A Belt is a piece of attire that has been part of men and women’s clothing since the Bronze Age. Over time, belt
manufacturers have used a variety of materials such as elasticated bands or leather to make a long piece that is placed
around the waist to keep trousers in place and fit garments such as a dress, skirt or shorts close to the body.
Even though we are all familiar with a belt, its use, the variety of designs and the materials it can be made of, it is interesting to
know how this piece, so widely used and necessary, has evolved, and where it comes from.
The belt in History
The first reference that exists of belts dates back to the Bronze Age, which is when this accessory was first used by men,
children and to a lesser degree by women. This changed in the Middle Ages when it was incorporated to the attire of that
Moving forward in time, between 1900 and 1910, the belt returned strongly to women’s fashion, whereas in the 1920’s, it
was the turn of men’s fashion because the design of trousers changed and it became an essential accessory and not only
ornamental as it had been before.
Over centuries, the evolution of this accessory essential in fashion has been impressive; in particular in the Modern Age due
to the availability of a great variety of materials, going from traditional high quality leather, which is still dominant, to designs
that adapt to trends and fashion.
High quality leather, textiles and elasticated materials are only a few examples of the materials that can be used to
manufacture belts. Over time and due to new trends in fashion, new materials have been added allowing for a great variety of
designs and colours. At Leyva, we use high quality leather, which is the perfect base for our exclusive creations. Pelts and
skins from snake, crocodile, eel, alligator, ostrich and ray fish, among others, are use at Leyva in our Exotic Collection.
Exquisite styles made totally by hand provide a unique and artisan finish.
It is curious to know that centuries after its invention, this garment has not undergone significant changes in its shape
and that it is still an essential element in fashion..
Come to know our collections: LEYVA SPORT, LEYVA DESIGNER’S, LEYVA REGIMENTAL and LEYVA PLATINUM.
You will be surprised!!!!