Estribos - ¡¡The REAL Argentine Leather Folks!!
Our family moved from the Falkland Islands to farm sheep in Patagonia, Southern Argentina in 1863 and the firm’s hat making roots in Buenos Aires go back over 130 years.
Como dicen – "¡Más argentino imposible!" or, As they say about us, "Impossible to be more Argentine!"
The importance of our roots is reflected in our truly Argentine range of products. Our name "Estribos" means stirrups in Spanish and reflects the close relationship we have with the horse world and its respect for good leather.
There are now quite a number suppliers of Polo Belts or so-called Gaucho Belts and Polo Dog Collars but you would be hard pressed to get two words of Spanish (never mind "Lunfardo", our equivalent of Cockney Rhyming Slang) from any of them. The huge interest in our Estribos Polo Belts has generated a wave of copy cats, and whilst we are flattered we would suggest that you buy an original – "No seas Boludo ... ¡Comprate un cinto Estribos!" - Don't be Daft, buy yourself an Estribos belt!
We moved from Buenos Aires to set up the UK end of the business in 2004 and we travel all over the country attending well over 100 shows a year. Our presentation is traditionally Argentine, bringing together aspects of the Polo world, traditional Argentine 'talabarterias' (saddlery and leather goods shops) and life on the campo (ranch) - so you will not confuse us with the chrome and MDF shelving of other firms on the circuit (who may just happen to have a couple of carousel displays of polo belts at the entrance to their stand).
Come and brighten our day by visiting the Real Argentine Leather Folks, and sample some of our product ranges that truly differentiate us from the rest – including our Stunning Coloured Carpincho Belts, our Bespoke Belt and Collar Service, our Polo Brow Bands, our Estribos “Taba” Alpargatas (Argentine Espadrilles), our Fur Lined Carpincho Gloves, our Traditional Argentine Fur Felt Hats, our Fine Bolu Ale (made using Dulce de Leche) .......
We look forward to sharing 2016 with you!
Hasta Luego, y Saludos,
The Argentine Belt Smiths