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BAELTS - minimal, personalized and buckleless - handcrafted in the heart of Bangkok's Chinatown
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Florian, founder of Baelts and the street shop in Bangkok's Chinatown
Florian, founder of Baelts and the street shop in Bangkok's Chinatown

 For the past 5 years I have been running Nang Gin Kui, a restaurant ,which was voted the #1 restaurant in Bangkok for more than 100 weeks on Tripadvisor.  

Using the same recipe that made Nang Gin Kui successful, we are turning our attention to a new product/service combination in the field of fashion design. 

Baelts by Florian Gypser is an attempt to apply the same level of attention and individuality to the belt-making process. Baelts is handmade from ecologically sourced veg-tanned water buffalo leather in the same exotic neighbourhood where Nang Gin Kui is located. Our product is carefully designed to be as minimalistic and as simple as possible, resulting in a beautiful buckleless design.

The water buffalo leather and tools used in the process to create in our street shop in Bangkok’s exotic Chinatown.
The water buffalo leather and tools used in the process to create in our street shop in Bangkok’s exotic Chinatown.

The belt can be embossed with any kind of artwork or monogram, to make it a very personal product. This is a product that will be holding up your pants for many years to come, so why not emblazon it with some of your own personality. For me this is a continuation of what happens at Nang Gin Kui - creating an individualized product for a person who is open to sharing a small part of their identity with us.

The story about Baelts:

In 2012, I opened a street studio in the heart of Chinatown, which has become over time a haven for leather craftsmen. We are offering stitching courses and help bypassers fix their bags and shoes.. It just so happened that two years ago, my belt (which I bought second-hand and had been wearing for 20 years!) broke; so I turned my attention to making a new one.

Daniel Katanneck, Florian’s best friend and partner from day 1 was a fearless graffiti artist in the early 90’s back in Munich known by the pseudonym ‘SKETCH’ and that's his tag embossed into the leather belt.
Daniel Katanneck, Florian’s best friend and partner from day 1 was a fearless graffiti artist in the early 90’s back in Munich known by the pseudonym ‘SKETCH’ and that's his tag embossed into the leather belt.
PATINA & COLOR - The belt on the left is ready to wear while the one on the right is worn just about 3 months.
PATINA & COLOR - The belt on the left is ready to wear while the one on the right is worn just about 3 months.
Baelts ages from a light brown into a rich cognac brown within a couple of months.
Baelts ages from a light brown into a rich cognac brown within a couple of months.
Alex while visiting our workshop
Alex while visiting our workshop
Li, Awais and Daniel are the team members pushing BAelts for the last couple of months.
Li, Awais and Daniel are the team members pushing BAelts for the last couple of months.

Through many rounds of iteration, we have developed a minimalistic, functional and durable belt. In addition, we have accumulated extensive knowledge about the personalization process, which we are proud to offer as an optional service.

Ekua, our wonderful friend and mentor in front of her recently opened Art Project 189 in the hip Soi Nana of Chinatown
Ekua, our wonderful friend and mentor in front of her recently opened Art Project 189 in the hip Soi Nana of Chinatown
A prototype of a double-wrap female belt, worn by Ekua
A prototype of a double-wrap female belt, worn by Ekua

The promise:

  • No to mass production and yes to artisanal craftsmanship  
  • The size of the belt and the personalization is individually customized for you
  • Baelts is handmade by the creators in our studio in Chinatown

The product:

  • A belt made from full grain, chemical-free, vegetable-tanned thai water buffalo leather.
  • The width is 1.5 inch or roughly 4 cm.
  •  Minimalistic buckleless design makes it the slimmest leather belt available. 
  • Fully adjustable through an interchangeable metal stud
  • Baelts comes in its one and only - natural color. The leatjer is varnished with Neatsfoot oil to make it waterproof and to increase darkening. It is initially light brown and ages into a wonderful rich Cognac brown over the course of a couple of months.
Baelts with a solid stud and a customized artwork embossed
Baelts with a solid stud and a customized artwork embossed
Jack while delivering belts for his son Isaac, his wife and himself in Singapore
Jack while delivering belts for his son Isaac, his wife and himself in Singapore
A comment of one of our backers ; )
A comment of one of our backers ; )
Baelts is so simple to use - fast and silent
Baelts is so simple to use - fast and silent

The leather:

Water buffalo leather is highly sought after for its terrific resilience and its tensile strength. This leather is used for high impact sports such as polo, as well as in motorcycle jackets and furniture. Since water buffalos are native to Thailand and its neighbouring countries we researched the best suppliers and learned all we could about it and how to work with it. Each belt will be coated with Neatsfoot oil on the visible side and a special fat conditioner on the underside in order to increase flexibility of the fibres.

 The Personalization:

Our speciality is the service of embossing your individual visual design into your bespoke belt. Send us your artwork via email and we are preparing the leather and the block for the embossing process. 

Below you can see the artwork from Fiona, our dear supporter from Australia, being embossed in the belt.

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You send your artwork and waistline via email and we do the rest
You send your artwork and waistline via email and we do the rest
Customized aluminium blocks of selected artworks embossed into the leather
Customized aluminium blocks of selected artworks embossed into the leather

The Rewards:

The Rewards
The Rewards

The process:

We complete your order within 5 days after receiving your artwork and waistline measurements. Upon completion, each belt is shipped with a tracking number provided by Thai Royal Post.
We complete your order within 5 days after receiving your artwork and waistline measurements. Upon completion, each belt is shipped with a tracking number provided by Thai Royal Post.

 The packaging and shipping:

Baelts and a dust bag in cotton and hemp
Baelts and a dust bag in cotton and hemp

Each belt will be carefully packed in a dust bag and card board box to keep it as clean as possible and free of damages during shipping. We will monitor each shipment and share the tracking number with you via the highly reliable tracking service provided by the Royal Thai Post.

The street shop:

Our streetshop is a converted 60-year-old traditional shophouse in the heart of Chinatown, one of Bangkok’s oldest communities .
The street shop houses machines and tools, a great space to develop and to party.
The street shop houses machines and tools, a great space to develop and to party.

Testimonials:

Valentin Vodev, founder of Vello, Vienna, Austria

“ I have been super excited about Florian’s new project and couldnt wait for my new personalized belt. I wear it everyday and am very happy with it !!”

Haman, founder of Hamansutra, New York, USA

“ My friend Daniel, Florian’s partner, told me about their new project. I asked for more details and immediately ordered a belt with the CMYK logo for me”

 Enrique, Tattoo Lover, Madrid, Spain

“ I have been to Nang Gin Kui for dinner and when Florian saw my Tattoo and told me about his project i was immediately into it and 3 days later i picked up my belt!!”

About Nang Gin Kui: 

Spending an entire evening with the guests, knowing their names and listening to their personal stories has made me understand in particular: behind the clinical term “customer” is a real person. A person just like you and me, a person who lives a life with dreams, with achievements, family and friends. Each person has their own needs, wants and identity, and we are able to create such a memorable experience only because we recognize this truth.

Our special sauce has always been to focus on customer experience, which has enabled us to create a dining experience so personal that other restaurants simply cannot match it. Nang Gin Kui operates out of my apartment where guests can enjoy a beautiful view of Bangkok. It is based on a meet and greet philosophy in which a small group of guests enjoy as truly personalized and special experience. My partner Goy is an excellent and passionate cook while I really love taking care of the guests - introducing myself and evenings guests to each other, engaging in conversation, serving drinks and the 15-course to them.

About Florian:

  • Master of Architecture - Zaha Hadid graduate 
  • Born 1974 in Vienna, Austria 
  • Lives in and loves Bangkok since 2004 
Florian studied under the late world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, Hans Hollein and Paolo Piva during his Masters studies at the University of applied Arts in Vienna.
Florian studied under the late world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, Hans Hollein and Paolo Piva during his Masters studies at the University of applied Arts in Vienna.
Florians furniture and product designs
Florians furniture and product designs
                     
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Press clippings

Risks and challenges

This project will be executed by an experienced team of creatives and artisans in the field of leather. Necessary materials are readily available and the manufacturing process for Baelts is straight forward and each step is well known to us. Investment in tools and machines is behind us.

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    The Family & Friends Box

    Get 6 uncut Belts in natural color to be cut in your friends particular size at your home. The belts are personalized with your unique artwork. The box comes with a set of tools and patterns for an easy and fun belt cutting event!

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