Thursday, May 6, 2010

Vintage Style Leather Belts

By Joe V.

Vintage is a term that is used loosely in the fashion industry when referring to an article of clothing that is symbolic to the 60s and 70s. Also referred to as 'retro', these articles of clothing are in demand and selling fast. They are hard to find by nature but with enough research can be found at thrift stores, vintage stores, and online.

When dealing with leather, you will come to know many designers use the word vintage or retro style in conjuction with their belts. It's not that the leather is from the 60s or 70s but more so their style reflects that of the 60s and 70s.

When working on leather, there are several methods by which you can age leather to make it look an feel vintage. One method that is very popular is to beat up the leather. Throw it on the ground, stomp on it, hit it with a hammer. Do anything that will produce bruses, marks, scratches on the skin. The more you beat it up the more vintage a piece of leather will look, just don't go over board.

Another method which is also popular is what is called Antique or Antiquing by which the surface of the leather hide is treated to emulate an old, rough, vintage style look. This is a trickier method to apply, you have to be very careful as you can easily ruin a whole piece of leather hide.

Fashion Belt Designers tend to stick with the distressed method as it's easier to perform but you can find some good vintage leather belts designers who have mastered the art of antiquing.

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Joe V.

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