Belt Bags making a comeback


    Published: May 10, 2007
    IN Australia, they call it a “bum bag.” In France, it’s “le banane.” Apparently much of the world regards the fanny pack, that belted pouch often seen around the enlarged waists of unsophisticated travelers, as little more than a gag item.
    Attempts to elevate its status have met with minimal success. An episode of “Sex and the City,” in which Carrie Bradshaw wore a Gucci version, turned fanny packs into a hot trend. It lasted a New York minute. Lately, ’80s-inclined hipsters have appropriated them, but worn with fluorescent windbreakers and oversize eyewear, the look is ironic, at best. This season, however, a host of young designers are giving the fanny pack a little dignity, thanks to chic new shapes and some proper styling.
    For his spring show, Takahiro Miyashita, the designer for the cult Japanese label Number (N)ine, accessorized his rock ’n’ roll frontiersmen with washed leather ammo packs in earthen tones. Phillip Lim created trim belt clutches that look as crisp and fresh as his nearly-all-white collection. And Kris Van Assche, the newly appointed Dior Homme, proved that even le banane — in bright yellow suede, no less — can look immensely sleek with a boxy gray suit with the sleeves scrunched up.
    For some, it’s a matter of craftsmanship. “Made out of that cheap leather, they’re supercheesy,” said Jordan Betten, the Lost Art designer whose handcrafted leather creations are now on view at the “New York Fashion Now” exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The calfskin hip pouches he made for a musician allowed him to see their potential. “Done right, they can be really cool.”
    On the other hand, Alice Roi, whose oversize coin purses were inspired by the notion of a chic French thief, appreciates the fanny pack’s functionality. “I never saw the point of carrying around a 500-pound bag,” she said. “Technology has gone hands-free. Why
    not baggage?”

  2. oh yeah, maybe they're "in" but i'm not going to wear those LOL
    i don't have hips, and i swore it'll keep on sliding my butt :roflmfao:
  3. I only have one belt bag and not a fan of it.
  4. i'm in! i would definitely buy a waist bag! haven't found THE ONE just yet but i'm keeping my options open...

    i'm totally drooling over the gucci one in being tho :smile:
  5. I have a couple of leather ones. They are perfect for motorcycle riding and rollercoasters. And when you want to be hands free. :heart:
  6. hmmm, interesting but I'll pass.
  7. About time :smile:
  8. Not for me I am afraid
  9. I think they can look cute and hip on the young and skinny.
  10. I have a thick waist. A belt bag would probably just make it look worse.
  11. I'm glad they're "in" bc I just purchased a Gucci..not for the style but for the practicality...but if they're "in" all the better:smile:
  12. never ever ever for me

    i have spanish hips, thighs and the booty those def do not help me out in any dept hands free or not! :smile:
  13. I was recently at a chic local boutique and they tried to sell me a "belt bag." It was VERY wide, covered with brass studs, and had multiple compartments all across it. I said no thank you and passed on it.
  14. I love belt bags! The problem is finding one that is cute enough to wear without looking like a fanny pack.
  15. They are so practical!!

    I used to wear em all the time when i was back in high school I had a really cute army print in bright pink and white loved it to death...It would be nice to have a more stylish one this time roudn and itrs soo good to be hands free..