THESE ELASTIC ANDERSON’S BELTS CHANGED MY LIFE.

 

Like every young Sartorialist, I know that I’m supposed to wear my pants at my waist and not on my hips like jeans. However, every leather belt I’ve bought never stays in place at my waist – it always slips down my hips, which totally changes the silhouette of the pants that I so carefully articulated to my tailor. For years, I’ve found myself yanking my pants up to the right spot every time I stand up.

 

I seriously considered suspenders, but I’m just not a suspenders guy. I love that suspenders work and I do wear them with my three-piece suits because I like how the vest hides them.

 

The day my life changed was at French Trotter in Paris where I found these belts. I had seen elastic belts before, but they’ve always been too thick and chunky. This particular version of Anderson’s are much thinner and, like a good pair of suspenders, they just work. They comfortably keep my pants in the right spot, no matter how much I’ve eaten or how much weight I’ve lost. These belts live with you…. and they accept you.

 

Unfortunately, I have not been able to find this exact model of Anderson’s, not even at French Trotter. I’m making a public plea to any and all menswear retailers: Do us all a favor and figure out a way to get these belts back in stores. Sartorialists around the world will thank you.

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  1. Greg

    October 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm

  2. Kimberly

    October 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    http://www.menlook.com, not sure if they have the exact style you want, but they have them!

  3. Mafalda

    October 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Wish they did the same for women!
    Mafalda ❤
    http://www.mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr

    • Claire

      November 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Hi Mafalda,

      I do! I don’t normally flog product in comments sections, but I really can help here :) We make a flat, stretchy, adjustable belt that still looks classy, and we’re working on a men’s version too. We stand up for fair garment labour, and ship everywhere. I started the business – it’s Flatter:Me Belts (www.flattermebelts.com). Hope it’s what you’re looking for!

  4. Cory Scott

    October 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Show us a Picture of you wearing it! I can’t really picture what it actually looks like
    http://www.thedeepbluecory.com
    Xoxo! Cory

  5. theKacar

    October 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    People underestimate how useful a good belt can be. Once you find a good one, I recommend you buy in bulks!

    http://thekacar.com

  6. Alessia

    October 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    simply chic!
    TheChicolat

  7. Steve

    October 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    It’s still in production..
    The second slide on the website shows them..

    You could email them..

    http://www.andersonheritage.it/contact.html

    Let me know wh has them cause the do look really nice..

  8. Jill

    October 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I’d love to see them for women too! Especially for belting dresses which… my jeans belt is always too big for cinching in the tiny part of my waist on dresses and high-waisted skirts.

  9. NBI

    October 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Such a timeless, and remarkable belt buckle! Love the timeless colors too!

  10. Bernadette

    October 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Scott, so great of you to share the finer points – they make all the difference. I spend a lot of my days fine tuning clients’ wardrobe requirements and requests not just for look but also for long day wearing comfort … now lets find the female version. Thanks and regards, B

  11. Nansosi

    October 22, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Scott, find a way to get these belts back into stores yourself! (I mean this in the best possible way — take a look here.)

    http://www.amazon.com/One-Simple-Idea-Licensing-Goldmine/dp/0071756159/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=27VWC30JXZX4O&coliid=I23U1MLTBXYD3S

  12. ChamaFashion

    October 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    They’re beautiful!
    XO CHAMAFASHION
    http://www.chamafashion.com/

  13. SkJ

    October 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Scott, I swear by these belts. Try http://www.numbersixlondon.com/ they have the woven textile version at least.

  14. BethS

    October 22, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    NEED these!

  15. simon

    October 23, 2013 at 5:12 am

    English bridal leather and guards stripe, also in navy. This is what I’d use.

  16. Jmac

    October 23, 2013 at 7:07 am

    We carry these belts in our stores in Tasmania. They are fantastic!

    • Tess

      January 3, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Hi, what is the name of your store? I would love to get one for my husband. We’re from Melbourne…

  17. Anonymous

    October 23, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    So much work goes into a great look that we only notice how great it looks, not the details. Thanks Scott.

  18. Dani G

    October 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Not sure if they have the exact style you’re after but there’s a few options on Mr Porter. I have a couple of they’re woven leather and suede offering and the quality is exceptional.

    http://www.mrporter.com/Shop/Designers/Andersons

  19. Martine

    October 23, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Its very possible Anderson’s doesn’t use that weave any longer. I can see how much thinner the weave is then anything they have on their website. That is a real b*tch though when you grow to depend on a product, and wham! They decide to discontinue.

  20. Marlie

    October 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Love the post- email me would love to connect!

  21. p.

    October 28, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Try the Tod’s greca belt..it’s elastic belt..
    http://store.tods.com/Tods/IT/Categorie/Shop-Uomo/Accessori/Cinture/c/235-Tods

  22. mister g

    October 29, 2013 at 10:56 am

    These belts changed me from looking like a low slung teenager to my rightful 37 years over night.

  23. Tuomo

    October 31, 2013 at 4:54 am

    We had this particular style in our collection this season. At the moment it is unfortunately sold out. But no worries, reorder is already done.
    So when you come to Helsinki you can find these from our store. Or tell me your size and I´ll drop you one or two in Florence next January…

  24. Jeff

    October 31, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Hey Scott, here’s a link to the exact model – http://www.thearmourystore.com/belts/anderson-s-b0611-d-ring-textile-belt-red-8725

    If you’re looking for a place to get them in NY, then you’ll just have to be patient for about another 3 weeks. We’re opening up in New York come December and would love to have you come by to check out the store.

    Jeff

  25. alechko

    November 4, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Scott, might I suggest the Tod’s greco elasticated belt as a good alternative. I have two and find them perfect for keeping my jeans and chinos up. The interlocking leather clasp is pretty natty too…

    http://www.tods.com/uk/greca-belt-with-leather-clasp

  26. Mark

    November 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    None of the suggested alternatives seem to be quite a good as the one(s) you are looking for, a good belt is indeed hard to find. And on top of that you are quite right about getting the right size, tricky indeed. There is also the summer belt problem i.e. something lighter both in colour and weight.

  27. harrison

    November 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    available at any Harry Rosen in Canada

  28. JP

    November 10, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Trunk’s belts are made by Anderson’s http://www.trunkclothiers.com/brands/trunk

  29. Piero Sacchi

    November 14, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    We usualy sell this belt in elastic wool in winter and elastic Cotton in summer not only in monocolor but also bicolor ……wery confortable these belts are also snob….

  30. Caitlin

    November 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    A wide selection of the Anderson’s stretch belts can be found here:

    http://korvue.shophaberdash.com/products/?section=302&tAction=Search&brid=1335

    Online as well as in store in Chicago!

  31. James Loose

    March 18, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Hello Sartorialist, Firstly great blog, I’m an avid reader but would rather lurk then post comments, however, after reading this article and finding the Worcestershire Leather Company, I’m sure if you where to contact them they can help source you or even make your own Anderson stretch belt, perhaps they could even make there own version of it.

    I Would highly recommend checking them out, I have ordered several bridle leather belts with them and they simple to die for. The main guy you need to ask for is Tim Hardy, I think he is the owner and well he must be as he has always promptly answered my every question personally.

    Cant recommend them enough.

    Regards
    James.

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