Filed Under: When Austin Powers can't keep his pants up, he calls Mark Joiner.
Overview: Series of handmade, contemporary and handsome belt buckles, each created one at a time using fused glass. No two pieces are the same, so you can simultaneously be stylish while having a style that's all your own
Appreciate: The amazing use of color. Mark Joiner is particularly fond of the mid-century modern style, and that fondness is reflected by the full palette of colors expressed in his unique designs. The example shown above is just one of many worth admiring on Mark Joiner's website. For color without colors (plural), have a look at the beautiful monotone Woodwater collection. Or if you prefer a more muted look, opt for the Steadfast collection. These buckles feature a matted finish and conservative colors such as woodland brown, espresso, black, gray, umber, and blue steel. Still another option in keeing things "toned" down is to wear more neutral colors in the rest of what you've got on, and let these buckles be the color statement
Know: The buckles are nice and cool to the touch now, but at one point they were heated to 1,450 degrees in a kiln. This is how fused glass (also called kilnformed glass) is made; or at least, it's one step in the process. Sandblasting and (sometimes) return-trips to the kiln are involved before these intricate pieces are ready. And when they are, you'll be surprised at how strong the finish has become. Now get out of the gym and into a kiln
Special Comments: Buckles don't come by themselves; sharp-looking leather belts by Mark Joiner are attached, available in distressed black, distressed chocolate, walnut, or antique white
Cost: Most buckle/belt combos range from $115 up to $145
See them: Here.