Piccadilly Circus is awash with men’s clothes shops, especially so with nearby, Jermyn Street on the doorstep. For those gentleman requiring a new waist belt you are therefore spoilt for choice, however not so much if you are looking for something bespoke…
Here’s where a humble stall outside St. James’s Church comes into play; Piccadilly Belts by artisan belt maker Idris De Angeli.
It’s quite simple, you choose the sort of leather you would like your belt made out of from the selection of large, full grain, vegetable tanned hides hanging off of pegs around the workbench. It’s then a quick measurement of your waist, some questions on how you tend to have your trousers or jeans sit upon your hips, what sort of belt style and buckle type you are looking for, and then the process begins…
Watching De Angeli at work is to watch a master craftsman practice his skill. He immediately puts you at ease both with exemplary customer service, and more importantly, his vast experience of his craft. As De Angeli states: “Each strap is individually hand cut then worked to the highest finish, applying traditional leathercraft techniques using hand tools.”
“I have always had a passion for making things, specially in creating beautiful objects that are also functional and with a high degree of durability, so working with high quality natural leathers to create useful accessories such as belts, certainly fits the bill.” Idris de Angeli
Watching something take shape from scratch, created just for you is something special. The fact that it’s made whilst you wait is impressing. De Angeli takes his time, working and treating the leather until he is entirely happy with it, explaining the process every step of the way. This is a product built to last the test of time. The array of sold brass buckles to complete the belt are of plentiful. Whatever you are looking for there is something to suit everyone.
Finally, the belt is complete and ready to try on. It fits perfectly. Of course it does it’s made only for you. When you consider the price is equal to that of one mass produced and sold in any number of shops, you realise how special a find Piccadilly Belts is. Find out more here