I know the history of this type of belt, and actually, very similar models can be found by a variety of companies. Nearly all the belts have similar buckles, down the the "pineapple". Engineered Garments is one of the more expensive brands, but I've never seen a bridle leather belt offered this inexpensively, in the UK or elsewhere.
Of course Engineered Garments has a designer markup, that goes without saying. And it is possible that this belt is of the same quality, but I doubt it. I have been working on sourcing both leather and buckles; and unless, as I said, the belt is a direct manufacturer-to-customer business, these guys are selling the belts at lower than how much I could wholesale a similar belt for. (Either that, or I really need to be calling these guy's manufacturer.) If this company is a manufacturer-to-customer company, then the belt is definitely not by the same manufacturer. (I know who manufactures the EG belts.)
I am also aware that bridle leather is quite common in the UK. It is nevertheless a selling point, and I've noticed this on many UK sites retailing belts.
Again, I have not seen the belt. The above are just my informed guesses.
Anyway, I am interested in a report on this belt. Would you mind posting detailed pics and commenting on leather quality, etc.. when you receive the belt?
Edit: It seems, from reading the "About us" on the website, and "Where-to-buy" sections on the website, that this is in fact a direct manufacturer-to-customer company. There you go. Definitely not the same manufacturer (although the buckles could be sourced from the same company), and I am really interested to see if the belt is bridle leather and whether the quality is there. I have seen very well made American bridle leather belts, but with a much simpler, cheaper buckle, sold for approximately $40+shipping, from a direct manufacturer-to-customer outfit, but even these outfits charge about $60+ for belt with fancier buckle, and American prices are usually significantly lower than UK prices.
Originally Posted by jedwards
Its funny actually, cos I found that belt myself on Google. I decided to order one today.
LA Guy, I have to say this in a friendly way, but you are being a snob. The belts are both made in England - after a bit of research while looking for this style belt, it seems that this is indeed an "old fashioned" English military style belt that has been in existence and production since around the WWs.
Another point. Good quality (mid price) belts made in England from smaller brands / artisans etc are commonly made from Bridle Leather, so this is not really that an exclusive a leather. (Certainly not to charge what E.G are charging)
If you look at the buckle and the metal 'belt loop' you will even notice they have the same sort of 'pineapple' logo are whatever it is. Do you really think Engineered Garments have commissioned an entirely new belt - or is it more likely they are using exactly the same belt from the English supplier and simply selling it as an E.G belt? (not that there is anything 'wrong' with this, it happens all the time with designer brands)
When I get the belt sometime next week due to British Bank Holidays, I will report back on the quality.
But seeing as they are both made in the UK, I am willing to bet they are probably identical and from the same supplier.
Just because something is cheaper financially, does not mean it is cheaper in terms of quality.
I'm like the next guy on here who is *sometimes* willing to pay for a bit of prestige and buy a 'designer' label, but when I can get the exact same thing (and seemingly by matter of deduction, made by the same supplier) without the 'brand' and much cheaper, I am not so daft as to think the one with the brand on the label is the 'better' one.