This belt is the result of a project between Tender and Morten Kristensen’s For Holding Up The Trousers. Morten’s been a friend for a number of years, and makes his brand of suspenders and belts by hand at his workbench in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Hand sewn by Morten with waxed linen thread, the belt has two hand cut sections of Swedish vegetable-tanned leather, separated with a length of cotton bound elastic, woven in England. The buckle is forged steel, and is usually found on For Holding Up The Trouser’s suspenders, where it is used to adjust their length. The buckle is attached with hand-hammered copper rivets, the sections of the belt are connected with solid cast brass separators, and the elastic allows the belt to stretch slightly for comfort, while still being firm enough to support heavy jeans.
The end of the belt, cut in Tender’s signature ‘bull nose’, is double branded with the Plautus face and For Holding Up The Trousers’ 3715 brand. This was the number of the old pig farm where Morten grew up, and he found the spiked branding iron in an outbuilding.