Back in early ’22 I’d been asked to repair a Tod’s belt as the elasticated webbing had failed. It was just a matter of unstitching the leather end, cutting the webbing back to a sound section and re-stitching the end back. What was interesting was that the ’buckle’ was made of leather which I not come across before. This time four Tod’s belts were delivered; one as a guide for the desired length, two which needed shortening and one which was a fake made of faux leather sandwiching stiffening card.

The brief for the latter was to shorten and replace the faux leather with veg tan. It seemed odd that someone would go to the trouble of producing a fake belt which is essentially just a length of elasticated webbing. This warranted a Google search …. I’m still in shock!