Apr
6
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

Trend Alert: LPGA Players Gear Up With Personalized Belt Buckles

If you haven’t noticed yet, the Ladies on Tour are sporting some stylish outfits these days. The new “IT” item is personalized belt buckles made by 59 Belts. The buckles are a growing fashion statement by pros, which bring “quality, fashion, and function” to the golf course. Tres chic!

And who is behind this hip accessory? Trevor Derrhiem is president of 59 Belts and his design partner is none other than Hwanhee Lee, a former junior golf superstar and now a player on the DURAMED Futures Tour. The trend-setting duo create the personalized buckles for the players or work with them to customize a style that suits their liking.

Some of the big names rocking these in vogue belts include Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa (her logo pictured above), Paula Creamer, Suzann Pettersen, Se Ri Pak, Vicky Hurst, Jiyai Shin, Meaghan Francella, Jimin Kang and Jill McGill.

When I came across this item, I immediately thought of Anthony Kim’s eye-catching Elevée studded “AK” belt buckle. I would normally agree with those that find it rather obnoxious (including Tiger Woods). The Swarwoski crystals are a tad over the top. But, for some reason, AK pulls it off; it must be his fun-loving, charming personality. With that said, I’m a fan of both AK and his lavish glittery belt.

But, I digress. Which company came up with the custom belts first? Elevee or 59 Belts? I tried to dig this up, but couldn’t come to a definite conclusion. Either way, it doesn’t matter. They are both unique in their own right and appear to have different principles on design.