After Lockdown 2
We will be fully open on Fore Street from 10am on Weds 2nd December for our amazingly beautiful belts, and for all your functional gifting needs!
You can choose from our ranges of elegant cufflinks, watches, pens, braces, bracelets, hip flasks, valet trays, socks, handkerchiefs bags and briefcases.
Please select the image to go straight to the gift shop website!
Shop opening hours: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm
Hello to our patient and valued customers!
For Lockdown 2 our operating hours are Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm.
You can of course order online at any time.
We are offering our usual FREE collect from the shop option.
Local*, next day** delivery by Exeter's own electric cargo bike service, Co Delivery is FREE, from 5th November until Christmas 2020!
- Please note: while the website is being updated, please select 'collect from shop' and add a note at Checkout that you would like the free delivery.
* The area covered by this service is the City of Exeter, west of the M5.
** Bespoke (ie. made to order) belts are not next day delivery! We are still taking orders for Christmas.
Thank you for supporting our independent family business!
Stay safe xx
British Spirit sales for Charity
Our Signature Piece: the British Spirit.
Our British Spirit was born from a time, not unlike this one in many ways. It was inspired by the sense of team spirit that was exhibited by the players, supporters and volunteers that were ‘Team GB’ at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The red, white and blue stitching represents the colours on the British Union Flag or ‘Union Jack’.
When the volunteer Games Makers made the London 2012 Olympics happen, their selfless energy and skills were given so that we could benefit from the history being made. Sound familiar?
We love to make this belt and are very proud of it. The Raise style enables us to safely secure all the start and finish ends for each of the three decorative thread colours on the inside.
Each of the red, the white and the blue stitches - always in that order - are painstakingly hand sewn with a long back stitch, evenly along the full length of each side and around the tip. When done correctly this produces a candy cane style of striping along the inside.
A piece of thinned leather will sit between the two rows of candy stripes and the top layer can then be sewn onto a base piece, producing the raised effect.
A lot of work, as you can appreciate!
Which made us think.
Like those amazing, proud Games Makers of 2012 - but this time with utmost, awe-inspiring bravery - the doctors, nurses and other members of our NHS risk their lives in British Spirit in this historic time of pandemic.
For every bespoke TBM British Spirit Belt sold between now and 30th November 2020, we'd like to donate £25 to NHS Charities.
Can I say that again?
For every bespoke British Spirit sold between now and 30th November 2020, we'd like to donate £25 to NHS Charities.
Order one for yourself, for your partner, for your sibling, your best mate. Together we can repay some of the awe-inspiring workers of the NHS... select image above to see item.
Previous news items
Now fully open
Welcome back to all new The Belt Makers... this time with friends!
As well as our wonderful belts, we now bring you elegant and useful, handmade gifts and accessories, available in store and online!
Follow us on your favourite social media via #TBMandfriends, @TBMandFriends
Full information can be found on the new TBM and Friends website, select the image for details...
... or you can stay with us here. Do it your way!
Thank you for supporting our independent family business.
TBM’s Marie runs London Marathon in Exeter for local charity
I’m not a runner. Never have been. Having been swept along by the atmosphere while watching the 2019 London Marathon in my dressing gown (an annual occurrence) I entered… and in the October learned that I had got in.
My mission is now to raise funds and awareness for the Exeter CITY Community Trust, the charity arm of our very own Exeter City Football Club.
Please check out the info: https://www.tbmandfriends.co.uk/marie-runs-london-marathon-in-exeter-for-local-charity/
or select the picture.
Please give whatever you can!
Thank you ❤️
May the Fourth 2020
Firstly, we would very much like to sincerely say “Thank you” to those who have been so patient with our non-essential goods delivery policy.
As the COVID-19 situation continues we, along with businesses all over the world, have been working on ways to adapt to the ever-evolving situation...
[Please select image for full TBM COVID-19 update page]
There's something new on the horizon
More, elegant and useful, handmade gifts and accessories are now available, in store and online!
Follow us on your favourite social media via #TBMandfriends, @TBMandFriends
TBM's Marie is running for Exeter CITY Community Trust in the London Marathon 2020
Update Sun 15th March 2020
Tackling my first half marathon today in Falmouth, Cornwall. Let's hear it for the Falmouth crowd!
I'm continuing to train for the London Marathon which has been postponed until Sun 4th October 2020 in aid of the Exeter CITY Community Trust and would of course really appreciate any donations you can manage.
Select the Trust logo to go straight to the fundraising page... Thank You Very Much.
Update Fri 10th Jan 2020:
Yes, there was a slight pause in training over Christmas and I've found a bit of ballast at the rear. On my return to training, there's definitely more going on behind than there was before. It's OK, it'll go soon.
I will be sharing more information about the charity I'm running for during the course of the next few months so do sign up to the newsletter to follow progress! If you select the CITY Trust logo image it will take you to the fundraising page and all the info you need is there. Thanks!
Update Thu 31st Oct 2019:
Did my first training run last night. It went OK! See social media for my reward...
I've linked the Virgin Money Giving Page to the 'I'm running' [now the CITY Trust logo] image, it's fully live and ready to receive your immensely kind donations! If you aren't able to donate, please could you very kindly share?
I've always wanted to be part of the London Marathon ever since I first saw it on the telly all those years ago, and now that I have a place, it would be a massively wasted opportunity if I didn't try to raise some money for charity and I can't think of a better charity than the Exeter CITY Community Trust.
Update Fri 25th Oct 2019:
It's Exeter CITY Community Trust!!
Please sign up to the newsletter for all the info and follow our social media, all links below. Thank you!!
Update Weds 23rd Oct 2019, 15:00:
Have spoken to lucky recipient. Full press release to follow.
Update Weds 23rd Oct 2019, 12:50:
The lucky recipient of funds raised has been contacted and a full announcement will follow. Was it your charity, CIC or good cause?
Friday 11th October 2019 - Running the Marathon:
Marie has gained a place in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon.
She's a bit stunned, hasn't run since high school (they were called secondary schools back then), would like to run for a local Exeter cause and is currently inviting nominations for the best local charity, CIC or good cause.
Contact her via email firstname.lastname@example.org or TBM social media (links at bottom of page)
The deadline for nominations is 5pm, this Saturday 19th October, and the decision will be announced next week.
A Virgin Money Giving page will be set up once the decision has been made. Thanks for your support!
We have taken the decision to close our physical shop until further notice.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Any orders placed online will be processed once we are allowed back into work.
You can follow our most up to date news by searching #TBMTheBeltMakers on your favourite social media.
You can also sign up to our newsletter at https://mailchi.mp/365a7e7b4b28/tbmthebeltmakers-newsletter-signup to keep up to date with our future plans.
Stay safe friends
Stay at home
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Yellow Trims Collection
A bold and bright edge and thread colour, teamed up with three beautifully contrasting leather colours.
If born in the Year of the Rat, it is said that your lucky colours are Blue, Gold and Green...
Now available to order online. Select the pic to go straight there
TBM are Moving
Next chapter begins... we now have the keys to our new, bigger, Fore Street shop!
Work has already begun (slowly!) on the interior and we'll post updates as we go. We're looking forward to holding the Grand Opening in a few weeks.
Be sure to sign up to the newsletter for all the latest information; please select the image to go straight to the sign up page...
The busiest time of the year...
Sign up to the newsletter for all the latest info regarding our upcoming move and Marie's London Marathon charity training run progress
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Teal Trims Collection
A contemporary coordination of limited edition Teal coloured edge and thread, combined with three of our most deserving leather colours.
Now available to order online... select the pic to go straight there
Bespoke, handmade, full grain English leather belts
For the best in handmade leather belts, look no further.
Our shop on Fore Street (and our chalet at the Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market) contains everything you need for the new perfect belt partner for the most important people in your life.
Choose your leather colour, buckle, edge and thread colours and even if the size isn't right, we'll change it for you after Christmas.
You can also buy gift vouchers so they can pick for themselves!
Experience bespoke belt ordering today, instore or online.
UPDATE: 20th November 2019
Please note that we are now fully booked for Christmas bespoke orders. Any further orders taken cannot be guaranteed to be ready before Christmas.
Stock belts are still available.
You can also purchase gift vouchers instore at a discounted rate.
Christmas & New Year Hours
Normal hours right up to Christmas Eve
(Tue-Sat, 10am-3pm up to and including Tue 24th Dec 2019
Closed from Christmas Day (Wed 25th Dec) through New Year
Reopen normal hours Wed 8th Jan 2020
Do sign up to our newsletter, follow our social media and keep an eye on our website as we have some very exciting news to share with you soon.
Don't miss it!
Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market 2019
We are open at the market until 9pm tonight.
*Friday 29 Nov is our last day*
The hugely popular Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market is of course back for the festive period.
Open on Cathedral Green from Sat 16 Nov til Thu 19th Dec inclusive, we will have a chalet for the first two weeks, from Sat 16th to Fri 29th Nov, where you can choose from our wonderful selection in the seasonal surroundings of lights and sparkle. Visit us, to the right of the Nativity at the foot of the steps in front of the Cathedral.
Select image for more Market info...
Fore Street Festive Flea and Lantern Parade
This year there is no high profile celebrity switching on this city's Christmas lights... instead we are celebrating the city itself, the community of people who make Exeter what it is.
Be part of it, your city's Five Nights of Lights!
Sunday 17th November sees the grand finale to the Five Nights. Join in the lantern making workshop and then bring it on the parade through the Fore Street Festive Flea, where you will find street food, indie craft, vintage gift shopping, live music throughout the day, and more, culminating in the grand, final switch on.
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Slow Fashion Show
THE SLOW FASHION SHOW ORGANISED BY SANCHO’S
SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 6:30PM – 9PM
Back for a second year, is Exeter’s flagship fashion event, Slow Fashion, a champion event for the slow fashion movement returning on Saturday 21st September.
Organised by Sancho’s Shop this fashion forward event focuses on sustainable, environmentally conscious, innovative fashion. Set beneath the gothic arches of Exeter’s Cathedral, the event will host a series of talks and workshops and will welcome over 500 guests for an evening showcasing the very best of independent fashion available to buy in the city from the many Independent shop and designers.
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Vintage Fashion Show
#EFBW: THE VINTAGE FASHION SHOW PRESENTED BY FROCKS IN SWING TIME
THURSDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 7PM – 10PM
New for 2019 Exeter Fashion and Beauty week will include an incredible ‘Vintage Fashion Show.’
The event will include styles from the 20s, 40s and 50s with women’s fashion from Frocks in Swing Time and men’s fashion from The Real McCoy and Zebel Bespoke. With real models spanning the generations and a variety of body shapes and sizes the event will be inclusive and a great way for people keen to try out vintage styles.
Pop-up beauty, hair and styling advice and products will be on hand, with hair styling from The Den, fantastic bespoke headwear from milliner Rivka Jacobs and more. Nightingale Music will also be on hand to entertain with vocals from Terrie May McNulty to create a truly vintage experience.
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Fore Street Flea
Sunday 15 September 2019
12pm - 4pm
ANTIQUES and COLLECTABLES
It’s back! The Fore Street Flea is returning to Exeter on Sunday 15th September, 12pm – 4pm.
Save the date in your diary for an afternoon of street food, beautiful bargains, entertainment and more, whilst celebrating Exeter’s Independent West Quarter. It’s the perfect chance to discover the array of unique independent retailers that Fore Street has to offer at our car free flea market day!
Find some thrift fashion and be ready for #EFBW, starting Monday!
If you are a maker, artist or vintage and flea trader who is interested in being a stall holder at this event, please click the image (opens in same window).
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 on us at Salon Privé (opens in same window) and for the countdown to the show itself, please copy and paste: https://www.salonpriveconcours.com/
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.
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
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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!
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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 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...
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...
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.
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
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
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!
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
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 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...
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!
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?
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
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
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.