Are you a talented artist with a passion for alternative fashion? Do you believe you have the creativity and talent to design a cool and unique belt that the world needs to see? At Lowlife, we've always been passionate about celebrating individuality and artistic expression and we're excited to invite aspiring artists and seasoned creatives to join us in a unique collaboration that will turn your artistic vision into a wearable masterpiece. Lowlife can make your dream of designing a belt a reality to bring your art to life.

The Intersection of Art and Fashion

At Lowlife, we've always believed in the powerful synergy between art and fashion. Our mission is to celebrate individuality and self-expression through our belts, and what better way to achieve this than by partnering with talented artists like you? We see belts not just as functional accessories but as canvases for creativity, waiting to be painted with your unique designs. It isn't as easy as you might think, the shape of a belt means the area you have to work with is the most restrictive canvas you will ever have laid your art on.

Whether it is a fully printed design like our horror inspired Graveyard Shift halloween belt or a tattoo designed ink'd by an award winning tattoo artist, or a combination skull print on a studded belt, fitting an outstanding design onto a thin strip of leather (or vegan leather) takes talent and skill.  Do you think you have that level of artistic ability?  Well if you do and you want to design your own belt then get in touch with us and we will take you on a fantastic custom belt journey.

The Design Phase

Collaborating with Lowlife to design your belt is an exciting journey that starts with your artistic vision. Designing your own Lowlife belt is an opportunity to create something truly extraordinary. It's a celebration of your individuality, a fusion of art and fashion, and a wearable masterpiece that tells your story.  The first step is to create your design so that it would fit on a long belt. Some artists include studs in their designs, some create a purely printed belt with no additional hardware.  Whether it's intricate illustrations, bold graphics, or abstract designs, the artist's creativity knows no bounds. This phase is marked by artistic freedom and innovation, resulting in belts that are not only stylish but also thought-provoking and visually captivating.

The Collaborative Process

Once you've crafted your design, we conduct a review to ensure it aligns seamlessly with our alternative fashion ethos and resonates with the discerning tastes of our devoted Lowlife followers. I'm afraid dainty flowers and fluffy bunnies just don't cut it!  We superimpose your design onto a belt canvas ensuring that none of its artistry is compromised, maintaining open communication throughout this iterative process. Decisions on materials used, leather or a vegan alternative, as well as the finish for the hardware, buckles and eyelets is discussed and agreed.  Sometimes, like the Christopher Luke collaboration, a buckle is also created to compliment the belt.  This collaborative exchange continues until the final design is just right and your hard work is then done.  Throughout this process we agree on the terms of business for Lowlife producing your very own belt design.

Sample Creation

Once we've agreed the final design of your belt we send the artwork and specification over to our factory and pay for a sample belt to be made by hand. This can take up to a month to be produced and returned to us.  Only then can we truly see what the belt really looks like.  Something on a computer screen often looks very different to the actual finished article.  The process of printing an image onto a textile is complicated because, while the screen offers a dynamic, illuminated canvas for showcasing intricate details and vibrant colors, the printed belt is usually a more flat and darker finish, although it does add a tactile dimension to the artistry. The texture of the belt material, whether leather, vegan alternative, or another fabric, introduces a physical interaction with the design. This tactile engagement allows for a unique, real-world appreciation of the graphic, creating a fusion of aesthetics and functionality. The transition from digital to printed form also requires meticulous attention to detail to ensure that the design seamlessly integrates with the belt's dimensions and maintains its visual appeal. We speak to you about the sample to ensure the colours and design match your vision, but more often than not we need to tweak the design and colour saturation, requiring more samples to be created by the factory. This isn't cheap as we have to pay for each new sample until we get the design exactly right.

Production of Your Belt Design

When we are both happy with the final sample of your belt design we at Lowlife submit an order to the factory and pay for production to begin.  Usually the minimum order quantity for any belt is 1,000 pieces so this is a big commitment and a big expense which highlights the faith we have in your artistic ability and the commercial viability of your creation.  Production and delivery can take up to three months to complete so you can see that designing your own belt is a long and complicated process, but we have been doing this since 2001 so we know what we are doing and will deal with all the stresses involved.  Once the belt is produced Lowlife then arranges transportation and pays all the duties and charges for importation into the country. Before your belt is ready to be worn and showcased, it goes through a rigorous quality assurance process to make sure it meets our high standards of quality and durability.

Unveiling Your Creation

Finally, your unique belt is ready for its grand reveal. We'll present it to you, and you'll have the pleasure of seeing your artistic vision transformed into a tangible, wearable piece of art.  For established artists with lots of followers we can often agree to a two staged release schedule, giving you an exclusive launch time to reveal and trade your belt design to your fans.  This gives you the spotlight for your hard work and allows you to benefit from the early sales rush.  After an agreed timescale Lowlife then launches the new belt for sale to the Lowlife fans, promoting not just the belt but also your artistic creation and you as an artist.

Join the Lowlife Artist Collective

When you collaborate with Lowlife, you become a part of our vibrant artist collective. Your creation will be featured in our collection, allowing you to share your art with a global audience of fashion-forward individuals who appreciate the beauty of unique, artistic individuality. We're excited to embark on this creative journey with you, and we can't wait to see the unique belts that will emerge from these artistic collaborations. So, if you're ready to turn your vision into reality and wear your creativity proudly, get in touch with us to start designing your custom Lowlife belt today. The possibilities are limitless, and the result will be nothing short of amazing.