We craft the majority of our belts in the southern Spanish region of Andalucia with a small amount of our belts still being crafted in the Modena area of Italy.
The way in which we produce our belts stays true to the traditional origins of beltmaking. Our ateliers are small in scale but full of experienced and dedicated craftsmen who are often the 3rd or 4th generation of their families to continue this specific craft.
Although it may seem that a belt is a simple strip of leather this is far from the case. Even the simplest of belts requires a multitude of processes to become a finished product, from the choice of hides to the thinning of the leather to the desired thickness, the shaving of the edges to create a gentle camber in the leather, the precision cutting and handstitching of the tongue and loops to the final painting and buffing of the edges to take away any blemishes.
As we move to more complex constructions involving separate upper and lower leathers so the processes increase. Attaining the desired belt thickness and flexibility becomes a mix of maths and good old fashioned feel, hand mixing paint colours to get the precise match for awkward leather tones is an art in its own right, hand bevelling edges and contours is a job for a steady hand on a fast spinning lathe, ascertaining the perfect thread colour from a choice of thousands a diligent and patient process.
The thing to remember is that the Elliot Rhodes collection comes from over 250 different types of leather. No two leathers are ever identical so each belt style has to be treated individually, taking into account each parameter from the very beginning and adapting accordingly along the way.
This may all seem like an old fashioned and archaic way to do things but this method of production has stood the test of time and ensures not only that the quality of your belt remains of the highest standard but also that it has been made with a truly human caring touch.