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Stinson R. Ely Intros "Watch Strap" Alligator Belts In 12 Colors. Touts ‘40s-Er
To cap his Hollywood Waistband trousers, designer Andy Stinson adds hand "watch-strap" alligator belts. Boasting 3/4" and 1" widths and ‘40s-era "cloaked buckles," it fuels Stinson’s fast growing rep as America’s top luxury designer.
By: Stinson/R. ELy & Partners
Polishing the patina of his "rebel-designer"
Although Stinson’s newly debuted collection touts dress styles in traditional, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" widths, it’s his slim, 3/4" and 1" retro-inspired styles – all artisan hand-crafted from rare, "watch strap" alligator – that again T-bones current trends and inspires his second, contrarian fashion prediction: "Thin-is-in."
Stinson’s first divination – a real doozie, claim some fashion pros – is that the now-voguish look of men’s slim-cut, plain-front slacks is near DOA and fashion’s next flat-liner. Jury is still out on this. It’s verdict, however, will render Stinson either a soothsaying trend genius or fashion’s court jester. But just leaked peeks from Tom Ford’s next men’s show could deliver Stinson’s salvation. Full of high-waisted, pleat front dress and formal slacks, it backs-up Stinson’s own "pleats-are-
A minimalist who marches-to-his-
Two interchangeable buckles – one silver and one gold tone – accompany each belt.
Stinson’s thin-belt thinking is backed-up by logic and aesthetics: Wide belts draw the eye’s focus to the waist. They thicken the torso and create the illusion of an bigger-than-
At 3/4" and 1" widths, Stinson’s belts measure half the span of today’s most popular widths and counter the trend to chunkier widths. Stinson, however, is targeting a handful of risk takers marketers call "fashion innovators,"
Beside his 3/4" and 1" widths, Stinson’s also betting his "covered," or "cloaked" buckles – buckles wrapped in matching alligator – ignites its own fashionista feeding frenzy. Dubbed his "signature buckle," a matching alligator belt and buckle, tells Stinson, was once all the rage among Hollywood’s top matinee idols of the ‘30s and ‘40s.
Stinson R. Ely’s alligator belts – thin and wide, alike – are all artisan hand-made in America.
Stinson is co-branding his belts with Henry Slaughter, their artisan maker. Officially, the collection’s name is Stinson R. Ely by Henry Slaughter. Though Slaughter ranks an obscure unknown among consumers, he’s a highly respected pro whose artisan talents make him one of the most sought after makers of ladies hand bags, here and abroad.
Stinson pegged the retail price of his 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" widths at $495. Hollywood Legends Collection trafficks slightly higher at $525 for the 3/4" width and $545 for the 1" width. Thank watch-strap alligator – the rarest and costliest part of the hide – for the surprisingly higher cost of the narrower widths, explained Stinson. Cloaked, or covered, buckles add another $45 to each belt’s retail.
About Stinson R. Ely Bespoke: A dandy’s collection, exclusively, Stinson R. Ely Bespoke is dedicated to the design genius of co-founder, Robbi Ely, an ardent minimalist who time and again, proved the ageless saw that the most visually dramatic designs are those reduced to their simplest elements.
Anchored by its revival of the iconic Hollywood Waistband slack, Stinson R. Ely Bespoke is a luxury niched collection of dress and formal slacks that touts custom-bespoke, made-to-measure and ready-to-wear collections . Daringly colored and boasting bold and adventurous pattern motifs, each pair is artisan hand-sewn by Rochester, New York-based, Adrian Jules.