TBM traditional handstitching Handstitching a belt

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The Belt Makers, Exeter
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The Belt Makers, Exeter

About Belt Making

TBM handmade belt

TBM The Belt Makers are proud to present...

A Light Havana coloured Classic belt individually hand cut from Sedgwicks First Grade English Bridle Butt Leather. The solid brass, sandcast by hand, Swell Front West End buckle with stainless steel tongue for both aesthetics and strength, is hand sewn into place along with twin keepers.

...TBM, where tradition meets trend.


TBM's high end English leather belts are made entirely by hand.

Not die cut by a hand operated stamping machine or pushed by hand through a sewing machine. Our products are cut using hand tools and stitched together with needle and thread. TBM work each skin by hand, based on the family's traditional methods of the Master Saddler.

Made from arguably the best strap leather in the world, this cut is especially known for its strength, durability, density and lustre. Obtained from the supplier with the Royal Warrant, we will still reject anything we are not happy with. Taking that into account, leather is still a natural material so some slight marking and colour variation are to be expected.

As these belts are worn in, in a similar way to wearing in new boots and shoes, the leather will react to the natural oils in your hands, and to your body heat, becoming more supple over time, molding to the shape of the wearer and developing a glorious natural patina. This produces a wonderfully personal accessory which could not be purchased in a newly made state, thus making it a firm favourite for years to come.

The finished result is a high end product, beautiful to look at and practical to wear.

Method

Traditional plough gauge
Traditional plough gauge

A strap is individually hand
cut from a skin using a
traditional plough gauge.

Staining a strap edge
Staining a strap edge

The strap is cut to shape,
marked, stamped and
punched, always by hand.
The keepers are cut from
the same skin as the belt
strap, in order to maintain
natural uniformity.

Handstitching
Handstitching a belt

Finally, each buckle and
keeper set is carefully
handstitched into place.

The finished product passes through a strict quality control process before being allowed to go to the client.

TBM The Belt Makers: Our work speaks for itself.

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