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post #16 of 33
Belstaff puts a lot more work (probably more than any other design house, really) in its aging processes. Not that that at all accounts for all of the price, of course. Most of it is marketing and brand placement, and they're very aggressive with getting their stuff into almost every single remotely large budget movie possible. It works, so they charge what they do because they can. That said, the actual riding side of the line is much more reasonably priced (maybe 30-50% more than comparable Barbour). Still a lot, but not nearly as stupid.

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post #17 of 33
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Having only had experience w/Barbour, what's the reason for the higher Belstaff price tag?
Belstaff jackets look cooler.
post #18 of 33
Yeah, ok, that's the simple answer.
post #19 of 33
Plus Belstaff has a pretty storied history, with very popular figures of their time wearing their product. Most notably Ernesto Che Guevara and Steve McQueen all had their hands on one, and Belstaff has made tribute coats in limited edition numbers to honor them. The Legend version of the Trailmaster is just one of many jackets worn by actors and seems to be a rising favorite among Hollywood - The ones I know who wear them in films are: Leonardo DiCaprio (in The Aviator and The Departed), Will Smith (in I Am Legend), Tom Cruise (in Mission Impossible III and War of the Worlds), Naomi Watts (in Eastern Promises), William H. Macy (in Wild Hogs), Christian Bale (in the Dark Knight), Cate Blanchett/Heath Ledger (in I'm Not There), Johnny Depp (in Sweeny Todd), James Marsden (in X-Men 3), Kevin Spacey (in Superman Returns) and Reese Witherspoon (in Penelope).
post #20 of 33
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Ernesto Che Guevara had their hands on one........ Naomi Watts (in Eastern Promises)... and Reese Witherspoon (in Penelope).

Che....main reason I have a personal issue against Belstaff, not that the company endorsed him or anything...just one of those anti-commie things I get hung up about

Naomi Watts in EP.... fuck she looked good in her Trialmaster

as did Reese, tho not as schwingy as Naomi
post #21 of 33
lol 'schwingy' - I'm going to have to integrate that into a future conversation hahaha
post #22 of 33
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Originally Posted by chronic View Post
Barneys NYC has a bunch, including the one from The Dark Knight on sale (small only).

Belstaff is pretty hard to find here in the US, even in LA, in Beverly Hills. I've been searching casually since last year and finding a small made things even more difficult. A week ago, I googled "Belstaff where available in US" which lead me to this forum and thread. Read this post, called Barneys NYC, confirmed sizing and measurements and ordered the Dark Leather Blouson. I received two days later.

Awesome jacket. What a small world, even on the internet. Thanks for the tip chronic!
post #23 of 33
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Originally Posted by ken View Post
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 £140 now fetch £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
post #24 of 33
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Originally Posted by Pablo-T View Post
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.
Well, there are certainly worse parts of the world in which to have your jacket made. Belstaff, like most labels, produce a lot of bad stuff along with a few classics. Their waxed jackets are superior to what Barbour is churning out (i.e., uneven, stinky wax). In addition, most Barbour stuff is boxy and sized for dads. I like and own both brands, but Belstaff produces a better quality jacket along with a higher price tag. I also don't like the stupid Che connection.
post #25 of 33
Hi, anyone know a way to get a comprehensive list of bestaff stockists. I'm visiting Boston, from ireland, next month and want to see if I can pick one up? 'Cougar' in black-brown I think. One possible stockist in the Boston area was mentioned already. The guys from belstaff have been less than helpful. Any suggestions really appreciated.
Or suggest a better learther jacket to spend a ridiculous amount of money on while in Boston. Schott?
Thanks
post #26 of 33
Available in USA from British Motorcycle Gear

www.BritishMotorcycleGear.com
1-800-432-9004
post #27 of 33
also available in my sig
post #28 of 33
this is a long-shot but I am looking for a Belstaff jacket I saw some guy wearing today and I can't find it anywhere online.

It was waxed cotton in an olive green color, thin, but not wrinkly like some of the other thin, waxed cotton jackets I've seen. Clean and slick looking. It was about medium length, not cropped, but not long either. No built in belt (at least this guys didn't have one, but he might have taken it off), but the small neck belt-buckle thing, and a yellow square Belstaff patch on the left arm.

I know thats a pretty vague description, but does anyone think they know the jacket I'm referring to? model name?

Thanks
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post #30 of 33
jacket Im looking for is not on that site. 'm thinking it may be an older model although the one I saw looked brand new
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