Tender’s hand painted belts are cut, sewn, and foil stamped by hand in England, from leather tanned for 18 months in England using oak bark liquor. The buckles are lost wax-cast in England from solid brass, using a caster’s pattern hand constructed in England.
After the belts are made, they are taken to a Master Barge Painter, who hand paints each piece with daisies, on a navy blue or racing green ground. These designs are traditional in English vernacular boat decoration, dating to the mid-19th Century. The glossy paint wears and crinkles beautifully with age. The back of the belt, and the buckle end, are left unpainted, to reveal the natural character of the leather.
Green belts are stocked with a lost wax-cast brass ‘wire’ buckle, and navy belts are stocked a ‘keeper’ buckle, however the buckle can be switched for any other Tender brass buckle- please see the Tender Stores for all the options, or contact us with any questions. If you wish to choose another buckle, please specify this in the checkout.