TES Announces the Limited Edition “Artigiano” Series of Hand Hammered Damascus Steel and Alligator Belts

Limited Edition Artigiano Series Belts

(PRWEB) January 20, 2011, TES, today announced the limited edition of 500 pieces of the “Artigiano” belt as part of their Autumn / Winter 2012 Men’s Collection being presented at TRANOI during the Paris Menswear Fashion Week, from January 22nd – 24th, 2011.

The “Artigiano” belt is a homage to the ideal of the craftsman. “Every now and then I must remind myself” says Lorenzo Vaccari, TES founder and Production Director, “that the belt was an object of absolute use, to hold up the pants of a man who was hard at work”. With this in mind Mr. Vaccari sourced raw Damascus steel tablets, that he then cut down to plates measuring 1 cm by 3 cm, each plate is then attached by hand with 4 screws to a forged solid brass base.

“It wouldn’t make sense to attach this Damanscus steel plate to a factory bought buckle. In order to be authentic, and truly call to mind the idea of the artigiano who uses his own two hands to create what he needs I had to go through that process myself, carving the belt latch with old fashion tools and utilizing manual ingenuity”.

The Limited Edition “Artigiano” Series juxtaposes a crude concept with a perfect execution and esteemed materials such as beeswax treated alligator lined in the finest malleable calf leather and rarely used Damascus steel. Only 500 buckles were created and no more will be produced.

Limited Edition Artigiano Series Belts

Each belt will come with a fire stamped imprint on the reverse side with the series number in this format “1/500 Serie Artigiano Edizione Limitata 2011”. The series will be available for buyers and distributers at the TRANOI Fashion Fair, Parc Royal, 10 rue du Parc Royal, Paris 3. Each buyer will receive a certificate with each belt, guaranteeing it’s authenticity and series number.

TES will also make a limited quantity of the “Artigiano” Series available through their new online store launching in March 2011,

Every TES product is created in Castelfranco Emilia in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy at the TES laboratory. Production is completely overseen by the Vaccari Family guaranteeing perfection and quality assurance. TES specializes in the creation and design of luxury accessories including belts and wallets in exotic leathers and buckles in Siver 925, Damascus and Vermeil.


Authenticity, heritage and innovation. These three principles are applied to create a quality product of real value that stands in the face of time.

Our leathers are chosen based on a frame of reference to the traditions and standards of the old tanneries. The materials are then brought together with consideration for the overall effect of the final product. Each piece is enhanced through manual craftsmanship and becomes a collector’s item that expresses emotion, research and validity. Above all, our products are pleasurable to hold, to truly appreciate them they must be touched, that is where the difference lies.

Creativity is rarely enough to create luxury. The TES Men’s accessory is an intersection between design, a conviction to surpass expectations and the skilled ability of the Vaccari family, experts in their field. All work is completed in the TES workshop, located in the small town of Castelfranco Emilia, a region known for its leather-working heritage.

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