A few years ago, John Rich of Oakleaf & Acorn introduced me to a Tennessee artist named Billy Moore. If you're a fan of a good leather belt, you need to know about Billy's handiwork. As far as leather belts go, it doesn't get much better than this...
Billy sources his leather from the Horween tannery in Chicago then soaks it in a local Tennessee river in the Smoky Mountains. He uses abrasive rocks to distress and add texture to each piece. Many of his belts are also handpainted and sanded to create a scrumptious, vintage look that has become his signature.
All of the belt buckles are hand forged by Billy too. He utilizes brass, nickel and sterling but prefers to work with copper when he can. As he shared, "Its softness allows for a lot of texture and manipulation, and the patina is incredible."
Billy named his shop, Cause and Effect as a reminder that each of us can make the world a better place. From a simple gesture like opening a door for someone to working for a food bank, each effort of kindness will inspire others to do the same.
Photos: Cause and Effect; Carrie Cizauskas; williamyan.com Content: Sweet Peach