hollywood trading company (htc)
in recognizing the artful workmanship and distinctive quality of hand-crafted leather belts often identified with vintage americana, zip stevenson, began searching the country in 1993 for authentic, vintage leather belts. part history lesson and part reclamation project, he quickly learned about peoples love affair with these classic, handmade accessories. he noticed the most intricately designed ones were always the most popular and at the same time the most difficult to come by. accordingly, he began to make his own versions of them for himself and his friends and selling them at his denim doctors store.
in 2000, bowing to the tremendous demand for his belts, stevenson established hollywood trading company (htc) brand name under which this unique vision and style of timeless fashion accessories was realized. the highly skilled artisans behind htc continue to create fresh, unique products expressive of a maverick sense of style that are thrilling consumers and retailers throughout the planet.
similar to the collectors of vintage blue jeans that are fanatical for the jeans faded beauty, htc goods are made with the same low tech, artisan methods, rather than with the precise conformity of high tech, mass production. every htc product has an aged look and rough hewn, time-honored feel that just gets better and better with each wearing.
today, htcs leather belts and accessories, some adorned with patina finished hardware and unique findings, are sold by a-list stores including stevensons own hollywood trading company store @ fred segal santa monica and his hollywood trading company at beverly and martel (los angeles), barneys new york (nyc & beverly hills), neiman marcus (u.s.a.), hollywood ranch market (tokyo), browns (london), no 44 (paris), l'eclaireur (paris) and antonoli (milan).