Fall Accessories Trend: “Beltletts” from Belted Wrist

wrap bracelets from belted wrist's line of beltletts

A "beltlett" from Belted Wrist

Our default accessory is usually the always-classic, slightly edgy, go-with-everything Hermès Collier de Chien cuff — in black. And it takes a lot for us to want to swap it out. But when a beautiful white wrap bracelet with pyramid studs from Belted Wrist landed on our desk, we were willing to work something else into our repertoire as well.

We know that the wrap bracelet is hardly a new trend. It was a big accessory this summer and is continuing to factor prominently into fall dressing, as it goes perfectly with some of fall’s edgier looks. While we instantly loved the look of our Belted Wrist number, what sold us was the quality and craftsmanship: calfskin leather, no odd fraying edges, evenly spaced studs, a nicely embossed logo. In short, it didn’t look like it had been plucked out of the latest fast-fashion meal deal box.

The recently launched, Los Angeles-based company is helmed by longtime high school friends Kristina Melikov, a former architectural project manager and Zoe Caratas, a hotel management industry veteran. The pair has been able to marry Melikov’s attention to detail and design with Caratas’ sales and hospitality savvy into a start-up line that has been seeing robust sales right out of the gate.

“Our experiences compliment one another,” Caratas said. “And it’s one of the main reasons why we have so much fun with the brand.”

wrap bracelets from Belted Wrist

Belted Wrist wrap bracelets

Despite currently having only six styles in the line, the duo has been working furiously to keep up with the onslaught of online orders they are receiving on the company’s Web site.

Melikov and Caratas are among the ever-increasing apparel and accessories companies favoring online selling due to higher profit margins, but are in the process of expanding to more retail outlets. Currently, they are carried by Indexx boutique in Studio City, Calif. They will be featuring their designs to buyers in L.A. at the UniqueLA design and gift show, December 11-12.

“For now we’re focusing on adding additional designs to our existing line and growing the brand organically,” said Caratas.

The American-made “beltletts,” which can be worn either wrapped around the wrist as a bracelet or on the waist as a belt (depending on how much you’ve had to eat that day), run a very reasonable $65 to $85 (something which can not, however, be said for the Hermès cuff, love it as we do). And C’mon, who doesn’t love a twofer these days!

It took the pair about a year to find the right production team. “It the beginning it was challenging finding reliable partners,” said Caratas. “But we’re always in constant pursuit of perfection and luckily we partnered-up with the right suppliers.”

Tiffany blue beltlett from Belted Wrist

Tiffany Blue Beltlett from Belted Wrist

The black Tyra bracelet with pyramid studs and the caramel-colored safari Beltlett with round flat studs are pair-with-anything classics. But we also love the Tiffany Beltlett in Tiffany blue. Perfect to pair with, say, a Tiffany & Co. bag from the storied jeweler’s

Tiffany tote bag

Tiffany & Co. tote bag

newly launched handbag collection from the beloved design team of Richard Lambertson and John Truex. (Just a thought…)

New pieces for fall are coming out soon. Expect some softer colors and earthy tones with a touch of glamour. Melikov and Caratas are also in the process of inking a deal to produce an exclusive line for a Beverly Hills label. But details have not been released yet.

Fashion Trends Daily will be waiting eagerly (of course, with our “beltlett” on) for the news…

Check them out at www.beltedwrist.com

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Author:Michelle Dalton Tyree

Fashion Trends Daily is the brainchild of Michelle Dalton Tyree. She is the former West Coast Retail Editor for Women’s Wear Daily, Fashion Editor for The Japan Times, and founder of former L.A. luxury boutique Iconology. Michelle is frequently quoted about fashion retail trends in major media outlets such as NPR, KPCC, The Inside Source and the New York Times. She has developed content for many luxury brands and retailers and has written for Allure, Worth Global Style Network, Footwear News and other media outlets.