Manufacturers at all points of the price spectrum expect wider belt styles -- some that reach to two inches -- to attract contemporary accessories buying dollars at the Las Vegas show.
Manufacturers are tying the '90s jeans belts back into the '70s looks with:
* Peace, love, sun and other hippie details in silver buckle treatments;
* The pilgrim buckle that echoes the men's footwear market;
* Oil-tan leather and nubuck suede fabrications;
* Perforated belts or leather items that feature punctures for an "airier" look;
* Whipstitching, braids and other Western details that were big in the late '70s during the heyday of the Urban Cowboy;
* Workwear-inspired heavy belts that feature double-prong buckles and other industrial details.
The grunge and Ragamuffin looks that took over designer runways in January are also being interpreted in men's leather belt collections -- albeit in a more mainstream, watered-down version.
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