The Woven Belt
- Durable vegetable-tanned leather
- Solid brass belt buckle
- Hand made in France
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What you didn’t want
The leather isn’t strong enough
They barely make it past the first bend
It loses its shape
It’s too thin
The Full Story
The leather forecast
You should be able to rely on your belt day after day, and year after year, so we made sure our leather was up to the task. 3cm large and 2.6mm thick, it’s reassuringly chunky, whilst still being nice and flexible—just the stuff for our Woven Belt then.
Hide and seek
Our leather is what’s known in the biz as ‘full grain leather’. This means it’s taken from the outer layer of the hide—the strongest and most hard-wearing part. Unlike some leather, full grain is left unsanded so it retains a strong natural look that we’re big fans of.
Fresh from the garden
Vegetable tanning is a traditional method of softening the leather which uses tree bark and other delights from Mother Earth’s great green garden. A natural process, it’s much easier on the environment than other methods like chrome tanning, and helps give a really rich patina that mere words can’t really describe.
To make sure that buckle was firmly fixed, we stitched it in place using waxed thread. An old leather workers' trick, waxing thread doesn't just make sewing through thick materials much easier, but it also strengthens the thread, gives it a better grasp on the leather and helps ward off evil spirits. Alright, that last one might have been a lie...
We went for a tried and tested brass buckle for our Woven Belt. It’s nice and sturdy, without making you look like you’re gearing up for a spot of line dancing. Not that there’s anything wrong with line dancing of course, but big and brash buckles are best left to the cowboys and truck drivers of the world.
There’s all sorts of ways to make belts these days, but woven leather belts have a certain romantic charm to them that can’t really be beaten. Ours was woven in France by a family who’ve been honing their craft for nearly 50 years. The word ‘artisan’ is thrown around fairly loosely these days, but it definitely applies to this lot.
The holey grail
Ever tried to add a new hole to your belt with one of those strange hole-punching devices? Not easy, is it? Luckily the hassle is over. Because of the way our belt is woven, there’s effectively endless adjustability, saving you time to do… well… whatever you want.
Classic designs deserve classic colours, so we went with three nice and natural tones that will always work. After all, you wouldn’t cover a vintage Aston Martin in pearlescent paint, would you?
Form and function
Sort of like wearable seasoning, the Woven Belt adds a really tasty bit of hand-made flavour to any outfit. It takes the edges off anything too formal, whilst somehow simultaneously elevating the everyday. And did we mention they're one size fits all so they can stop everyone's trousers from falling down?
What a belter
What goes into making your Woven Belt.
The materials and final garment have travelled a total of 12,324 km (7,657 miles) from field to doormat.
France and Switzerland
Our leather comes from French and Swiss cattle raised for meat.
LO STIVALE SRL Italy
Environmental certification : ISO 14001
PASSARELLA SRL Italy
We fully trust their octogenarian expertise in vegetal tanning.
IL PUMA SRL Italy
Supplying fashion accessories since 1974, they've made a solid reputation for themselves with 500,000 belts leaving their workshop every year.
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 Woven Belt we produce expressed in everyday activities that we can all easily relate to. There’s no point hiding from it :
of CO2 emitted
equivalent to 21 kms (or 13.2 miles) travelled by car
Equivalent to a 1 min shower.
Equivalent to 6 hours heating (in average appartment).
Sharp and subtle, what more do we need to say?
Deliveries & exchanges
We deliver worldwide. For orders in Europe including the UK, we charge a flat fee of 6€ irrespective of how much you order. For deliveries to the rest of the world, the cost is calculated on the weight and destination automatically at checkout.
Easy changes of 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.
Satisfied or your money back
IT'S A RISK-FREE INVESTMENT
Sure, we work hard on our products, but we won’t take it personally if, for whatever reason, you change your mind about the item you’ve preordered. We’re all friends here, you can be honest with us. So long as the item is in its original condition, with tags and packaging intact, you can send it back to us for a full refund. No worries.
Asphalte began life back in 2016, just four people with a bit of experience in fashion and a simple enough aim: making good quality clothes in a low-impact way. Things started off smoothly enough, and we were picking up a bit of momentum, but something was missing. The idea for Asphalte didn’t really come together until we got our pals on the blower and asked them, ‘Hey, what do you want us to make?’ We didn’t realise it at the time, but this was the turning point. If Asphalte were a scientific discovery, this would be called the ‘eureka!’ moment. If it were a comic book, this was the part where we get bitten by a radioactive spider.
It might not seem like a revolutionary idea. That’s because it isn’t, really. But fast forward 5 years and asking our friends what they wanted has turned into sending you lot our biannual questionnaires, and using your feedback to determine what we release. And that’s our secret weapon. It’s how we make what you want for a good price, and keep waste to a minimum.
Today our team is a bit bigger than four people. In fact, there are 64 of us now. We used to be based in Paris, but now we’ve moved out to greener pastures down in Bordeaux. Besides that, we’re still working in much the same way as when we first started, with the same ideas about quality, sustainability and our customers leading the way.