

Bison Patterns For My NiecesMy decision?  25mm wide for kids (and women) with an elliptical airport-friendly tri-glide buckle of Dupont Delrin.  And the materials?  Jacquard looms in Central Falls, Rhode Island weave nylon into his patterned webbing.  BisonDesign labels are stitched in Chicago.  The thread, naturally, comes from Mt  Holly, North Carolina.  And the cutting, manicuring, sewing, labeling, trimming, and QC before packaging takes place back home in Longmont Colorado.

Great design, excellent materials, perfect manufacturing!

brian kelleghan – first to bring pictorial webbing to the world

Bison Designs • Longmont, Colorado

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bison designs 1 jsergovicMy nylon hiking shorts suffered for years.  The right belt was lacking.  Sure, Orion Leather makes a great belt, thick & durable.  Too heavy for my hiking needs.  A belt for my REI shorts would have to be lightweight.  Nylon was the answer.

As a kid, we had drawers of one-size-fits-all fabric belts with compression & slip buckles.  Try finding one as an adult.  Made in the USA.

And it has been here all along.  Amazingly reasonable.  Available in dozens of designs.  And, it turns out, just the right width.  30mm is perfect for my hiking shorts.

Bison Designs – The Right Belt

Located within an online auction site looking unused, purchased and delivered for a reasonable price, I’m now a believer in Bison Designs products.

Then I found their Bison Designs website.  What fantastic products!  Wow, they have so many choices!  A paycheck-sized multi-belt order is upon the horizon.

Brian Kelleghan, the man behind Bison Designs, returned my call a few minutes ago.  I wanted a pithy quote on what his contribution to American industry meant to him.  We talked . . . and we talked . . . for over 75 minutes, and would have kept talking but for obligations.  An amazing two pages of notes later, there are so many take-aways that a separate article on Brian is necessary.  Give me a few months.  For now, we’ll keep it simple.

What is Bison Designs?  His American Dream.  Success.  Everything Brian wanted as a kid.  Making a few belts behind the Climbing Desk at REI turned into a 1000+ unit order.  Design and innovation led to millions of belts a year being marketed and sold.  Brian says “I don’t sell belts, carabiners, chalk balls . . . I sell designs.”  True. Brian’s designs are great.  But his final, manufactured product is just as outstanding.  –   publisher

brian kelleghan – first to bring pictorial webbing to the world