Brave Leather Creates Online Build-a-Belt Concept

Toronto—Mass customization has come to belts with Brave Leather’s newly created Brave Workshop, an interactive site that permits consumers to design their own belt.

Brave Leather, the Canadian-based belt and accessories company, launched its new do-it-yourself workshop online last week after months tinkering with software to get the custom workshop up and running. Shoppers can selected among four of Brave’s most popular styles, then customize them my leather, buckle color, grommet color, edge color and stitch color.

All the belts are made in Brave’s own 8,000-square-foot factory in Toronto and shipped out free within a week to 10 days, says Scott Irvine, president and founder.

20th Anniversary: From the Street to the World Wide Web

“When I started this business 20 years ago, I began as a street vendor, making custom belts for customers,” Irvine says. “As a way of celebrating our 20th year, we thought we’d bring that concept back, but in a modern way.”

As a special offer this month, Brave is asking consumers to post photos of their belt designs on the company’s Facebook page to get automatically entered in a contest to win their own design. The belts retail for about $90.

Brave Leather is a supplier to better department and specialty stores and has expanded beyond belts into handbags, small leathergoods and wrist jewelry made from leather.

While Irvine says he’d love to expand the custom-concept to additional styles and categories in the future, “we want to perfect what we have accomplished thus far. You have no idea how complicated it is on the software side to integrate leathergoods into a custom approach.”


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Jeff Prine

Jeff Prine, Editor at Large, Accessories Magazine
Jeff returns as a regular contributor to Accessories magazine. Initially Jeff worked as senior editor at Accessories more than 20 years ago and his love of the industry has followed him until present. Since his tenure here, Jeff has continued to report jewelry, watch and other luxury goods trends as executive editor at Modern Jeweler magazine, fashion director at Lustre, and as contributor on products and trends for consumer and trade publications and websites. In addition to his editorial experience, Jeff also served as an adjunct instructor for accessories merchandising at Fashion Institute of Technology.