Parma, in Northern Italy, is known for the quality of its food and leather goods. That quality is built on the same passions, skills and stubborn dedication to traditions worth defending. Steeped in those traditions, Anderson’s has been making belts in Parma—and nowhere else—for the last 50 years.
The company was founded by Carlo Valenti, one of a long line of Parma leather workers. His factory (and the people who worked in it) quickly established a reputation for quality and craftsmanship. They developed new techniques and finishes, matched handcrafting with expert tooling, new technologies with the experienced eye.
Anderson’s belts—from the multicolor stretch belt, in hundreds of different combinations, the handmade woven tubular belt, in numerous color variations, to traditional hand-tooled saddle leather belts, belts in suede and nappa and exotic skins—now sell across the world. They are stocked in cutting-edge boutiques, traditional tailors and well-known department stores in over 80 different countries.
“To make the best belt requires the perfect balance of the past, your skills and identity, your heritage, personality and procedures; the present, your people and the tools they use; and the future. You have to improve and you have to improve for tomorrow. And that is pretty much what it takes to make the best of anything.”