I went to Paris, Rome, Florence and London. Florence had a leather school which I had went to take a look, will blog about them in my next upcoming posts.
Here I am going to blog about this belt I got for my dad. He has a big belly and several shops we went to in Florence and London don't quite have the size I am looking for. His waist size is slightly larger than 42". So upon walking around in Piccadilly, London. I chanced upon this Piccadilly Market in St James Church.
Very friendly guy with great handicraft skills. Actually I had to admit, I don't mind one of the belts he made there but I prefer to see him showing his skills, so I asked him to custom make one for me.
His range of leathers.
Working on a black color belt that I requested.
Applying oil to burnish the edges.
Nice collection of belts he got there!
Using a buffing machine, he buffed the edges and ..
..using another leather to wipe it again, creating friction to seal the raw edges
Doing the rivets.
Cutting a smaller piece of leather to do the keeper.
Close to completion..
Putting on the rivets!
And its DONE!
Very good quality leather belt done in minutes. Simply loving it! Think I will shorten it and keep for myself instead cos I got another belt for my dad, a Massimo Dutti one nonetheless. Since he said that Massimo Dutti belt can fit him just nice, I think he wouldn't mind sparing me another belt. ;)
Thanks to Idris De Angeli for the amazing belt!
Stay tuned for my upcoming posts on more Europe leather findings!