I first started working with leather in Kenya, with my brother, and my sister in law. They had a little craft shop near the beach in Malindi. I had just left school in the UK and went to stay with them. Before long I was in the workshop making engraved and tooled belts which sold in ever increasing numbers.
I spent a year in Kenya and then returned home to go to university. After graduating, I realised it was the leather work that I really wanted to pursue and so I rented a stall in Camden Lock Market, selling belts that I made from home. When a shop became available I set up a workshop and expanded my range of products.
I traded from my shop, Custom Leather, for nearly twenty years and during that time I’ve learned a tremendous amount about leather and leather craft. I use traditional hand tools for everything I make and an ancient industrial sewing machine to stitch together the pieces. I strive to make the best quality products that I can. Things that will last and grow more attractive with age. I am interested in the details and will spend time ensuring my work is properly finished.
I closed my shop at the end of March 2018 as Camden Market has changed so much over recent years that it is no longer the place for my kind of work. I have moved into a workshop in Tottenham from which I now make items to order.
About My belts:
- Crispin personally selects the leather that he uses, which ensures that the items he makes are made from only the very best quality hides.
- Crispin uses only premium full grain, vegetable tanned leather of an approximate thickness of 3 to 3.5mm for his belts
- They are hand made using traditional hand tools and methods
- The edges of the belts are polished and finished with a dressing that prevents fraying and the high quality, solid brass buckles (and nickel plated solid brass buckles) are securely riveted onto the strap with steel double capped rivets.
- Made from 100% full grain, vegetable tanned Leather with a solid brass Buckle and Loop
Belt sizing Advice:
The best way to work out your size is to measure a belt that fits you from the buckle end, excluding the buckle, to the hole you wear it on.
This will be your belt size. If you don’t have a belt, then measure your waist with a tape measure, with your trousers on and passed through the belt loops.
Please don’t give your trouser size as clothing manufacturer’s sizes are often inaccurate.