“When I tell people there are at least a hundred steps in the production of one of our belts, they don’t believe me,” says Anderson’s CEO Riccardo Valenti. “A suit or shoe, yes. But a belt?”
Of course, you don’t have to do it the Anderson’s way. You could cut down on the ruthless culling of inferior hides. You could cut back on the hand-shaping, trimming, die-cutting, die-stamping, methodical stab-stitching, loose-thread sealing and hand-finishing and polishing using hard natural wax. And you could start by not spending up to six months naturally tanning your hides with oak barks and natural tannins.