Vie Long brushes are made in Spain and make a great entry-level brush. The loft is made of horsehair that has been brushed off Spanish show horses. Neat eh? Horsehair brushes are the least expensive of the brushes we carry. The coarse texture is unappealing to some, but preferred by others. A great brush for the first time wet-shaver. These are useful with soap because the coarser hair easily agitates the surface of the soap and builds up lather quickly.