The Brand

Founded in the vibrant heart of Notting Hill back in 1984 by John and Monique Davidson, the photographer and designer duo, the journey began with a single belt inspired by equestrian bridles that exemplified their innate creativity and love for craftsmanship. With a commitment to quality and innovation, the brand quickly gained recognition for their distinctive designs that seamlessly blended artistry and functionality.

Over the years, the brand evolved into handbags, luggage, small leather goods and capsule collections of ready to wear. Although the founders no longer work for the company, our London based team still aims to captivate the timeless elegance, attention to detail, and a fusion of classic and contemporary aesthetics in each product.

Originally, all the belts and handbags were made in England, but over the years the majority of manufacturing has been moved to Spain and Italy, countries with the richest heritage and expertise in making leather goods. A small selection of belts are still made in England with a bridle maker, following a traditional method similar to the first ever belts designed by John and Monique.

The Founders

Mixing Monique’s inherently French eye for subtle sophistication with John’s understanding of English eclecticism, the duo created a brand that became the epitome of understated luxury at the time. Using their longstanding expertise of the fashion industry they grew the label from a first collection of exclusive, handcrafted belts to encompass handbags, luggage, small leather goods,clothing and knitwear. The history and heritage of more than three decades of their work remains a source of inspiration to the current design team. The most iconic designs such as the Carnival bag and plaited belts are still considered as staple pieces in the collection to this day.