|Men's Fine Leather Belts
€70 - 170
Holl® Italian leather belts are
cherished around the world for their unsurpassed quality, durability and elegance. Each Holl® men's leather belt is meticulously crafted by hand in Perugia in central Italy using the time-honoured artisan leather-working techniques perfected and preserved by generations of Italian master craftsmen. Each handmade belt exemplifies the workmanship, exquisite materials and unique sense of personal style for which Italy and the Made in Italy label are famous worldwide. Our belts undergo a rigorous quality inspection process of both materials and workmanship. This obsession with quality is central to the Holl® brand and enables our discriminating clientele around the world to order with confidence from our online belt shop, selecting from more than one hundred fine leathers and exotic hides, and specifying their personal measurements to create luxurious belts and accessories that last a lifetime. Read recent client comments
How to Order
To order your Holl® belt you will want to browse the different models and colours in our Custom Belt Shop. You will specify the exact length to which we will produce your belt, providing your measurements by either of two methods, and in either centimetres or inches:
1) measure from the BODY (waistline where belt will be worn)
2) measure an EXISTING BELT (belt length WITHOUT buckle)
Our leather belts make unforgettable gifts that are sure to please and to fit! Create a special belt, or two, and let us deliver them at NO CHARGE to anywhere in the world.
Leather Types & Colours
Our men's belts are available in several different models based on the type of hide used to produce them. Please note that hide type and colour selection is subject to the availability of materials that meet our demanding quality standards. (When you see a model and colour that you would like, we recommend not delaying to place your order!)
BELT MODELS we are currently producing are:
Natural Leather Belts — naturally tanned leather belts in a range of colours
Genuine Python Belts* — ever popular genuine python snakeskin belt
Genuine Crocodile Belts* — exclusive genuine crocodile belt in several colours
Suede Leather Belts — beautiful suede leather belts, wide range of colours
*Please note that we are able to ship our authentic crocodile and python
products only to addresses within the European Union.
Both the genuine python belt and our authentic crocodile belts are also available in a selection of hide colours, including a rich Bordeaux crocodile and several unique snakeskin variations. All of these can be seen and ordered from our Custom Accessory Shop. (At this time we are not producing an alligator belt. We suggest considering our different crocodile belts as an even more exotic alternative.)
Holl® men's leather belts can be ordered in more than 100 different fine natural leathers and genuine exotic animal hides, all of the finest quality available and carefully chosen and inspected by our master craftsmen. All hides are selected one-by-one and tanned exclusively with natural agents, unlike cheaper leathers imported from east Asia. Holl® belts derive their enduring elegance from the natural beauty of the high-grade genuine materials used to produce them. The genuine leather facings are never stamped or embossed with fake textures, another sign of inferior mass-produced products. We believe that a genuine leather belt should age gracefully, developing an ever more beautiful patina over time.
Our belt's core, known as the "anima" (soul) in Italian, is the interior element between the two leather facings which allows high quality belts to retain their form. All Holl® belts get a core of real leather and never of cardboard or synthetic materials as used for inferior products. Belt stitching is of an extra heavy grade thread similar to that used to produce very durable leather goods such as boots and saddles.
All of our belt buckles are cast locally in Italy as a single piece of solid brass — never soldered assemblies and never of zinc — and have a beautiful brushed nickel finish.
Each Holl® men's belt is cut to the client's exact size specification. Belt sections are carefully matched and trimmed, the belt buckle is fitted by hand and the leather buckle clasp is always double-stitched by hand for maximum durability. Following our rigorous five-step quality inspection process, the Holl mark of authenticity and Made in Italy are added to the inside of the finished belt. This artisan belt construction is why Holl® belts exceed the quality of mass-produced designer and fashion belts typically found in even very exclusive retail boutiques. We find that there is simply no substitute for the craftsmanship and rigorous attention to detail of a belt made by hand.
Custom Belt Sizes & Dimensions
All Holl® custom tailored belts are custom cut to fit each client perfectly. Measurements can be provided from the body or from an existing belt (detailed instructions provided when ordering).
Belt strap height: approx. 4 cm (1.58 in)
Belt strap thickness: approx. 5 mm (0.2 in), minor variation for some leathers
Buckle height: 4 cm (1.58 in)
Buckle length: 4.5 cm (1.77 in)
A Brief History of the Belt
Belts, flexible bands typically made of leather or fabric and worn around the waist to support trousers or as decoration, have been part of our world for a very long time. Belts made of various materials are known to have been worn off and on since the Bronze Age, depending on current fashion trends. In modern times, men started wearing belts in the 1920s as trouser waists fell to a lower, more natural line. Before the 1920s, men's belts were mostly decorative accessories and they were associated more with the military. In some periods, particularly the later half of the 1800's and until the first World War, the men's belt was strictly a decorative part of uniforms, especially among officers. In many Eastern European nations, it was common for officers to wear tight, wide leather belts drawn tight at the waist to make the wearer appear thinner, emphasizing wide shoulders and chest. Political cartoonists of the day often portrayed the tight waist-cinching belts to comedic effect. Today it is common for men to wear belts with their trousers in casual, work and also some formal situations.
More About Leather
Leather is a versatile natural material produced by tanning or curing animal hides, primarily cattle hide. The tanning process converts the hide into a durable, long-lasting material that has many uses. Together with wood, leather formed the basis of much ancient technology. The modern leather industry is based on raw materials that are by-products of the meat industry.
Due to its excellent abrasion and wind-resistance, leather has historically found use in rugged occupations. The enduring image of the cowboy in leather chaps (pants) gave way to the leather-jacketed and leather-helmeted aviator. When motorcycles were invented, some riders took to wearing heavy leather jackets to protect from road rash and wind blast; some also wear chaps or full leather pants to protect the lower body. Many sports still use leather to help in playing the game or protecting players. Because of its flexible nature, leather can be formed and flexed as needed.
Types of Leather
In general, leather is sold mainly in three forms:
- FULL-GRAIN LEATHER or top-grain refers to the upper section of a hide and hides that have not been sanded, buffed or snuffed (otherwise known as corrected) in order to remove imperfections on the surface of the hide. Only the hair has been removed. The leather's grain remains in its natural state which will allow the best fibre strength, resulting in greater durability. The natural grain also has natural breathability, resulting in greater comfort for clothing. The natural full-grain surface will wear better than other leather. Rather than wearing out, it will develop a natural patina and change in its appearance over time. The finest leather furniture and footwear are made from full-grain leather. For these reasons only the best raw hide are used in order to create full-grain or top-grain leather.
- CORRECTED-GRAIN LEATHER is any top-grain leather that has had its surfaces sanded, buffed or snuffed in order to remove any imperfection on the surface. Top-grain leather is often wrongly referred to as corrected-grain. Although corrected-grain leather is made from top-grain as soon as the surface is corrected in any way the leather is no longer referred to as top-grain leather. The imperfections are corrected and an artificial grain applied. Most corrected-grain leather is used to make pigmented leather as the solid pigment helps hide the corrections or imperfections.
- SPLIT LEATHER is leather created from the fibrous part of the hide left once the top-grain of the rawhide has been separated from the hide. Split leather has an artificial layer applied to the surface of the split and is embossed with a leather grain. Splits are also used to create suede. The strongest suedes are usually made from grain splits (that have the grain completely removed) or from the flesh split that has been shaved to the correct thickness. Suede is "fuzzy" on both sides. Manufacturers use a variety of techniques to make suede appear to be full-grain. For example, in one operation, glue is mixed with one side of the suede, which is then pressed through rollers; these flatten and even out one side of the material, giving it the smooth appearance of full-grain. A reversed suede is a grained leather that has been designed into the leather article with the grain facing away from the visible surface. It is not a true form of suede.
Leather Production Processes
The leather manufacturing process is divided into three fundamental sub-processes: preparatory stages, tanning and crusting. All true leathers will undergo these sub-processes. A further sub-process, surface coating can be added into the leather process sequence but not all leathers receive surface treatment. Since many types of leather exist, it is difficult to create a list of operations that all leathers must undergo.
- PREPARATORY STAGES are when the hide/skin is prepared for tanning.
- TANNING is the process which converts the protein of the raw hide or skin into a stable material which will not putrefy and is suitable for a wide variety of end applications. The principal difference between raw hides and tanned hides is that raw hides dry out to form a hard inflexible material that when re-wetted (or wetted back) putrefy, while tanned material dries out to a flexible form that does not become putrid when wetted back.
- CRUSTING is when the hide/skin is thinned, re-tanned and lubricated. Often, a colouring operation is included in the crusting sub-process. The culmination of the crusting sub-process is the drying and softening operations.
Leather Tanning Techniques
There are a number of processes whereby the hide of animals can be formed into the supple, strong material commonly called leather.
- VEGETABLE-TANNED LEATHER is tanned using tannin (hence the name "tanning") and other ingredients found in vegetable matter, tree bark, and other such sources. It is supple and brown in colour, with the exact shade depending on the mix of chemicals and the colour of the skin. Vegetable-tanned leather is not stable in water; it tends to discolour, and if left to soak and then dry it will shrink and become less supple and harder. In hot water, it will shrink drastically and partly gelatinize, becoming rigid and eventually brittle. Boiled leather is an example of this where the leather has been hardened by being immersed in hot water, or in boiled wax or similar substances. Historically, it was occasionally used as armour after hardening, and it has also been used for book binding. This is the only form of leather suitable for use in leather carving or stamping.
- CHROME-TANNED LEATHER, invented in 1858, is tanned using chromium sulfate and other salts of chromium. It is more supple and pliable than vegetable-tanned leather, and does not discolour or lose shape as drastically in water as vegetable-tanned. It is also known as wet-blue for its colour derived from the chromium. More esoteric colours are possible using chrome tanning.
- ALDEHYDE-TANNED LEATHER is tanned using glutaraldehyde or oxazolidine compounds. This is the leather that most tanners refer to as wet-white leather due to its pale cream or white colour. It is the main type of leather used in chrome-free leather often seen in infant's shoes and in automobiles made with chrome-free leather. Formaldehyde tanning (being phased out due to its danger to workers and the sensitivity of many people to formaldehyde) is another method of aldehyde tanning. Brain-tanned leathers fall into this category and are exceptionally water absorbent. Brain tanned leathers are made by a labour-intensive process which uses emulsified oils, often those of animal brains. They are known for their exceptional softness and their ability to be washed. Chamois leather also falls into the category of aldehyde tanning and like brain tanning produces a highly water absorbent leather. Chamois leather is made by using oils (traditionally cod oil) that oxidise easily to produce the aldehydes that tan the leather.
- SYNTHETIC-TANNED LEATHER is tanned using aromatic polymers such as the Novolac or Neradol types. This leather is white in colour and was invented when vegetable tannins were in short supply, i.e. during the Second World War. Melamine and other amino-functional resins fall into this category as well and they provide the filling that modern leathers often require. Urea-formaldehyde resins were also used in this tanning method until dissatisfaction about the formation of free formaldehyde was realised.
- ALUM-TANNED LEATHER is tanned using aluminium salts mixed with a variety of binders and protein sources, such as flour, egg yolk, etc. Purists argue that alum-tanned leather is technically "tawed" and not tanned, as the resulting material will rot in water. Very light shades of leather are possible using this process, but the resulting material is not as supple as vegetable-tanned leather.
Some general information above has been adapted from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org)