Design Your Own Belt with Elliot Rhodes!


Every so often, an idea comes along that is so ingenious that you wonder why no one has thought of it before. Designing your own belt is one such an idea, and Elliot Rhodes has come up trumps with their bespoke leather belt and buckle service.


Design Your Own Belt with Elliot Rhodes - Luxury ColumnistI love anything customized, so was delighted to be invited by Elliot Rhodes to try their service and choose a belt from the thousands that they have on offer. Apparently when Justin Elliot Rhodes, the founder, opened his first store in 2004, people said he was crazy. However it has become one of the most successful independent retailers in the UK, with three central London stores. Covent Garden opened in 2004, followed in 2008 by the Chelsea store in Duke of York Square and St Christopher’s Place in 2011. They now have a store in Osaka, Japan and their belts can also be found in several department stores and independent shops.

Elliot Rhodes belts
All the belts are designed in the UK and made exclusively for them in Spain and Italy by skilled craftsmen, using traditional belt-making techniques. What is really unique is their interchangeable system, allowing you to switch buckles whenever you feel like it.

Elliot Rhodes belt buckles
And the customization doesn’t stop there as you can also choose one of 500 belt straps of your preferred colour, material and width. The helpful lady in their Duke of York Square store was so patient while I dithered over my selection. Apparently it’s only the regular customers who know straight away what they want! There are a few points to consider when purchasing a bespoke belt – firstly, how will you wear it, on your waist or at your hips or both? Would you like a short belt tip or a longer one? Elliot Rhodes size to the first of the 3 holes as standard but for bigger buckles they can size a bit longer as it gives a better look to the belt. The belts generally come with three holes, however for internet orders they punch an extra hole for greater size flexibility.

Elliot Rhodes personalised belt
Once you’ve decided on the belt itself, you then choose from over 800 buckles! There are many hidden away in drawers as the selection is so vast. They’re  designed in house and sourced globally from France, Italy,  the UK and USA. Buckle making is a very artisanal trade, as the original designs are sculpted by hand in wax, giving  each buckle its own unique look. The prices are surprisingly reasonable with many under £30.

Elliot Rhodes Chelsea
I found this crocodile buckle rather funky though in the end I opted for something in keeping with this season’s boho vibe…

Elliot Rhodes belt buckle
…A stunning turquoise cabochon buckle, teamed with a deep brown suede belt.

Elliot Rhodes turquoise buckle
I just happened to have a blouse that matched it perfectly. Here I am at the newly renovated Wallace Collection, it’s a must visit if you haven’t been.

Elliot Rhodes style
And here is the belt again at nearby Home House private member’s club. If you’re wondering where the first shot was taken, I could tell you but I’d have to kill you…just joking, it’s a secret garden in Regent’s Park.

Elliot Rhodes fashion shoot
The belts really do make the perfect Christmas gift, and they also have a great selection of wallets, card and passport holders. Let’s hope Mr Luxe is not reading this as I know he’s got his eye on a horse’s head buckle and they’ve already noted down his belt measurements for me ;-). Duke of York Square is a brilliant place to go gift shopping and you can refuel afterwards at Gallery Mess at the Saatchi Gallery.

Elliot Rhodes gift wrapping
Check out the Elliot Rhodes collection online and in store. What do you think of this service?

  • These look cool! I like the one you chose

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • Thanks Candice, I’m very pleased with it and Mr Luxe bought me a second one with tortoiseshell that I can’t wait to try

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    Definitely an innovative idea, and I love turquoise embellishments.
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

    • I’d noticed the shop before but I never realized they did personalized belts! Maybe they should say so on the outside of the store, it would attract even more people

  • Danielle

    I would like to have a customized belt! Yours is really pretty; I love the combination of colors! Have a great week!

    Danielle
    http://www.spring2spring.com

    • I should get a lot of use out of that buckle, it looked great with so many colours of belt

  • Kia / house of KTS

    Wow, I absolutely love the complete concept of making your own belt. It allows you to be creative in so many ways. I just love how your belt looks as well. It complete brings out the outfit more. Love this Suze.

    Kia / KTS
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  • Such a cool idea! I also like customized pieces, so I’d certainly find my luck with all the available belt options.

    http://www.LUXESSED.com

    • I couldn’t believe how many belts and buckles there are, and you can even ask for a bespoke buckle to be designed for an additional cost

  • That’s pretty cool. Too bad I never wear belts or I’d try!

    http://www.mademoiselleaventure.com

    • I really like belts, they’re great when you want to ring the changes with an outfit

  • Olivia Muller

    I love that shirt! Also such a cool belt idea!

    -Olivia

    Miss Olivia Says

  • wow that is such a cool concept! love your belt 🙂

    ♥ Ellen

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  • Your belt is stunning! I love the turquoise buckle!

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  • Thats so cool you can design your own belt, love the gator one

    xo

    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

    • The gator one is very cute, I’d definitely be tempted by that one too

  • Peet

    You’re right!! That IS such a genius idea, why hasn’t it been thought of before?? But thank God it’s been done now, right?:) And I love that there are so many options – 500 straps, 800 buckles?? Belt heaven. Or a hell for the indecisive ones.:D

    • I took absolutely ages choosing, thank goodness they were patient!

  • Paola

    Cool idea… amazing store!!!
    I love your embellished belt!!!!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  • I’ve been past that store several times and have always thought it wasn’t my style … until I saw you rocking that gorgeous turquoise!! Definitely a great place for a gift, as you say, or a statement piece! Yours looks amazing on you.

    • I’m not so keen on the normal buckle style, I like a covered buckle like the one I chose but there were quite a few of those to pick from

  • This is a cute idea and there are so many variations you can go for. Pretty cool!

    Lu | http://www.balgarka.co.uk

  • What a clever idea – love that turquoise buckle!

    • It was the one that I was first drawn to, so I went with my instinct

  • Lucy

    What a great idea and you picked a lovely colour that perfectly matches your outfit. I used to have custom belts as a teenager I loved changing the buckles Lucy x

    • It’s a lot of fun changing the buckles, I’m definitely going back for more!

  • So cool, great way to add a little custom touches to your wardrobe!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • It would be great for holidays too, you could just bring different buckles and ring the changes!

  • Wow, this is amazing! I love the idea of customizing my own belt and I love the one you designed, so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have an amazing day, lovely!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

  • These are stunning! I love that there’s a million combinations! The suede ones look so rich and soft, I would choose one of those

    http://Leftbankgirl.blogspot.com

    • There were some interesting looking leathers but I agree, the suede ones were so lovely

  • Kate

    What a lovely idea! I’d make a real statement waist belt I think to go with jumper dresses. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • That’s a great Idea Kate, some of the animal belts made a fantastic statement

  • Corinne C

    Ohh I love the belt. The colour is lovely 🙂

    Corinne x
    http://www.skinnedcartree.com

    • Thanks Corinne, there were some really stunning colours to choose from

  • Vanessa D’Orazio

    It is such a cool idea to create your own belt, yours came out stunning!

  • Ellie Adams

    What a fab idea, I absolutely love anything personalised/customised, definitely need to check this out!

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

  • You’re right, the belts would make wonderful Christmas gifts! I can imagine how lovely the passport covers would be too 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • The passport covers were very stylish, and I love the orange packaging for all of their gifts

  • This is such an amazing idea! Need to check this out for sure 🙂

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic – Personal Style, Beauty and Lifestyle

    • I know, clever isn’t it – looking forward to reading your Poland post

  • Lizlizo

    This is so cool. I love the idea of a customizable belt!

    – Liz LIzo
    http://www.LizLizo.com

  • Kelly M

    Pretty interesting service.. I love how you can choose the buckles and the type of texture. Thank you for telling me that you could not find my recent posts easily. What happened is I actually added a few more tabs to my site and yes there will be some trial and error time. Let me know if you have any other ideas/suggestions as I appreciate making my readers happy!

    XOXO
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    • Will do Kelly, always love reading your blog. I’ve also added a tab recently to my posts with a photo of similar articles.

  • WhatWouldVWear

    This is so cool! Love the idea of designing your own belt! Yours looks great!

    xoxo, Vanessa

    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.net

    • Thanks Vanessa, I’ve been getting a lot of wear out of my belt

  • JOURNAL OF STYLE

    Love your boho choice, Suze! It goes perfectly with your blouse. Adore that crocodile one as well!

    Ira / JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

    • I might well be tempted by the croc too, though think I’d need to wear it with quite a plain outfit

      • JOURNAL OF STYLE

        Agree with you, it would look fabulous with minimalistic kind of style.
        Have a relaxing weekend, Suze!

        xoxo

  • I love the idea of designing your own product with a brand, it really gets you engaged with a brand. I love the pretty belt here and ideal for Christmas presents that’s for sure. You look lovely Suze as always http://www.shehearts.net xx

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