Druh Belts & Buckles is the brainchild of Touring Professional Simon Hurd. The Englishman, also known as Hurdy on the European and Asian Tours, was famous for the distinctive and colourful pork pie hats he donned on the golf course. Simon Hurd, however, is now better recognised for his distinguished belts and buckles range.
So how did Druh Belts & Buckles begin?
12 years ago Hurd was playing on the Asian and European Tour wearing belts his previous roommate Ian Poulter had recommended to him. It was while chatting to a leather maker in Phuket that Hurd realised he could create his own belts with the same level of quality, for a fraction of the price. After playing a round on the Asian and European Tour, Hurd’s entrepreneurship and intuition paid off, selling 150 of belts in the first week and paying off all of his expenses. After more than a decade, that leather worker and his family are now working full time for Druh, creating the much-loved belts you see on our site today.
“Even as a golf pro, I have always taken an interest in fashion both on and off the golf course, so it seemed a natural progression
for me to go into the fashion world” says Hurdy, a smart dresser with well-tailored attire. “In fact I have been dressed by a well known Savile Row tailor in London, in the past and I soon realised that looking smart means playing smart.”
Where is Druh Belts & Buckles now?
Druh’s designs in classic black and browns and funky pastels and metallics have fast become the professionals’ style secret. Over the last 12 years, Druh Belts & Buckles has grown into the iconic brand it is today with the likes of Lee Westwood, John Daly, Robert Karlsson, Paul McGinley and Thongchai Jaidee having all joined the 100s of European and Asian Tour players, as well as LPGA and LET players, in choosing Druh belts.
Druh belts has also been the chosen brand to finish off some of the biggest and best teams in the world. Druh Belts has proudly supplied belts and personalised buckles to teams such as the European Ryder Cup, the Ladies Solhiem Cup both sides of the pond, the Presidents Cup worldwide and the Travistock Cup where the number one golfing pro Tiger Woods donned a personalized Druh belt.
“To see the brand grow so much has been nothing but amazing, and that is thanks to all who have loved our bright colours and eye-catching designs” reminisces Hurdy.
How can I be part of Druh’s story?
Each belt is handmade using the finest in sustainable and natural materials. Leather and snakeskin straps are matched to Druh’s unique range of interchangeable buckles, which gives Druh customers the opportunity to create their own customised belt to look smart on or off the golf course. You can also visit the Druh belt designer to make your own personalised belt or unique polo to support your team, club, collegiate or simply to create your own personal line up. If you are stuck for inspiration, why not take styling hints from one of our many famous fans on our ‘Shop The Look’ page?
“Golf gear has always been perceived as rather staid and dull so I wanted to have a bit of fun designing belts and buckles that were a little bit funky, yet stylish, and certainly they have been an instant hit with pro golfers all over the world. Now is the chance for all those amateurs out there to smarten up their golf look with one of our Druh belts!”
If you would like to know anymore about the Druh range, please get in contact and we’ll do whatever we can to help.