I was fortunate enough to receive a custom, hand made leather collar from Collars by Riley in exchange for an honest review, and I was more than pleased with the product I received. This wasn't just a product I received at random, after seeing one of these collars in person and viewing all of the images on their Facebook page - I knew I had to have one!
Collars by Riley will work very closely with you on design and size to insure you get exactly what you want, and to make sure the collar properly fits your dog - no matter the size or breed! After the basic information has been approved by you, she begins creating the collar! A template is cut using a special tool called a swivel knife, which cuts the design into the leather. She then uses smaller tools to add texture and depth to the design. After painting and staining the collar, it is then ready to be finished and conditioned! She assembles the collar and ships it off to its new home! The process takes approximately 3 to 5 weeks depending on the size of the collar and the complexity of the design. It is well worth the wait, however! Nothing beats a fully customized, hand made leather collar that will be entirely unique to your dog!
The collar I requested for my German Shepherd Hunter turned out magnificently! I asked for a Norse themed wolf design in reds, browns and gold - and I received exactly what I had asked for! The collar is a beautiful work of art, and I am constantly getting compliments on it! It is unique, and that alone makes it very special. The detail and the texture of the collar is so beautiful, it is more than worth the money you spend for it.
The collar itself stands up amazingly to wear and tear. I have been using it daily for months now, and it still looks as sharp and crisp as it did when it first arrived. It is easy to clean, fits my dog comfortably, doesn't damage the fur, and looks phenomenal. The hardware used (solid brass, though you can request silver) is sturdy and heavy duty, while the leather itself feels like it is going to last forever.
I am extremely pleased with the collar, and I think if you are looking to support a small business and get a stunning piece of art for your dog, Collars by Riley is the way to go! The collars are beautiful, high quality, long lasting and resilient to wear and tear, and the best part is that they are 100% unique and custom!
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