The Quick Release leather Belt owes its origins to the firemen of yesteryear. During the 'Great Fire of London' we believe, early fire tenders equipped with this type of buckle on straps retaining the coiled leather hoses, utilised its quick release mechanism to free their hoses with speed.
The unique Quick Release Leather Belt, the first one of its’ kind made by Tim Hardy in the mid-nineties but now available from other makers in varying qualities, came about purely by chance when he discovered an old 1” pattern in a market in Ludlow, England. Snapping it up for pennies, he remembered it owed its origins to the firemen of yesteryear when during the 'Great Fire of London' he believes, early fire tenders equipped with this type of buckle on straps retaining the coiled leather hoses, utilised its quick release mechanism to free their hoses with speed. Read more about the origins of the Quick Release Leather Belt
This single hand opening facility has obvious and numerous advantages for a trouser belt and having taken the early pattern to his buckle makers in Walsall asked them initially to recreate them in solid brass 1 ¼” and 1 ½” versions with keepers to match. Later as demand grew from stores including Denime, Nepenthes and many others globally, solid pewter versions were introduced. Now reaching almost iconic status it is still available here from it’s originator made especially to measure for you!!