We recently had an amazing opportunity to visit Elliot Rhodes and try out their awesome bespoke belt fitting service that they offer, right in the heart of London’s Covent Garden! As you can imagine, we were super excited to learn more about belt fitting… I’d really never thought of how they were fitted before this. Firstly, the store is beautiful… there are a selection of over 500 leather belt straps in a variety of widths and over 800 buckles to select from and combine! We were like kids in a candy store!
After choosing our belt with the trusted help of the in-store consultants, we went for a classic leather that is beautiful full grain leather. In addition, every belt is custom fitted in store to provide the perfect fit, which really helped as I’m terrible at trying things on! The diversity of the collection and the guidance of the belt consultants ensure that there is a combination to suit most people!
One of the things we liked most about Elliot Rhodes is that all of their belts are made exclusively in Italy and Spain by skilled craftsmen using traditional belt-making techniques. Their buckles are designed in house and sourced from a selection of skilled makers from Italy, France, the UK and USA and are created using a variety of materials including gold, sterling silver, stainless steel and a variety of semi-precious collectibles (if thats the belt you choose… we decided to not go so bling!).
For the buckle, we decided to go for matt effect gold and silver, which we were informed really does compliment the brown and black leather we chose. In an age where mass production is most commonly used Buckle making for Elliot Rhodes remains a highly artisanal trade, with original designs still sculpted by hand in wax and the more ornate buckles having enamels and special finishes applied by hand. This gives each buckle its own innate character, lustre and individuality. We were in heaven!