TBM Events...


TBM go to Salon Privé

TBM on Tour

There's a lot of making going on at the home of TBM at the moment... we have a good sized space to fill with our stunning creations at the Salon Privé Concours d'Elégance on the South Lawn at Blenheim Palace from 5th - 8th September 2019.

We are creating new ranges to take along; of course we will have our recently launched ZEEK collaboration Carbon Fibre range and, if that wasn't enough, we will have a brand new, limited edition colour scheme which we are launching at the event itself.

We will need to shut the shop from 3rd to 7th September so that we can travel to and assemble our stand according to the requirements at Salon Privé; we are very sorry if this extra closure causes any inconvenience! Please contact us if it does and we'll do our best to help.

In the meantime, please do keep an eye on our social media (links below) and sign up to our newsletter to be among the first to hear all the info on the very latest products that will be released online, instore and at Salon Privé.

Select the image for more info (opens in same window)


Shop holiday

We are taking our Summer break from Saturday 10th - Saturday 17th August inclusive; during this time the shop and office will be closed.

We are sorry if this causes any inconvenience. Please be assured that web sales, emails and social media messages will be actioned on our return and we wish everyone a lovely summer holiday of your own.

We re-open at 10am, Tuesday 20th August.

Thank you!

Previous events...

ZEEK® and TBM's Carbon Fibre and Leather Belts

ZEEK® and TBM's Carbon Fibre and Leather Belts

ZEEK® and The Belt Makers have combined technology and tradition to bring you the ultimate in carbon fibre and leather belts.

The exceptionally light weight and superb strength of the 100% aerospace grade carbon fibre is beautifully exploited in the buckles and keepers of a completely unique range of flexible and strong, handmade, English leather belts.

The same gorgeous surface finish as the buckle and keepers is found on the carbon inlay, created by moulding together just two layers of carbon fibre. Thanks to this material's impressive properties, the inlay is not only as flexible as the leather but also strong and durable enough to withstand the rigours of everyday use.

Why buy a carbon fibre belt?

The superb properties of carbon fibre lend themselves naturally to the form and function of belt materials. A good, strong and lightweight belt buckle can be hard to find, but a carbon fibre buckle is both strong and lightweight; making it easy to handle, comfortable to wear and useful to those with any metal allergy. Such a belt will take up less of your luggage weight restriction or you could wear it all the way through that metal-detecting security scanner, as even the tongue-bearing heel bar is made from a clever little carbon fibre rod.

Select the image to see the full range.


TBM and ZEEK Carbon Fibre and Leather Belts: Official Launch Experience

Click on pic for free ticket link and more info (opens in same window)


The simple story of the beauty of bringing together these two such opposite yet complimentary raw materials is brought to you, directly by the makers themselves, on Thursday 4th July.

Join us for refreshments, the launch presentation, demo, Q and A, shopping opportunity and the chance to discover a little more about our stunning venue, St Nicholas Priory.

Doors open 6pm, free admission

Alternatively, click/select/copy and paste here:

Exeter Pride 2019 special offer

Exeter Pride 2019

In partnership with Exeter Pride 2019 organisers, we are offering to supply a belt strap of your choice for your Pride style belt buckle, at a discount *worth the cost of this year's annual membership discount card.

The card offers deals and discounts at a number of sites across the city and costs £10 for the year.

Order your belt strap in store or online and use coupon code PRIDE2019 for your discount. Exeter Pride is on Sat 11 May but this offer will also be available for the rest of the year. There are plenty more Pride events on the calendar!

Click on the pic to view the item...

Spring holiday 2019

Spring holiday 2019

The Exeter shop is closed from Tue 9th - Sat 13th April 2019

Open as normal from Tue 16th April (Tue-Sat, 10am-3pm)


The website is always open! Please bear with us for stock item dispatching and email responses as these will be actioned on our return.


Mother's Day gift ideas

Mother's Day 2019

Is anyone thinking about Mother's Day yet?
We probably should... do you think they'd like this?
In a gift box?

This, and a few others, in stock now, in store and online!

Click on the pic to see this belt...

ELA 2019 sticker

We did it again!

What a lovely surprise! For the second year running we have made it into the Finals for the Exeter Living Awards. We are incredibly proud and humbled to think that we are worthy, especially given the calibre of the other businesses in our category.

Exeter Living is particularly proud of this year's awards; ''The Exeter Living Awards are the business highlight of the city. These are the most prestigious, most tightly contested Awards with the greatest number of local companies involved. Winning an Exeter Living Award is a powerful accolade.''

The Winner will be announced at the Awards ceremony during the evening of 7th March so please keep your fingers crossed for us!

Do follow us on our social media (links at the bottom of every page) to be among the first to know...

Open in the snow

Snow information

We were pleased to be able to open as usual on Friday 1st February, snow notwithstanding.

If the weather is extreme, please only travel if safe to do so and we'll keep you updated with our opening hours.

Please follow our social media for the most up to date announcements; links are at the bottom of every page.

Thank you!

Christmas hours 2018

Upcoming Christmas break

Thank you for supporting our independent, family business!

The shop and office will close for Christmas at 3pm Saturday 22nd December for a well earned break! We reopen at 10am Tuesday January 8th.

Of course, the website is always open and you can browse and buy on there as usual; we'll respond as soon as we can from 8th January.

Thank you so much for visiting and shopping with us and we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

~ Mark, Marie, Gus and Robin

Classic Belt in Orange and Yellow

Nearly gone...

Classic Belt in Orange and Yellow
(please click on photo)

Autumn: Classic Belt in Conker and Red

Nearly gone...

Autumn: Classic Belt in Conker and Red
(please click on photo)

TBM Gift Vouchers

Gift Voucher Sale

Thank you so much to all our lovely customers who have placed their orders in time for the festive season... now it's time to gift in a different way.

The joy of walking in through the shop door and being gently caressed by the heavenly scent of leather can be purchased, for a limited time, at a discount!

Taking the time to browse the leather colours available and picking the perfect buckle to compliment it is all part of a beautifully memorable experience. The style of belt, and the edge and thread colours... will they match the leather? Compliment? Contrast? These are all important choices, and each person you buy for probably likes something different.

Why not buy them this experience? These TBM Gift Vouchers will come with a free set of stock leather colour samples to spark the imagination, and we look forward to welcoming the lucky recipient into the store... or to the website.

Available in-store and online. Purchase before midnight on Wednesday 19th December 2018 for 10% off and we will add the code to the website so that, if the scent of leather in the shop itself is not required, purchases can be made online!

At checkout, please use code 2018GIFT10

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Please click on the picture or use links above: SHOP - GIFT VOUCHERS

Christmas 2018

Christmas orders!

Please take care to place your Christmas orders as early as possible, in order to guarantee your place in our bookings diary.

TBM Friends can use their online discount code until midnight 30th November - see email!

If you are not yet a TBM Friend, why not create an account? You can be our friend when you select 'yes' to receiving the occasional newsletter. We don't bombard your inbox, just send you news when it's relevant. News might include a discount code for a sales event, so what's there to lose? See you soon!

Meet the Maker!

Meet the Maker!

On Sunday 18 November, between 11am and 5pm, you are invited to meet our National Award winning Belt Maker, Mark Buckfield!

We'll bring the magic of the Belt Maker's bench to the Fore Street shop, where you can attend one of several demos throughout the day to see how our belts are made. You will have the chance to ask Mark questions and even discuss your own ideas.

There will also be special offers, mince pies and a free prize draw for your chance to win one of our Bespoke Border Belts*!

This event is free and booking is not required, however, if you would like to contact us in advance, please feel free to do so.
Shop hours are Tue-Sat, 10am-3pm
147 Fore Street, Exeter, EX4 3AN
01392 499924

This event is running alongside the Exeter Christmas Lights Switch On 2018 full day event, for more info see https://www.inexeter.com/exeterchristmaslightsswitchon/

*The prize belt is worth £225 (up to belt size 48 inches) or £289.99 (up to belt size 72 inches). No cash alternatives, just this gift boxed belt as the prize. Belt example can be viewed at https://www.thebeltmakers.com/TBM-Vibe-2-Border

Dining Belts coming to the website!

Dining Belts NEW to the website!

A small but mighty, and quite cheeky, piece of sturdy elastic is stitched into place behind the buckle, providing just a little bit of 'give' where one might need it most! We are, of course, thinking weddings and other important occasions, where one might be socially required to finish that special meal, that the family and friends have so carefully and thoughtfully provided. Well, it would be rude not to...

Bending and lifting a lot through the course of the day, could also be made a touch more comfortable with a belt of this design.

Our new web launch discount code can be used on these; just enter NEW10 at the checkout!

Let's go shopping...

Fore Street Flea! Sun 23 Sept 2018

Event Cancelled...

A message from the organisers:

Due to weather conditions the Fore Street Flea Sept 23rd will no longer take place on Sunday 23rd September. This decision has been made by the organisers due to the health and safety of both stakeholders and customers.

Should stall holders wish to be refunded, this can be collected from Monday 24th September from Willow Hilson, Vintage Boutique on Fore Street. If you do not collect your refund within 14 days this will be donated to Exeter Foodbank
Indie Exeter are very excited to launch the 2nd Fore Street Flea of 2018, on Sunday 23rd September from 12-4pm.
The forecast is wet so Bring a Brolly and expect a fabulous range of gazebo stall holders including bric-à-brac, craft, plants, a wonderful array of food along with a vintage car display and much more!
A [moving] car free Fore Street is a wonderful thing, so come and enjoy a community day on this wonderful street; our shop and many others will be open!
To book a stall:
Pop into Rivka Jacobs Millinery on New Bridge Street
We can't wait to see you!

Win a prize!

TODAY! Sat 15th Sep

Guess the name of the Cabin Boy and you could win a prize! It's 50p a go, in aid of the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) for Exeter Pirate Day, a week on Saturday. Quick, pop instore before all the best names are taken!

There's a chance to win a bottle of bubbly (that's for the grown ups) or a pirate playset consisting of a treasure chest with a bit of loot and a convertible book/playmat/ship (for the not so grown ups).

Exeter Pirate Day falls on September 15th this year, when the local pirate fraternity come out to play in the City Centre and collect kind donations for the RNLI in return for a shanty or three. You can help give them a head start by trying your luck in this competition.

Pop instore to exchange a Piece of Eight (or 50p) for a chance to win. The list of names to choose from is inside and our Cabin Boy is looking forward to seeing you!

New Website Launched! Discount, anyone?

New Website Launched! Discount, anyone?

We have been working on our new website for around a year and we hope you think it's been worth it! To celebrate the hours and hours of hard work by all the team we are offering customers 10% off all purchases for a limited time only!! Use Discount Code NEW10 at the checkout.

As before, PayPal payments are a great way to keep your card details safe and secure (you don't need a PayPal account).

Once the Bank Holiday is over we anticipate that our new Worldpay payment facility will be up and running which is a terrific addition to the site.

Happy shopping... and remember to use your Discount Code NEW10!

Office and Exeter Fore Street Shop Summer Holiday

Office and Exeter Fore Street Shop Summer Holiday

The Belt Makers is a family business and will be taking a brief holiday from August 11th to August 18th inclusive.

All other hours remain the same and the website will be open for business throughout.

If you have any enquiries, please drop us a line and we'll action it on our return.

Thanks very much for supporting our independent business!

The Belt Makers at Exeter Christmas Market

The Belt Makers at Exeter Christmas Market

Exeter's hugely popular Christmas market on Cathedral Green will, for the first time, be operated by Exeter Cathedral themselves. This year, focusing on the West Front of the Cathedral, the market still has a ‘Continental’ feel but also enables customers to support local businesses and performers.

An exciting mix of local and continental traders, showcasing the best of festive food, crafts and gifts, will be open for the full market duration.

The Exeter Business Improvement District (BID) contains over 640 businesses and this year the Exeter BID teamed up with the Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market to enable local business to operate at the market for a limited trading period, in the 'BID Village'. We are one of them and are very excited to be part of it. As ever, we will be able to accept cash, cards (including American Express) and of course the Exeter Pound, which only local independent businesses are able to be part of.

The Fore Street shop will be open as well during 2-17th December but will need to close between 12-1pm for changeover! Sorry for any inconvenience... we are happy to arrange for you to collect orders from us at the market, do please just let us know.