Originally Posted by ken
Having only had experience w/Barbour, what's the reason for the higher Belstaff price tag? Barbour stuff seems constructed w/pretty damn high standards. It's hard to think that something could be more bullet-proof than those are.
Unfortunately, Belstaff is being remarketed as a 'fashion' label, after it was bought by an Italian company around four years ago. Although there's still a Union Jack on their jackets, they are now, I believe, made in Italy. They've reissued some lovely repros of landmark jackets, like Steve McQueen's (although diehards will know that McQueen's main jacket was a Barbour INternational). But personally I think the soul of the brand has gone. They have a flagship store on Conduit St, and the assistants could care less. A lot of their product is horrible cropped aged leather jackets, the kind of thing that was ppular in the 80s, while jackets that five years ago were Â£140 now fetch Â£300 plus. Unfortunately, a by-product of the fact that Belstaff have hiked their prices, is that original ones have shot up in price too! Although I've always been biased against Barbour (it's generally seen as a country toff range, favored by the aristocracy) for my next jacket I might shell out on a Barbour A7, which is a pretty cool item, which I think at one time inspired a Belstaff copy. There is some doubt, but it seems that the Balstaff McQueen repro is in fact based on a Barbour original: http://www.mcqueenonline.com/belstafftrialmaster.htm