For over 10 years Accent Clothing have had the privilege of being a stockist of Belstaff Jackets and Accessories. It all started when Accents owner and managing director Martin Schneider attended Pitti Uomo fashion show in Florence, Italy.
Martin, being a motorcycle enthusiast himself and having worn Belstaff jackets in the 70s whilst out on his motorcycle, saw the popularity of the jackets with the Italians and also the potential for Belstaff jackets as a fashion line in the UK,soon making Accent one of the first independent fashion stores in the country to stock Belstaff. The collection started with just 3 classic jackets in store, yet Accent Menswear can now proudly boast a range of approximately 20 different styles of Belstaff jackets.
Belstaff was founded in 1924 by Harry Grosberg in Victoria Place, Stoke-on-Trent in the English Midlands. Belstaff became the first company in the world to use a fabric that was totally waterproof but breathable for their original product line of waterproof garments for both men and women, the now famous ‘Wax Cotton’ was then specialised in the creation of high technology wear for the protection of cyclists. In the thirties Belstaff began to specialise in garments for aviators, bikers and the army, manufacturing materials and designing jackets that were windproof, rainproof and resistant to heavy friction.
Due to the English textile industry crisis at the start of the ’90s, the Belstaff factory in Stoke-on-Trent was forced to close in 1991. The reins were handed over to Franco Malenotti, and it was in Italy that the Belstaff began to develop and transform into the major fashion brand we know and love today. The jackets started to become less boxy and more tailored, triggering the appeal of a Belstaff jacket as a fashion jacket.
Celebrities such as Brad Pitt and George Clooney are Belstaff fans and each have an extensive personal collection. The ‘Brad’ jacket was actually personally designed for Brad Pitt and is currently available in Accent Menswear in a range of shades. Belstaff jackets have also graced many Hollywood films such as Batman Begins, War of The Worlds, Oceans Twelve, Mission Impossible III, The Aviator and I Am Legend. Dressing Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman for their two adventures Long Way Round and Long Way Down Belstaff ensured they were protected for all the extremes they were to face on their journey.
The Belstaff collection at Accent is vast, full of classic and iconic designs, ranging from buffalo leather jackets, wax cotton jackets and the puffers.
Favourites include the Trailmaster Blouson, a great value jacket with leather trim around the collar and pockets and vent detail around the shoulder area for extra comfort, the Racemaster Blouson with trademark press stud fastening pockets and corduroy lining to the collar and cuffs, the Maple Jacket with its modern day more tailored fit and finally the bread and butter Panther Jacket available in various leather colour finishes, featuring a classic biker jacket collar, 4 front pockets and a belted waist.
The best part of Belstaff jackets is not only do they get better with age, they also never go out of fashion, holding their value. The Panther Jacket, for example, has been manufactured since 1966 (each displaying an individual issue number on the inside) and to this day remains the best selling jacket at Accent. Accent’s Assistant Buyer Mauro Santabarbra states “The four pocket motorcycle jacket is a staple item in anyone’s wardrobe, everyone should have one”. All the staff at Accent have extensive knowledge on Belstaff jackets so are able to assist customers in finding the right one for them.
Belstaff jackets and accessories are available in store or online now at www.accentclothing.com