Founded in 1924 by Eli Belovitch and his son-in-law Harry Grosberg in Staffordshire, Belstaff produced all-weather jackets for motorcyclists.
Belstaff became a subsidiary of James Halstead in 1948–a company also responsible in later years for the success of the Australian brand Driza-Bone.
In the 1980s, Belstaff diversified into the golf wear market.
The company was hit hard by the textile crisis of the 1990s precipitating the closure of the Longton Stoke-on-Trent factory after previously closing its Silverdale site.
In June 2011, Harry Slatkin along with The Labelux Group, acquired Belstaff. Slatkin assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and, in July 2011, appointed Martin Cooper as Chief Creative Officer and together, they planned to transform the brand.
In 2015, Belstaff produced a short film in partnership with Legs Media and, executively produced by Liv Tyler, called “OUTLAWS”. The film featured David Beckham in his first ever serious film role and co-starred Harvey Keitel, Katherine Waterston and Cathy Moriarty.
In 2016, Belstaff produced a short film, starring Liv Tyler called ‘Falling Up’, where she retraces the footsteps of 1920s aviator Amelia Earhart, one of the first women Belstaff dressed. In her role as Brand Ambassador and Creative Contributor, Tyler also collaborated on a capsule collection baring her name for AW16.
Belstaff clothing has been worn by several celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Hilary Swank, Johnny Depp, and Brad Pitt.