This is my vintage western belt I picked up last weekend for a single pound. Yeah, I know, what a bargain! I've been into a lot of charity shops recently and I'd say one in every ten turn up an absolute gem, this belt being one of them. As soon as I spotted the silver pointed detail at the end of the belt shining through, almost hidden by the other leather's, I dug it straight out to find this western beauty.

The weather here in rainy Manchester has been, well - rainy, so I decided to shoot this look a little differently to how I'd normally go about it. I shot this in my bedroom with the curtains closed. It was pretty dark but that's how I wanted it, the single white flash from the camera was enough to give this set of images that look and feel of old 70's photography, plus I went one step better and decided to make a short film - obviously in black and white.

Mick Jagger
I shot the whole thing on the bed, which with a few well placed props looked pretty sweet. You may recognise the old Kodak film camera which I've been wanting to use in a shoot since I bought it a few months back. Ever since I saw the classic image of Mick with one of these old school video camera's I've been wanting to recreate the vibe.

Since I was channelling Mick behind the camera I'd like to think I was also resembling one of my style icons - Jim Morrison in front of it. As soon as anyone puts on a pair of leather trousers that's who they probably want to take their inspiration from. This look was all about the belt and with that being old American style, Jim was clearly the one to get inspired by, especially with a fine rum by my side.

The detail on this belt is amazing, it has old five cent coins positioned the whole way around, plus the pointed detail on the belt is to die for. The heavy darted point sits perfectly on the side of my belt loops and looks killer. This isn't really where I'd normally position a belt but more of a practical reason - the belt was too big for me. However, with a few added holes punched into the leather this belt now fits me like a dream. That's it with vintage, you've sometimes got to make little adjustments yourself to make it the way you want it, lucky here, that was only a two minute job.

This is the first piece I've ever bought from a charity shop, but if they're anything like this I'll be going back for more. You've got to have a little patience shopping this way but when you find something you weren't expecting you'll be greatly rewarded. I'd love to know if you've come across some killer pieces in these kind of shops and how you've styled up to into your outfits. 

You can go check my YouTube out tonight were I talk a little more about my bargain belt plus there's also brief and chat too. I'm going to upload a killer look video on my channel tomorrow night but if you want to see it now, you can check out my Instagram - @theunidentifiedrocker

Photographs by CJ Carpenter


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