What exactly is R22-RIGGING?
rigging | 'rigiNG |
noun | 1) the system of ropes (line) and cables employed to support a ship's masts and to control or set the yards and sails. 2) an apparatus, device or piece of equipment designed for a specific purpose such as arborist work or rock climbing. 3) a particular type of construction for fishing tackle. 4) a manner of dress: the rig of the Army Air Corp. 5) the act of outfitting: they are rigging for the expedition. *
The R22-RIGGING belt is based on the idea of creating a men's sport belt which is truly unique, actually comfortable and something a guy finds fun to wear.
The patented concept incorporates materials used in sports and other activities familiar to men. Authentic rope and hardware from the worlds of boating, climbing and others are the components of the R22-RIGGING belt. Classic belt function meets with an all new form through the rethinking of materials both classic and unexpected.
The R22-RIGGING creator and designer, Randy McDannell, has drawn on his experience in the worlds of design and outdoor living to create the R22 belt and it's multiple variations. A degree in design and architecture from Syracuse University, a decade with Ralph Lauren in New York and Paris, owning a specialty store in Lower Manhattan and another 10 years owning a design firm in San Francisco creating detailed outdoor living spaces all contribute to the R22-RIGGING belt being ideal for the active and casual yet styled lives of men today.
Other influences including coastal childhood summers at his grandparents' in Newport, RI, multiple cross-country road trips, living on both coasts and travel while living overseas have lent to his embracing of interactive living. Notably, water and the life around it have always been a strong influence for Randy. "All my life I've been drawn to the ocean. As an infant, I could swim before I learned to walk!" notes Randy.
Now back on the American Eastern seaboard, Randy is situated on the barrier island of Fort Lauderdale where, with nautical inspiration always only steps away, he is focused on the development of his new belt collection.
With function and style in tandem, the R22 belts aren't just belts but lend to carrying everything from sunglasses and keys to a camping blanket or bags from the corner grocery. The belts are even a handy impromptu leash when walking rover. "Designs for utility are the most interesting to me as there is an honesty about them. A sailboat, a carabiner, a rope; they all exemplify form derived from function resolved in design."
McDannell sees R22-RIGGING as a platform for his designs for style-punctuated casual living. Seeing a void in the market for fun and innovative belts, at a time when men are searching for unique accessories, his first design is a handcrafted belt for men which adds a distinctly relaxed personal statement to their wardrobes all the while lending to the 19,000 year history of the unsurpassed pure function of rope.
It's not just a belt. Tie One On!
* Opening definition paraphrased from the Apple online New Oxford American Dictionary