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post #46 of 75
those Baltazar belts are cool, but they're just versions of 50s motorcycle studded belts.  they've been popular in the 50s rocknroll/TeddyBoy scene for many years. i have 2 that were custom made for me with different colors/patterns....one has studded initials with burgundy stingray patches and smaller studs making music notes with sapphire blue rhinestones in the centers.  the other one is a more standard pattern with stingray/rhinestones.  i've seen cool ones using various snake leathers and animal hairs.  there is a vintage store in Whittier, CA that had a belt tooler working on the premises making these throughout the day and if you go to any rockabilly weekender there are many vendors selling these belts, handmade for about $120-150.  the guy that made mine also made some for high end Bev Hills/W LA stores like Fred Segal and i saw them there selling for $300+     i was really surprised when i started seeing these selling in the mainstream as they've been around for many years without much fanfare.
post #47 of 75
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those Baltazar belts are cool, but they're just versions of 50s motorcycle studded belts.
Well, Gus (the designer/owner of Baltazar) is a motorcycle enthusiast, and the belts are in fact inpired by vintage motorcycle belts.  The belts are also handmade, and a little more expensive than the ones I've seen at rockabilly festivals, but I think of rather better quality, from what I've seen.  I admit that I've seen some pretty intricate ones though (not really to my taste though) that retail for ridiculous prices at Ron Herman.   Would be cool if you would share your source with us.  Does he have a web presence.  Love locally made stuff.
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i was really surprised when i started seeing these selling in the mainstream as they've been around for many years without much fanfare.
What goes around, comes around. I think that punk, rockabilly and military styled belts will pretty much be around forever, and their relative popularity will wax and wane.
post #48 of 75
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Would be cool if you would share your source with us.  Does he have a web presence.  Love locally made stuff.
the guy was working out of Daisy's Vintage in uptown whittier a couple years ago but moved out of that space over a year ago, and def doesnt have a website. not sure where he works out of now but his belts were some of the better quality ones i've seen, as i've seen TONS at rockabilly weekenders over the years and yer right, the quality can vary immensely from one maker to the next. it's too bad he is no longer readily avail as there are more belts I would have liked made at some point, including some thin custom made belts in various colors...which he also made very authentic to 50s designs
post #49 of 75
I'm really impressed with all the belts posted here, thanks to LA Guy for bringing the engineered garments stuff to our collective attention. I never would've thought to dedicate so much time to belts, honestly. I can't justify spending that much on a casual belt right now. I have a few mall-store belts, and I've gotten a few old buckles off ebay. The belts themselves are really plain, though. Anyone suggest some under-$50 alternatives? All the cheap versions I've seen of customized/vintage belts are soooo shoddy. Does anyone still wear the belts with rows of metal pyramid studs? All my current belts are brown, but I'm not sure I could pull one of these off, since I turned, oh, fifteen.
post #50 of 75
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Anyone suggest some under-$50 alternatives? All the cheap versions I've seen of customized/vintage belts are soooo shoddy.
You get what you pay for. In your case, it may be more practical to pay in terms of time. Scour vintage shops, flea markets, do research on belt manufacture. If I can find a good belt maker online (all UK based) you can MTM your own (custom is a different animal). Of course, you can search yourself. Google: belt* "bridle leather" or something similar. Belts and sneakers, imo, make or break your style. You can have some really cool jeans and a t-shirt on, but wear the same Urban Outfitter's bonded leather belt (a steal from you at $35) every other college kid has on, and you are history. Same with sneakers. Get a pair of Miharas on sale, or scour Yoox for some unique styles. You have those things, and a simple, well fitting hoodie and beaten up jeans will look golden.
post #51 of 75
LA Guy, You make a good point about a belt being a differentiator.  Along that line, I wonder how hard it would be to take a decent quality belt and do some "customization" to it to make it truly individual.   While I can see that a Baltazar is a really cool belt, first of all I wouldn't wear it enough to drop the 200 odd bucks on it and secondly, it seems kinda against the rock n roll ishness of the design to spend that kind of money on one.  For real rock star stylin aren't you supposed to have beat up one that you punch holes in and tack grommets and stuff to?  Maybe it is a quality issue or I am just mixing up rock n roll style with punk rock safety pins... I know its not the same and I don't mean to offend, but to a non belt aficionado, 150 dollar rock style belts seem to me like those celebs who spend 70-80 bucks on prefaded replicas of KISS concert t-shirts.  Aren't you supposed to get your own from the show and wear it so much it is beat to death?  If you are too young you can rummage around for one in your older brothers high school crap.  Or even hit up a vintage shop..  Anyways, that's a whole nother story... Seriously though, I agree with LAG that a cool belt is important, but does anyone have ideas on how to customize one??
post #52 of 75
VKK, Totally agree that a self-customizxed belt would be the coolest thing. However... 1) A belt like the Engineered Garments belt is nearly impossible to have made. You have to actively seek out unique buckle designs, and either buy them vintage (a fubn thing to do) or have them custom made (an expensive thing to do) 2) Unless you have the right tools, it is exceedingly difficult to put studs and rivets into a belt, not to mention adding the really cool touches like the suede backing on the back of my Baltazar belt. Essentially, you need to be a leather worker with considerable experience cutting belts to do it right. That's why even at these Rockabilly rallies Get Smart talked about, the belts cost over $100, and usually the better made ones oare on the order of $150. I suggest Baltazar because the designs are good, and the quality is first rate - better than pretty much any of the hand tooled and detailed belts I've seen at that type of event. That said, if you want a unique belt, it's pretty easy to do what Margiela did last season. Just rummage around vintage and thrift shops for belts you like, and take them to a leather worker to cut and sew sections together. the only trick is the find belts of matching widths. As for what constitutes "Rock and Roll", I say that it's in the attitude, probably the opposite attitude to that of an Alex Kabbaz customer (sorry Alex). Your attitude to a shirt/belt/jacket that costs $1000 should be the same as if it cost $20 at a thrift shop. Wear it out, don't be afraid of a few beer stains, if it rips, sew if back together yourself if possible. Be comfortable in your clothes.
post #53 of 75
Good Points. I guess a belt is not as easy to work on yourself as compared to a T or a pair of jeans. Wonder if I can find a leather worker in my area that can do something different for me. Now that its in my head I'm gonna become obsessive about a customized belt... K
post #54 of 75
Hey just wondering - are there any more of those belts in brown with the gold buckle available? I wear a size 34 ish jean.
post #55 of 75
The Engineered belts (and perhaps other styles as well) will be available in a couple of weeks. Apparently, Engineered Garments has taken off like gangbusters, and it's hard to keep up production. Should be available in several weeks. Call Gary Drinkwater and reserve yoursd today. Apparently, the sizing has changed a little, but I am these days pretty close to a true 32, and where 32 or 33 in most jeans (and I like them loose) and the 34 belt fits me just fine, so you might want a belt in a 90/36 so that you actually have a little extra tongue on the belt.
post #56 of 75
I am sorely tempted... http://www.scrollingbuckle.com/
post #57 of 75
Necessity is the mother of all invention.
post #58 of 75
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I am sorely tempted... http://www.scrollingbuckle.com/
Why? I guess that you could get a novelty kick out of it for about half a day's wear. Then you're out your money.
post #59 of 75
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(Nick M @ April 26 2005,02:05) I am sorely tempted... http://www.scrollingbuckle.com/
Why?  I guess that you could get a novelty kick out of it for about half a day's wear.  Then you're out your money.
I don't know what you're talking about. During the day, you could hook it up to show stock quotes and a news ticker. At night, just put "BEHOLD MY JUNK" on repeat, and beat the chicks off with a stick.
post #60 of 75
Maybe for a split second it'll read "HOLD MY JUNK"
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