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Belstaff was founded in 1924 by Eli Belovitch and his son-in-law Harry Grosberg in Staffordshire.
Wax cotton was a traditional maritime fabric, durable and resistant to poor weather and originally used for ships’ sails and dockers’ rain-wear.
Belstaff still continues to source fabrics from the British Millerain Co, suppliers to the British Army for more than a century.
The Malenotti family now own the brand. Grandfather Maleno Malenotti was an italian film producer and contemporary of Fellini’s. Maleno’s son Franco was a motorcycle designer, champion rider and Belstaff wearer who was invited to work for the company as a designer in 1986. He rescued the brand when the business fell into financial difficulties in 1990s and moved and rebuilt the company in Venice, Italy.