All of our staple leather accessories are made in a workshop that’s a five-minute ride from our London studio and are amongst the first products that we ever produced.
Around the time that Ashley set out on his own, he had lost his house keys a number of times and his landlord threatened to charge him for replacing the locks if he were to loose them again. Ashley needed something to keep his keys secure and so designed the belt clip.
The second product was a cardholder, designed because this time he had lost his wallet. The belts followed soon after for similar reasons. These accessories were born out of necessity and designed to serve a purpose, a theme that runs through every product we create.
Before we start working the leather, a bespoke knife is hand-shaped and welded for each of our staple accessories. The knife is positioned over the hide and a mechanical press cuts the leather to shape.
To emboss the leather, a solid brass roller is heated and a strip of leather is pressed as it runs underneath. It’s the heat that ensures that the pattern remains locked in.
The motif on each roller is painstakingly engraved by hand.
Each of our staple belts is passed through this hand turned roller – pressing a crease along the edge. Built over a century ago, this is the oldest machine in the workshop.
The edges of all of our products are hand painted and sealed with a tonal ink. We do this so that each accessory last longer and in our opinion, ages better.
For our belts, we always use a solid brass buckle that, like the leather, looks more characterful as it gets older. It’s secured with a traditional knot that passes a single thread through the four holes that surround the belt loop. This has to be done by hand and therefore takes its time but to us, it’s a detail that we wouldn’t do without.
Positioned and pressed by hand, our signature monogram rivet is the last detail to be added. A sign-off that takes it’s inspiration from the motifs potters have used for centuries to mark their work.