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swirl embroidered belt

by Jenny Krauss
Handmade
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  • the story

Fashion's a Cinch

Inspired by Van Gogh's famous "Starry Night" and a love of nature's vibrant colors, designer Jenny Krauss created this breathtaking swirl belt. Enliven your favorite outfit with daring, sustainable style. The thick, rich texture comes from a unique type of curly wool that is handwoven by fair trade artisans in Peru. Each belt combines classic and modern aesthetics to create a lasting hybrid design. The rust-proof buckle is sealed with a silver patina, composed of a zinc, aluminum, magnesium, and copper combination. Handmade in Peru.

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  • details
Handmade
Item ID
20931
Made from
100% wool, copper, zinc, magnesium, wool
Measurements
small fits waist sizes: 23-31"; medium fits waist sizes: 28"-37"; large fits waist sizes: 34-43"; 2" W
Notes
Length from tip to tip: small 35", medium 41", large 47". *Given that they are handmade by hundreds of different artisans they mare vary in length up to an inch.*
Care: dry clean.
  • the maker
Jenny Krauss

Jenny Krauss

Here's the thing about Jenny Krauss' company: it's not about her. Jenny began making baby and home gifts 20 years ago, but has spent the last 10 years providing work for Bolivian and Peruvian artisans, often women with exceptional skills and few options for work.

"The women are often the sole support for their families and the work they do for me has not only helped them financially, but psychologically as well. They speak to me about lack of opportunity and how meaningful it is to create something they can sell. It's a joy to visit them and see changes in their lives."

When she started her company in 1999, Jenny didn't know a thing about business. She had studied art and design. "I didn't have a big plan for my life, but I'm happy that things turned out the way they did. I always knew I'd be involved with creativity and beautiful things.

These days Jenny lives in New York and enjoys designing new products and visiting artisans. "Office work is a drag." She travels to Bolivia and Peru to meet with Fair Trade artisans and to provide them with new projects. "It's important to give and empower those less fortunate. Most people don't have a lot of opportunity to better their lives, so it feels good to be able to contribute something empowering and sustainable."

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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SWIRL EMBROIDERED BELT
 
4.9

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stylish (20)
  • Comfortable (17)
  • Versatile (14)
  • Durable (9)
  • Unique (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Casual wear (16)
  • Travel (8)
  • School (6)
  • Office (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual dresser (11), Classic dresser (5), Trendy/stylish dresser (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (17), Yes (5)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Self (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other (3)

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5.0

lots of style with a purpose!

By 

from san diego, ca

About Me Casual Dresser

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Stylish
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear
    • Office
    • School
    • Travel

    Comments about SWIRL EMBROIDERED BELT:

    A great belt that holds my pants up and makes me look a little dressy. It seems like it's going to last a long time and it's not a leather product which is important to me since I practice compassion towards animals. I would recommend this belt to anyone.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes, Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or Hanukkah

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    colorful and unique

    By 

    from rockville centre ny

    About Me Classic Dresser

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Stylish
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear

      Comments about SWIRL EMBROIDERED BELT:

      This is a beautiful belt, really a work of art and fun to wear.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No, No
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Self

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Visually interesting.but watch sizing!

      By 

      from Wisconsin

      About Me Trendy/Stylish Dresser

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Stylish
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Not Substantial Buckle
      • Poor Fit

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear
      • Office
      • School
      • Travel
      • With Blue Jeans

      Comments about SWIRL EMBROIDERED BELT:

      As others have mentioned, this belt, as all the Peruvian belts shown, are visually interesting, comfortable and go with almost all clothing items.

      I echo Carla's sentiments about sizing: Like her, I wear a size 4 and wear lower-rise pants. I ordered a small-size belt and could buckle it only in the first hole, as she stated. I felt it maybe looked a bit small, so returned it for a medium, which was WAY too large...The holes are spaced quite far apart...I returned the medium and got the small once again. So if you, like us, wear you pants mid-or low rise, take that into consideration when ordering.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Self
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Other

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE!

      By 

      from Indianapolis, IN

      About Me Casual Dresser

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Stylish
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Wear
        • Office
        • School
        • Travel

        Comments about SWIRL EMBROIDERED BELT:

        I've received numerous compliments & it goes with everything!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Self
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Other

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        Buy IT!!

        By 

        from Tampa, FL

        About Me Casual Dresser

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Dresses up an outfit
        • Stylish
        • Unique
        • Versatile
        • Vibrant Colors

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Wear anytime

          Comments about SWIRL EMBROIDERED BELT:

          The many colors of this beautiful belt enhance so many outfits! I love wearing it. The picture doesn't do it justice.

          The fact that it is handmade by Peruvian women and providing them a source of income is an added benefit.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Self
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Other

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love it!

          By 

          from Virginia

          About Me Trendy/Stylish Dresser

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Stylish
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Casual Wear

            Comments about SWIRL EMBROIDERED BELT:

            I wear a 4 in pants. I wear my jeans at my hips ( not the widest part but where the bones can be felt ) I ordered a small a nd due to the slightly stretchy nature of the construction it fits great. There is only enough left to tuck through the first belt loop. So consider your style and not just your size when you order.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Absolutley Beautiful!

            By 

            from Evansville, IN

            About Me Casual Dresser

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Durable
            • Stylish

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Casual Wear
              • School
              • Travel

              Comments about SWIRL EMBROIDERED BELT:

              I wear a lot of solid colors so this adds style and a focal point to make your outfit look good. Don't have to worry about the brown belt with brown shoes, you can wear whatever color shoes and carry whatever color purse! It is absolutley beautiful and light in weight. If you are normally a large leather belt, get a medium of this belt. It is made of wool so can expand a bit when buckeling. I love the work of this Jenny Krauss I might get another one of her belts...but I am so in love with this one because it has soooo many different colors in it I only need one belt for everything I have:) Thanks Jenny. Peace!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              It sparkles with color

              By 

              from Ypsilanti, Michigan

              About Me Classic Dresser

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Stylish
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Casual Wear

                Comments about SWIRL EMBROIDERED BELT:

                I wore it belted low over a dressy t shirt with a skirt --and looked great.
                the next time, I wore it with a pair of cropped pants with the shirt tucked
                in -- and looked great again. I really like the way it adds a splash of
                color and design to my neutrals.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Fair trade goods at Fair price!

                By 

                from Marblehead Ohio

                About Me Classic Dresser

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Best price anywhere
                • Comfortable
                • Durable
                • Help support women
                • Stylish
                • Versatile
                • Well made

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Casual Wear
                  • Office
                  • School
                  • Travel
                  • Works with everything

                  Comments about SWIRL EMBROIDERED BELT:

                  Nice to know that your purchase, while priced well in a competitive market, is helping another person in a community that needs our help

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Comment on this review

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Instant style for any outfit

                  By 

                  from Hershey, PA

                  About Me Casual Dresser

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Durable
                  • Stylish
                  • Unique
                  • Vibrant

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Casual Wear

                    Comments about SWIRL EMBROIDERED BELT:

                    I wanted a similar belt from another catalog for Christmas but it was sold out, so I was thrilled to see this in the UG catalog. I thought I still preferred the 1st belt until this one arrived -- very quickly, I might add. I absolutely love it. The colors are bold and striking, but it's not too over-the-top. It adds instant style to a basic t-shirt and jeans, and is a nice touch under a solid-colored sweater. Works well with any solid color. I get a lot of compliments on it. One note -- not a complaint because I like the width, but it's a bit of a tight fit in the belt loops of my jeans. Really the loops need to be wider, because I wouldn't want the belt to be more narrow. I ordered a medium (I'm typically a 4-6) based on the measurements for the sizes but should have gone with a small. Because of the belt loop issue I can't run the excess through the loop again so I just tuck it under the belt, no real problem. I also love that it's providing income to women in another part of the world!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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