In Argentina, where polo is king, the snappily dressed players and petiseros wear polo belts with their well-tailored whites and bombachas. The style has spread like pampas wildfire from Patagonia to Palermothe, to Guards and Cowdray Park and beyond. The iconic pampeano are renowned as the best. They are more expensive than other brands, for good reason—yet for Club Members the pampeano brand belts are literally El Snippo!
These fine belts are based on a traditional local pattern, the ‘guarda pampa’, from an ancient Mapuche tribe design. The pattern mirrors the profile of the Andes range, with the peaks and valleys and their reflections in the mountain lakes. The differences mirror regional identities of the provincial groups of gauchos, similar to tartans in Scotland.
Each pampeano belt is craftsman-made by their own master artisans in Argentina using highest-quality vegetable tanned leather and saddle cord. First, each belt is hand cut. Then the craftsman, using finest wax-dipped saddlery threads, weaves the diamond pampa pattern into the belt. Such is the precision and detailing of the stitching you would be forgiven for thinking it is made by machine, when in fact each is hand stitched—this is the quality of pampeano belts. Finished with quality brass fittings, the result is a butter-soft touch, a pleasure to hold and to wear, as well as to see—and as with all exceptional leather, these belts improve with age.
It takes time to achieve all this but the result is unsurpassed and you’ll also know that it comes with its own story from the depths of Argentina. Choose from a dozen fabulous designs and colours—click here to view all 15 patterns and descriptions before making your choice. Hasta luego!
All waist sizes (80cm, 28in to 115cm (42in). Standard width of 3.5cm.
Patterns and colours:
Argentina – the Argentine Flag colours, pale blue, white and gold
Audaz – deep navy and contrasting terracotta, it evokes the rusty sunsets of La Pampa and the unpolluted night sky stretching over the estancias.
Rosa – stunning Aztec design which consists of pale Hermoso pink, bright fuchsia and classic navy threads.
Moreno – vibrant blue, burnt orange, classic navy, mustard yellow and deep burgundy – based on a South American safari.
Sierra – grey and cream combination represent the dramatic snow capped mountains whilst a more icy tone captures the chilling rivers of the Andes.
Multi – five bold colours; navy, racing green, yellow, turquoise and red.
Britain – the red, white and royal blue of the national flag.
Sereno – meaning ‘serene’ in a summery blue, navy and cream pampa pattern.
Marcado – classic navy and burgundy – goes beautifully with jeans!
Astro – Aztec-inspired, the night sky in navy and cream.
Jefe – subtle shades of navy and brown.
Helado – new ice-cream colours of pale pink, egg shell blue, cream and grey gelato pastels – a fashionista’s belt!
Jugadoro – beautiful nautical colour-blocking in navy and cream.
Principe – pampeano’s infamous regal option with cream diamonds and a red centre.
RRP £65 plus delivery. CCUK £39. Free gift box and free UK mainland delivery.
For children’s sizes and prices, call Member Services on 020 7399 2960.