Belstaff is a brand steeped in history, with a heritage that reaches right back to 1924 and which has spanned World Wars, world records and countless hours on the race track. If you think this is just another British brand, think again, because Belstaff embodies more than just a trend or two. The Belstaff heritage is built upon British innovation, determination and a dedication to supplying leathers that go above and beyond fashion. Here are five things you probably didn’t know about Belstaff, the brand that combines fashion and function better than anyone else around.

Belstaff’s cult celebrity following has spanned the decades

Belstaff’s celebrity following reaches far and wide, from pioneering aviatrixes Amy Johnson and Amelie Earhart to Lawrence of Arabia in the 1930s, to Steve McQueen, who apparently turned down a date with the drop dead gorgeous Ali McGraw in favour of spending his evening waxing his Trialmaster jacket. In more recent years, fans of the iconic leathers have ranged from Naomi Campbell, who described her Trialmaster as ‘like a second skin’ to David Beckham, who counts many a Belstaff piece amongst his extensive and carefully curated collection of vintage moto jackets. The footballer-cum-fashion icon even worked with Belstaff to create his own capsule line Beckham for Belstaff.

Belstaff played its part in World War I and World War II

Belstaff’s expertise in high-tech waterproofing saw the brand called upon during World War I, when they provided capes, tents and groundsheets to the military. Later, during World War II, Belstaff would go on to supply everything from parachutes to aviator suits, saving the lives of hundreds of servicemen.

The Belstaff Trialmaster has been around since 1948

The waxed cotton Trialmaster jacket has come to be known as the icon of the Belstaff brand. Originally designed to endure the harsh weather of the Scottish Six Days Trial in 1948, the jacket has earned its reputation as a triumph of innovative British design. The four-pocket jacket was the first ever created by Belstaff, with the style now considered a classic. If it’s good enough for Naomi Campbell and David Beckham, it’s good enough for us.

It takes over an hour just to wax each Belstaff jacket

Each Belstaff waxed leather jacket is cut from approximately ninety panels, which are then stitched together and sealed by hand with a water-resistant wax, a process which takes an hour and a half per jacket.

The process behind Belstaff’s waxed cotton jackets has existed for decades

Every waxed cotton Belstaff jacket undergoes the same waterproofing process that has protected the brand’s environmentally friendly cambric cotton for years. Factory rollers in the historic Belstaff mill infuse the cotton with wax, creating a breathable yet waterproof fabric that can stand up against our famously wet British weather. The Belstaff sheen only gets better with age, making the Belstaff jacket such a great investment.

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