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HOLMES spotting / The National

Posted on September 20, 2017 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

Pleasant surprise, cracking open my copy of The National's new record, Sleep Well Beast, to find a HOLMES S2 nylon strap photo'd on Scott Devendorf's bass. Incidental, but a fold-out poster is forever.

This will be my favorite thing for a while. 

Posted in Scott Devendorf, The National


Posted on July 17, 2017 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

Cranking it up this early summer, and another new strap design is in the books and available. Flat nylon, all black, all rivet construction, with a couple of very nice details. Pretty sweet, if I do say so myself.

Click through photo for direct link to shop listing. 

Posted in flatnylon


Posted on July 11, 2017 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

New in the shop. Three fob colors. Two hardware colors. Mix and match. You'll have the coolest keys on the block.

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Posted on May 30, 2017 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

Good times in the design department fueled by caffeine and 'Wings Over America' on loop, and the result is another new strap in the shop. Buckle front with 2"-wide midsection, 1"-wide riveted ends, and customizable buckle + rivet options.

Photo above links to shop listing. 


Posted on May 23, 2017 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

New strap in the shop today. Based on the straps Pete Townshend used throughout the late 1970's. I changed a couple of construction details and gave it three variations, but it's pretty faithful- especially the Holes version, which was Pete's main user during this period. All are 1.5" wide and have a buckle back. 

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Posted on May 16, 2017 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

I recently compiled some nice things people have said about my work over the past few years and put it up on a new page on the site with the header: Testify! I’m also going to take the opportunity to thank anyone, known or unknown, who has supported what I do. As someone once said, this shit ain’t easy, and there are more than a few who have helped to make it do-able at all...and at times even quite pleasant. Thanks everyone.



Posted on April 13, 2017 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

So, yes---it's true. There is a first time for everything, and after all these years I finally got to dye a floral pattern in red. Looks better than amazing and it's now an option for this belt in the shop. Available as a color option over the range of leather guitar straps as well.