Small Castle belts are made using buckles from a small family foundry in the heart of England, cast in small batches, then hand finished. An elegantly simple whole buckle design, with a shape that allows the leather to sit flatter to the body, this is also helped by having slots punched in the leather rather than the usual round holes. They come from the foundry with no coatings, so each one will gently age to a darker colour and develop a patina over time.

The Foundry itself was set up in 1832 as Stanley Brothers in Walsall as an equestrian lorinery foundry, producing horse bits and metal work for harnesses. It is still keeping the British saddlery and associated trades alive by supplying niche products to those manufacturers requiring the more traditional low volume fixings and fastenings. They were awarded a Royal Warrant in 1995 for their quality goods manufactured in the foundry.


Rachel Lovatt