If you stand underneath the Williamsburg Bridge on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, you’ll immediately notice the thundering clang of the subway overhead. But, if you listen real carefully in between the passing of the cars, you also might hear another noise – the steady symphony emitting from Maximum Henry’s South Williamsburg studio. The care that Henry puts into the products which bear his name can be heard in each drop of the hammer, snip from a pair of sheers, or whirr of the sewing machine. Since founding his eponymous label in 2010, Henry has always done things the hard way. Be it a belt, a bag, or a bifold, Henry has a direct hand in each step of the production process. Nonetheless, Henry has managed to grow his brand considerably over the past five years, and his collection now not only includes the aforementioned leather goods, but also guitar straps, gold cuffs, and cardholders.
The belts, which were his first design, exemplify Henry’s understated aesthetic. They’re all roughly an inch in width (give or take a quarter), finished with thin hardware, and are cut from natural, full grain Belgian leather. They’re simple, sleek, and are meant to be used every single day, just like everything that Henry creates. So follow the sounds in South Williamsburg, because it takes a whole lotta noise to create a product this quiet.