Starting out on a kitchen table and a vision for unique men’s wear, Cliff Belts offers more than the typical men’s pocket wallet or leather belt. After exploring alternate materials, Cliff, the designer and founder of Cliff Belts, was led to a more unique material—cork. Cliff Belts is an accessory line handmade from cork and other natural materials. Products range from bags and wallets to bracelets and belts, each produced with its own originality. I happened upon Cliff Belts while spending the afternoon at the Chelsea Market (one of my favorite spots in the city) in the ID Pop Shop.
Name: Jenel Ronn
Role: Brand Representative, Cliff Belts
CollegeFasionista: How did you get involved with Cliff Belts?
Jenel Ronn: I first started working part-time with Cliff during the holiday markets in November and December. After Cliff Belts started to grow and get more wholesale accounts he needed more help. It was a natural transition into the company.
CF: Why did Cliff Belts ultimately decide to use cork instead of other materials?
JR: While researching materials, Cliff found that there are a lot of producers of cork. The majority of cork is actually sourced from Portugal and Italy. But cork is very sustainable and eco-friendly. All of our products are technically vegan and are made from natural and plant based dyes.
CF: Does Cliff Belts have any new designs in the works?
JR: The great thing about being local and designing locally is that we can do a lot of small batches. We are always playing around with different designs and tweaking things to see what works and what doesn’t work. We have our newest item an American flag belt which is made completely in the United States. But looking to the fall and the holiday season we have a lot of new stuff in the works. There will probably be different larger bags or something between a wallet and a clutch.
Learn More: New York is full of pop up shops. You can find Cliff Belts at various locations around the city including one of the brand’s frequent stops, the Chelsea Market located on 75th 9th Ave. Cliff Belts ships internationally and can be purchased on their website. For additional information like Cliff Belts on Facebook. Also, be sure to check out Cliff Belts’ brand new line of pet accessories which includes leashes, collars and more.