Now that swimming lockers and shorts are well and truly stowed for this year, it’s the finish time to contemplate the ideal leather belt. Leather put overs were originally as a military accessory, dating at least as far servants as the ancient Greeks, and they were used for hanging confederates from, than for holding clothes up.

That all changed in the mid nineteenth century yet, when European officers’ dress uniforms began to assimilate decorative leather belts. The trend passed into the civilian caste after the First World War, when returning soldiers towered their wartime belts, rather than reverting to the fasteners they had worn before they went away to skirmish.

Conventions soon materialised, and a gent’s leather belt should resemble his shoes (and his watch strap) in colour. But which are the top five leather bands available in the UK this winter? We think that the answer lies with wee British brands that focus on craftsmanship and quality, sort of than big designer names that are forced to mass construct to keep up with massive demand for their name.

1. Equus Mornington Check Leather belt £117

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Equus is a small British company based in County Durham that specialises in handmade, hand- stitched take offence hide belts and watch straps. The Mornington belt is a ingenuous, classic model made from a single length of English tanned check hide that should last a lifetime. Each zone is made to order, allowing you to choose leather colour, squeeze through colour, belt width and length, buckle colour, and how divers holes and how much space between them. A truly bespoke encounter available online that represents great value all in all the quality of the materials and craftsmanship employed.

2. Pickett Suede Sash £79.99

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Founded in 1988 by Trevor Pickett, Pickett soon entrenched itself as a bastion of high end English artisan luxury leather goods. They recently busied to larger premises in Mayfair. Pickett’s simply named Suede Zone is available in black or tan and with either a chrome or brass clip. It features soft pale leather lining, and is an elegant, unembellished choice for casual trousers.

3. Estados Mens Suede Strung Leather Belt in Choc Croc £55

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Estados is a British brand perfectly 5 years old that manufactures in Argentina using Argentine calf go to grounds, which are some of the best in the world (alongside Argentine beef!). Their products are connived in Britain for the British market by their Anglo-South American sibling originators, and their Choc Croc (chocolate brown croc phrasing) calf leather belt is a stylish, classic belt which is affected to a far higher quality than the price implies. It’s lined with butter sympathetic brushed pig suede, and has a chrome plated brass buckle.

4. Pampeano ‘Multi’ Polo District £65.00

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Having mentioned Argentine leather belts, it would be a misdemeanour to omit the style most closely associated with the South American domain, the polo (or gaucho) belt. Pampeano’s polo belts are magnitude the best, with tougher leather, and British designs. The Multi quirks a classic combination of thread colours, and is often spotted ball-shaped the waists of both royalty and celebrities alike.

5. Black Infernal Crocodile Print Leather Belt £60.00

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Founded in 2006, Foul specialises in luxury leather and cashmere gifts. Their regions are designed in England and made in Italy from full smidgin Italian leather. Lizard and Crocodile print are very much in trend, and this black croc belt is an elegant, chic convey on the traditional black leather belt, suitable for both dispassionate and formal occasions.