The Smooth Belt

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    Smooth move

    Because you can’t keep using that bit of rope to keep your trousers up.

    The problems you've had with your belts in the past. (modifié) 

    1

    Poor quality leather

    2

    Doesn’t keep its shape

    3

    A buckle that reaches its breaking point

    4

    Belt holes that stretch too easily

    Buckle Up!

    Made by hand. French hands, to be precise

    If we’re talking leather goods, then a hands-on approach is best. Nothing wrong with something machine made, but good leather really benefits from being hand-tooled. That’s why we enlisted the services of the fine folk at Orca in Brittany, a leather workshop with a fine pedigree.

    The full fat option

    So made by hand is ideal, but what about the leather? Full grain is the only way to go when talking about a smooth finish. What that means is real deal leather, the best part of the hide, that hasn’t had any correction or chemical treatment, because it doesn’t need it. We’ve gone for an unsplit leather so it’s extra sturdy.

    Bringing vegetables and drums together at last

    This is a French leather, tanned in Italy. As usual, we’ve opted for vegetable tanning, which produces a far richer, more natural colour, and has a considerably smaller environmental impact than chemicals like chrome. The leather is dyed in a drum tanning process, which softens it up and adds a nice patina.

    Keep your width about you

    The width of a belt is an important consideration. Too narrow and it looks a bit weedy, too thick and it won’t fit through your belt loops. We crunched the numbers, ran the tests, and what we discovered is 32mm is the perfect width. The Smooth Belt will hold up your slacks in the week, and your jeans at the weekend. 

    Believe in brass

    Ever had a belt buckle that’s just had enough and given up? So have we. That’s why we’ve kitted this belt out with a solid brass buckle that’s not going to crack, no matter how many hotdogs you have at the barbecue.

    It’s a stitch up

    The buckle end has been handstitched using an incredibly strong wax coated thread. Not only does this make the belt’s construction more durable, but it gives the belt a nice rugged personality, too.

    Wax on…

    We’ve also used a wax coating on the belt’s reverse, to really emphasise this raw, authentic feel.

    Put your mind at rest

    To avoid any embarrassing trouser-related mishaps, you’ve got to have a belt that won’t let you down. With the Smooth Belt, you’re not just buying a good quality accessory, you’re buying peace of mind.

    Continental style

    All of the belt’s components come from Europe. We’re talking French leather tanned in Italy, a brass buckle made in Spain, and the whole thing put together in northern France. Tres continental.

    Traceability

    Our aim is to always give you as much information as possible on the clothes we make so you can make an informed decision before preordering. This includes the environmental impact of each Smooth Belt we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it :

    The materials have traveled a total of 12,324 km (7657,7 miles) from field to doormat. 

    Farming

    France and switzerland

    Tanning

    LO STIVALE SRL Italy


    Environmental certification : ISO 14001

    Currying

    PASSARELLA SRL Italy


    We fully trust their octogenarian expertise in vegetal tanning.

    Finish

    IL PUMA SRL Italy

    Manufacturing

    ORCA France


    Supplying fashion accessories since 1974, they've made a solid reputation for themselves with 500,000 belts leaving their workshop every year.

    Transport

    Road haulage

    Environmental Impact

    Our aim is to always give you as much information as possible on the clothes we make so you can make an informed decision before preordering. This includes the environmental impact of each Smooth Belt we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it : 

    1.05 kg

    of CO2 emitted

    Equivalent to 19.1 kms (11.8 miles) travelled by car.

    11.2 L

    water consumption

    Equivalent to 7.5 five-min showers. 

    16.5 MJ

    energy depletion

    Equivalent to 6 hours heating (in average appartment).

    No Sweet !

    Delivery costs

    We deliver worldwide. For orders in selected European countries* including the UK, we charge a flat fee of 9€ irrespective of how much you order. For deliveries in the rest of Europe and outside of the EU, the cost is 15€.

    Easy to change your size

    If you get the wrong size, fear not, we accept returns and exchanges. For orders in Europe, these are free. For countries in the rest of the world, we ask you to pay the return cost and we will take care of the cost of sending out an exchange. Just log into your Asphalte account and we’ll get that sorted.

    It costs nothing to try

    If you ever change your mind or the product doesn't meet your expectations when you receive it, all you have to do is send it back unworn and we'll refund you. Easy.

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