Alexis Kirk Vintage 1980's Adjustable Snakeskin Belt. Designer Signed.
This beautiful vintage snakeskin belt was purchased from the Neiman Marcus store in Dallas, Texas in the 1980's. I also listed a necklace designed by Mr. Kirk during this same 1980's period. The beauty of this belt is that it is adjustable, just like the Judith Leiber belt I also have listed with a maximum length of 39" when fully extended, it can be adjusted to a much smaller length. High end accessory designers frequently use the two sliders in the back to make it easy to give you a proper fit. Unlike the Judith Leiber black belt the Alexis Kirk belt buckle can be removed and used on any other belt, leather, snakeskin, fabric as long as it fits inside the 3/4" loops.
The beige snakeskin color is neutral and will go with anything, the outstanding feature of this vintage belt is the gold plated link buckle with articulated links of alternating square and hexagon sculptural plaques that measure 7-3/4" across the front, (four links are 1" square and three are 1-1/4" high hexagons). The Alexis Kirk oval cartouche with copyright C is on the center hook link. The buckle is substantial in weight and gold plated showing no wear. The lining of the belt is camel color leather, note, there is a photo of one spot on the lining where the leather was folded but it does not appear on the outside snakeskin.
Alexis Kirk majored in art at Harvard University, attended the Rhode Island School of Design and came from a family of artists. Mr. Kirk was a designer of clothing, jewelry and fashion accessories and his belt designs were his focus in the 1980's, he won the Coty American Fashion Critics Award in 1970 and other prestigious fashion awards in the 1980's. His designs were sold in exclusive retail stores like Neiman Marcus in Dallas with a who's who of fashion clients.
Like his jewelry, his belts were bold, chunky and inspired by designs from antiquity.
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