Attire Accessories - Dec 2017/Jan 2018 (Issue 67)

ATTIRE 93 BELTS The best belts of the moment Go to waist ELLIOT RHODES Innovative belt brand Elliot Rhodes creates luxury, interchangeable straps and buckles in an exhaustive variety of colours, textiles and styles. With pieces to suit all tastes and an ever-evolving line-up of new releases, the brand has become a leather goods industry go-to over the past decade. All of the company’s belts are made exclusively in Italy and Spain by skilled craftsmen using traditional belt-making techniques. Meanwhile, the buckles are designed in house and sourced globally from a selection of skilled makers from Italy, France, the UK and USA and are created using a variety of materials including gold, sterling silver, stainless steel and a variety of semi-precious collectibles. Buckle-making remains a highly artisanal trade, with original designs still sculpted by hand in wax and the more ornate buckles having enamel, crystal finishes applied by hand.This gives each buckle its own innate character, lustre and individuality. The team at Elliot Rhodes also design an extensive collection of exotic skin belts in genuine crocodile, alligator, caiman, stingray, ostrich, sharkskin and python, all of which are available in both classic and contemporary colours and textures. This season’s fresh pieces feature tweed, brushed metal buckles and rich red skin straps – a reflection of spring/summer 2018’s hero crimson shade. OWEN BARRY Every piece in Owen Barry’s extensive collection is still hand-cut and made in its west-country factory, using eco- certified skins that are a bi-product of the food industry. This proudly made-in-the-UK company will celebrate 70 years in the leather business. A capsule line of cowhide belts lined with suede – with a choice of five stunning colour combinations – is the leather label’s key to getting it all buckled up for 2018. Available in three sizes, the belts are expected to retail for £69.The colour combination duos include, tricolour/ teal, silver acido/ocean, brown splash/ginger, black ciga/ passion and circus/tornado. THE GREAT BRITISH BELT COMPANY | With a company history dating back to 1946,The British Belt Company prides itself on hand- crafting the finest British leather goods. A traditional belt manufacturer, it not only creates supple full-grain belts, but a selection of bags, braces and small leather accessories too.The company’s focus on British heritage draws on traditional techniques to fashion timeless accessories out of genuine leather. Heavily inspired by recent trends, the latest collection sees genuine vintage and full-grain Italian textured leather at its core. Embossed croc and hand-creased vintage add contemporary finishes to everyday classics, whilst rich browns, heritage tan and shades of oxblood luxe boast timeless functionality. Soft suede is the versatile staple of the season, featuring fruity pastels and plush chocolate tones. Sophisticated silhouettes and stylish detail create an ultimate range of wardrobe essentials.