This belt that I recently bought from Carla and Carla on Etsy was chosen for my collection because of two things. It fits into a general travel theme and it can be paired with my 1950s novelty print skirts. I’m always looking for this type of belt, especially those featuring travel or sports.
I’ve seen these novelty belts advertised as being from the 1950s, 1980s, or even 1970s. I can see why there is confusion, especially with the 80s. During that era belts were wide, and were often contoured to fit the waist. I’ve even seen similar belts from the 1980s that were decorated with African animals or faux coins. But this one is from the 50s, or maybe the early 60s, when novelties were very popular.
The maker is Calderon. I don’t know a thing about the company other than they made belts and handbags at least from the 1950s through the 1980s. Oh, and that they made a high quality product. My belt is stamped “Handmade” and it has features that would not be seen in lower quality belts.
Note the little leather patch. These are glued over the metal pieces that hold on each metal motif. Also, notice how nicely the back of the buckle is lined in leather.
In this photo you can see how the belt curves to fit the bottom of the waist. A belt this wide, just under two inches, would be uncomfortable if it was cut straight and had to sit on the middle of the waist.
If I were the type to go crazy with a theme, I might pair this belt with this skirt.
I’m always looking for similar belts, so if you happen to spot one, please don’t hesitate to let me know about it. But don’t bother with this one on 1st Dibs, as I’ve been looking at it lovingly for quite a while now. And I’ll be looking at it for a while longer until someone lists one on etsy for a bit of a lower price!
9 responses to “1950s Sports Car Themed Belt by Calderon”
Well, I can see how you can get carried away with this collection. What shoes would you pair with the outfit?
This was a very young look, popular with teens. Depending on the occasion, they would have worn ballerina flats, sandals, or even sneakers.
Calderon was the resource of choice- utilized by top designers for their accessory requirements. Designers like Ann Klein designed “for” them. I would love to know more about them. I only knew them as purveyors of quality products. their belts were expensive and the quality superior.
just saw Lynn’s question-as a fashion person-I would have used a flat black leather “ballerina” 50’s style. Not that anyone ask me-just a thought!
As a fashion history person, I’ll say that you are correct!
Thank you for sharing this! I’m so glad you were able to correctly identify the era on this one!
This is probably one of the coolest novelty accessories I’ve seen! Nice addition to the collection!
I have two Calderon 1950’s belts, just curious what you paid for yours. Mine are a bit worn, but super fun…golf course theme and a car/train/airplane and camel! Thank you for your help.
**I saw the white one for $325! Crazy expensive!
I’m cheap and look for bargains. I paid $25 for this one.