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 heavy cotton webbing, which in turn is fully wrapped in a length of Tender canvas fabric, woven in England. The Sump cloth was used for heavy shirts and has a red stripe running down the length of the fabric- here it makes a neat ring part way down the belt. The indigo Bicolore canvas is woven from indigo and ecru yarns twisted together, forming a random pattern which will fade and age beautifully as the indigo rubs off onto the ecru yarn. The buckle is custom sand-cast in solid brass, from a buckle taken from Morten’s father’s favourite belt, which Morten remembers from when he was a child. It has an integral keeper and is stamped ‘FHUTT’ on the back.
The holes end of the belt, folded over the fabric section, 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. The belt is 1¼” wide, slightly narrower than most Tender belts, making it suitable for use with casual trousers as well as heavier jeans.