Make an attempt to start a Belstaff thread where we can discuss Belstaff products and post pictures off our jackets and other stuff from the brand.
I've got one! The 554, to be specific. Love it! I'll have to get around to posting a picture. I use it for everything from a camera bag (foam insert for protection, a range bag to hold ammunition/pistol/cleaning kit/etc., a travel bag and just a regular bag for carrying books/documents/etc.
And I have yet to see anyone else (in person) with it!
trialmaster evolution in antique gray (nicer version of trialmaster)
classic tourist trophy in brown (trialmaster handmade for motorcycle use- this is belstaffs best kept secret. Comes with shoulder and elbow pads and a zip in vest with the thickest wax cotton they use for less than the price of the fashion trialmaster)
antique black brad jacket (not from j.crap)
S.Icon steve mcqueen in black
Ewan McGregor Long Way Down jacket in silverish blue
New Marten Blazer in natural leather
ltd Bel-Way blouson silver- featherweight jacket that is windproof and waterproof
I don't like the old English ones. They were made well, but were too plain. The new super expensive ones are price gouged through the roof.
The past 2-3 years from the Italians were good if you knew which models to buy. They became so popular a lot of them were being produced in china, and the quality dropped a lot. Some models were still made in italy though if you knew which ones to look for... like I said, and they were as good if not better than the older english ones.
The j.crap belstaff often had a higher price than the euro version, and had less features or was made more poorly. The finishes on their leather is amazing. Their waxed jackets are a step above too. Don't believe me? Just go buy a barbour- Rough material, oily wax on your hand when you touch it. Belstaffs soft material, thicker material, wax that doesn't feel oily.... The often use new materials first or develop new materials such as their mission impossible ballistic fabric, the belway fabric, the longway down jacket uses 1000 count cordura which is unheard of, most of the leather is also tanned with 3m scotchguard built in
barbour is not in the same league as a belstaff. The belstaff will be nicer in every way. The zipper, the snaps, the cotton, the lining, the wax itself. Everything is nicer on a belstaff.
A hilarious and accurate question, but I think it's important to note some major differences in the brands. So many people want to compare Barbour and Belstaff. I know a ton of people here are loyal to Barbour. They make a really good-looking jacket, and the Sylkoil isn't that problematic. However, for true motorcycle gear—not these fashion-centric items you've cited—I don't see any way Barbour can compete since, quite simply, they offer no jackets with protective gear, and Belstaff's motorcycle jackets come with protectors standard. I have a Belstaff Mojave in brown and a Belstaff Riding Jersey in green (I just can't do black...). They both offer protection from impact, in the form of actual shoulder and elbow protectors, and from weather. Barbour can only offer the latter. Great for strolling the English countryside or a simplified cosmopolitan look. Not on a bike.
What's more, I have a 34" chest, and Belstaff makes jackets that actually fit me. Whereas Barbour's size 32 might provide a slim fit for someone with a 38 inch chest...
As for the wretched items you cited, well...I wouldn't be caught dead in any of it. But I rely on Belstaff for protection first, fashion second, and they haven't disappointed me on either front yet.
All Belstaff jackets, regardless of gender, are made with left-side zips, in keeping with European fashion tradition (just FYI, Barbour does the same). Regarding the sizing, that's very surprising because I find Belstaff to be either slightly larger than true to size (and I mean slightly) or true to size. Which jacket is it?