If you’ve noticed nearly all of my things are designed quite literally for myself, the mental process behind how things are created goes like “I want this, it’s not available anywhere else.” More stream of consciousness…“Designs just for people like me…”.
I am contradicting myself a bit here because in the past 5 years I’ve seen a lot of designers using zippers as embellishment. Sewing it onto hems (guilty of it too) or using it on shoes as pure decoration. I really hate this look. It’s completely useless to do such a thing, put a functioning object onto something that requires no such function.
But here I am, guilty as charged. Regardless of it’s non-function, the hip wants what it wants. I’ve been craving a zipper belt for ages, but you think it’s just going to happen so easily. It wasn’t of course, for months I had no clue what to do with these zippers transforming into belts. You have to think about adjustability, closures, how you’ll secure the hardware ends and all this. The essence of the zipper is that it’s malleable and infinite, so I chose to use these as advantages. You’ll see here, like a fresh piece of sashimi, the belt is really only about the zipper quality itself and not much else.
Only using two materials, like canvas, and leather, this belt has a much more malleable feel. No buckle, and instead only D rings to loop, lock and twist down. I chose the canvas on purpose so it would somehow camouflage into my daily denim. I do like the contrast when you place it on white or blue denim. But it looks most stealth on a black denim of course.
I never want to do belts because I don’t necessarily want to fuss over sizing. Some women have more meat on their bones and others prefer the high waist lock down and other’s like a low waist. That was my biggest challenge I guess with this was to have this belt option both ways. Something that would look good on a low or high waist, and instead of going that typical belt direction of having holes and buckles, using the essence of the zipper’s malleable characteristic as the essential design motif. If you wear it on a high waist you’ll simply have more loops. Or maybe you only like one loop and a long tail. Up to you.