The best new women’s belts

It’s a bold statement but whether oversized with glorious copper detailing at Roksanda (360), colourfully geometric at Loewe (425) or elegantly slim at Saint Laurent (265), belts are shaping up canada goose factory outlet to become one of this winter’s most defining accessories.

Gucci leather belt, 290

Image: George OngAside from the ubiquitous and often unbranded obi belt that is soft, unstructured and Japanese in inspiration, belts until now have been regarded as useful and often cheap canada goose uk stylish, but not necessarily statement making. “We’ve had high canada goose clearance sale rise trousers styled with blouses tucked in and dresses with a fitted and flare feeling and belts are a natural progression. For me, the most exciting are Jil Sander’s twisted designs [350] with bicolour linings.”

Balmain calfskin belt, 1,050

And yet few department stores or boutiques allocate dedicated space to belts. Instead, they’re scattered around and presented quite differently to other accessories such as shoes, hats, scarves or jewellery, which means they continue to remain under the radar despite their growing status. To find the very best, a certain dedication is required.

J Davidson mock crocodile belt, 118

Roksanda leather and copper canada goose uk outlet belt, 360

Often it is those labels whose origins lie in leather goods like Loewe (cut out square belt in patent leather, 495; circle belt in calfskin, 425) and Herms that consistently offer the best selection. As well as various incarnations of the latter’s cherished signature H belt (price on request), there’s the narrow Kelly belt (621), which shares the same clasp as the famous eponymous canada goose clearance bag, and canada goose uk black friday the crocodile Lord belt (2,430), which surfaced on the Herms autumn/winter 2015 runway.

JLynch lambskin and watersnake Kristin belt, 155

Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane leather Classic 3 Passants belt, 265

“Belts come around in seven year cycles,” says John Davidson, co founder and designer at London based leather goods and clothing brand J Davidson, which sells around 20,000 belts a year. Until recently, he says, belts were an afterthought where once, because of canada goose jacket outlet their ability to create a blouson effect, they were a must have that made an ensemble sing. Launched together with his wife Monique in 1984, J Davidson today has shops in Notting canada goose outlet store Hill and Tokyo’s Aoyama, with a flagship opening at cheap canada goose 104 Mount Street next month.

Alaa python Long Fringe belt, 2,050

Loewe calfskin Triangle belt, 425

“A high level of craftsmanship goes into each canada goose outlet online belt,” Davidson continues, pointing out the fine, rounded edge of canada goose store one design and discussing the skills needed to achieve both this and the buckles that typically come in brass, silver plate or nickel on brass. The duo first canada goose canada goose uk shop outlet parka turned to Walsall, the home of the West Midlands saddle making industry, for the manufacture of their bridle leather belts, but today most of their finest canada goose outlet black friday designs are canada goose outlet in usa produced in Italy. They have also travelled to Wyoming, Texas, Montana, New Mexico and all manner of Western shops in the US in search of inspiration, and offer belts in alligator (from 990), as well as mock croc (118), plaited (from 120) and studded (from 145) versions an archive of which is to be showcased at the new Mount Street store.

Jil Sander calfskin Gala belt, 350

Alexander McQueen calfskin corset belt, 895

It’s a rare occurrence to find newer specialists, such as London based belt canada goose coats brand JLynch, which debuted in canada goose outlet shop 2009. For autumn/winter 2015 it collaborated with Singaporean fashion designer Ashley Isham on a collection for his London Fashion Week show (Kristin belt in cheap canada goose golden lambskin and snakeskin with lacing details, 155; Rosie belt in lilac snakeskin and pearls, 155; Juliette belt in black leather and snakeskin, 140). “Recently fashion has gone through a long period of minimalism, with clothing often cut away from the body and a desire for simpler ways of dressing,” notes founder canada goose outlet uk sale and designer Jaci Lynch. “A change is now afoot. A canada goose outlet reviews great belt can make even the simplest outfit stand out, and this is the one accessory where I can combine creativity, quality and amazing cuts that flatter the silhouette.” Often sculptural, richly colourful and sometimes laser cut, and available in lambskin, snakeskin and with subtle embellishment, JLynch belts now sell in luxury stores across the globe. “Our biggest markets are the US, Asia, France and Italy,” she continues. “Our customers wear belts to polish the look of a pencil skirt for the canada goose outlet new york city office, over a jacket or shirt, and of course, also with eveningwear.”.

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