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post #91 of 128
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Originally Posted by hst View Post
Hi

Btw, I just received 2 bridle leather belts in hazel from Charlie (Equus Leather). I thought they are great. The leather and stiching look extremely sturdy, and the finishing splendid. The belts I got are good with chinos or even jeans.

Thank you for your kind words hst. I'm glad you like them

Charlie
post #92 of 128
it is kind of pointless, but very few clothing choices that we discuss here can be considered 'practical'. sometimes you see something you just have to have. the most expensive belt i have is a Hermes that i paid something like 500 EU for. it was my first time at the 24 Faubourg flagship store and kind of had my mind set on walking out with something, i found the "perfect" reversible belt that i could literally wear with everything (it's black swift on one side, chocolate clemence on the other)...and i got caught up in the moment i might not have pulled the trigger were i in a different frame of mind, but that's kind of the joy of this whole clothing "hobby" thing, IMHO. for most folks a $100 Martin Dingman (best bang-for-buck mainstream belt IMO) will be all they'll ever need.
post #93 of 128
I have about 30 belts from different makers. There is a world of difference between a good belt, and a lesser belt. Apart from the quality of the leather, there is the quality of the edging and stitching, the design of the buckle (and I'm not talking about logo buckles), etc... This is not to mention, for jeans belts, special leather treatments, etc... There is a

Speaking to more traditional belts first, my Borrelli (retail $350) in pebble grain leather is leaps and bounds better than the Martin Dingman belt I had to pick up at Nordstroms ($89) for an emergency. The leather is visibly more supple, with better finishing. The buckle is of a better quality, the stitching more even and better considered, etc...

I have several Engineered Garments belt that was made by an English traditional maker, and the bridle leather ages to become extremely supple. A bridle leather belt made by Leather Goods Connection, which makes very decent belts, has not aged nearly as well.
Here is a picture of one of my favorite jeans's belts:
http://www.contextclothing.com/item.php?id=887
The buckle is hardforged. The shape apparently does not lend itself well to a mold.

I've been doing a forum collaboration to make a jeans belt, which will feature a handforged buckle, and the cost of that alone is $38/apiece. Not to mention that we've gone through about 10 iterations of leather treatments. All of this development takes time and money.
post #94 of 128
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

I've been doing a forum collaboration to make a jeans belt, which will feature a handforged buckle, and the cost of that alone is $38/apiece. Not to mention that we've gone through about 10 iterations of leather treatments. All of this development takes time and money.

Is there any info on this available yet? Who are you working with?
post #95 of 128
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Is there any info on this available yet? Who are you working with?

Right now, I'm working with a leather maker who is a forum member. It's going a little more slowly than I'd like, but that is the nature of these things.
post #96 of 128
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Originally Posted by RowRow View Post
To be honest...they all look the same bro. If there are differences, they are so minor that nobody notices them anyway.

This is silly. Most people can't notice the difference between a well tailored Hugo Boss (~$800 retail, including tailoring) and a $6K Kiton, or between a pair of Italian hackshop shoes and a pair of Girling&Graziano's. I honestly cannot tell the difference between a Hyundai and a BMW, for the most part. Doesn't mean that there are not significant differences. And if you are dressing to impress people who don't notice or appreciate details in clothing and accessories, this is probably not a great forum for you.

I'll tell you what though. No one can mistake the quality of Bottega Veneta leather goods. Of course, a $900 belt is nothing to scoff at. At all.
post #97 of 128
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for most folks a $100 Martin Dingman (best bang-for-buck mainstream belt IMO) will be all they'll ever need.
Dingman and Trafalgar are the ones I am accumulating. They can be had in the $10 - $20 range, used.
post #98 of 128
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post
This is silly. Most people can't notice the difference between a well tailored Hugo Boss (~$800 retail, including tailoring) and a $6K Kiton, or between a pair of Italian hackshop shoes and a pair of Girling&Graziano's. I honestly cannot tell the difference between a Hyundai and a BMW, for the most part. Doesn't mean that there are not significant differences. And if you are dressing to impress people who don't notice or appreciate details in clothing and accessories, this is probably not a great forum for you.

I'll tell you what though. No one can mistake the quality of Bottega Veneta leather goods. Of course, a $900 belt is nothing to scoff at. At all.

Good points and those that know the difference, really do know! Looking forward to seeing the end result especially the 'hand forged' metalwork. Best, Tim
post #99 of 128
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Originally Posted by Equus Leather View Post
Thank you for your kind words hst. I'm glad you like them

Charlie

Equus Leather

I love the belt on your avatar. I wanted to order it but do not see it on your website. Where can i find it? Thanks for any help.

Stelu
post #100 of 128
A good belt will make you feel better and more confident.

Besides, your outfit is only as good as your weakest link.
post #101 of 128
I own several expensive designer belts but my favorites are handmade and hand-stitched horsehide belts that are typically used for carrying firearms. At 1/4" thick, these are rugged as hell and they age beautifully.

I think some here would rather take the $100 they'd save on a good belt to put towards an $800 pair of shoes. That's like selling your car to buy a Rolex. Where's the balance?
post #102 of 128
all belts may look the same, but trust me all belts are not the same. regardless of color, the higher quality material, the longer lasting the belt will be.
post #103 of 128
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Originally Posted by stelu View Post
Equus Leather

I love the belt on your avatar. I wanted to order it but do not see it on your website. Where can i find it? Thanks for any help.

Stelu

Hi Stelu,

The belt in my avatar is a Laced belt with a hand stitched leather roller on the buckle in Australian Nut. You can find it here. If you just like the buckle but dont want the lacing we can do that too, our Roller Buckle belt can have the leather cover option specified as an option.

Glad you like the belts

Charlie
post #104 of 128
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Originally Posted by Reevolving View Post
A belt seems to be one of the more unnoticed parts of an outfit, so it doesn't seem like money well spent. Exposed contrast stitching can distinguish a belt. Suede can. Otherwise, dress belts all look the same to me...boring and black, brown, etc. What am I missing? What's the difference b/w a $20 belt and a $100+ belt? Can someone post some compare/contrasts ? I really would like to know if I am overlooking something. And I don't need to buy a $100 belt b/c it lasts longer. When I was younger, I had a $10 Syms belts last me 5-10 years, with daily use. Thanks.

As far as I'm concerned, it's all about quality. I buy a little more expensive belt than usual because I want to be able to use them longer. Investment of some sort, I guess.
post #105 of 128
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Originally Posted by Equus Leather View Post

Glad you like the belts

Charlie

Another happy Equus customer here. I ordered the west end belt and a surcingle belt with "natural" webbing. I made the mistake of ordering the west end belt way too narrow (3/4") thinking that thin would be nice, but it just looks way too feminine. My fault. I will most likely be reordering another one soon with 1-1/4" width. The surcingle belt is great and I have worn it often. Both belts have amazing leather quality for the price and are really well made.

Charlie, will you be getting in additional buckles anytime soon? I would love a double-ring buckle or a more dressy rectangular buckle.
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