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post #61 of 80

For causal/unique belts I highly recommend Narragansett Leathers. Handmade to your exact size, made in USA. Their color range and buckle choices are limited but I own 4 different basic belts from them and all of them are excellent. And for the price (starting around $45) they are hard to beat. 

post #62 of 80
hello, anyone have any ideas for a cheaper alternative to something like the below belt from drakes. £155 seems steep to me as most of the belt is fabric..
http://www.drakes-london.com/accessories/belts/bridle-leather-elastic-belt-6146

i want to get somethign casual like this
post #63 of 80
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Originally Posted by lovelux2010 View Post

hello, anyone have any ideas for a cheaper alternative to something like the below belt from drakes. £155 seems steep to me as most of the belt is fabric..
http://www.drakes-london.com/accessories/belts/bridle-leather-elastic-belt-6146

i want to get somethign casual like this

Almost any American clothier will have these. Try checking out Paul Stuart, Brooks Brothers, J Press, O'Connell's, and The Andover Shop. Even Land's End and Orvis should have something.
post #64 of 80
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Originally Posted by lovelux2010 View Post

hello, anyone have any ideas for a cheaper alternative to something like the below belt from drakes. £155 seems steep to me as most of the belt is fabric..
http://www.drakes-london.com/accessories/belts/bridle-leather-elastic-belt-6146

i want to get somethign casual like this

That belt is I think made by Matin Fayze in the UK. Assuming Im right it will be well made using good leather and at a brief glance hand stitched but is being marked up hugely by someone in the chain. I dont know who resells their stuff but there will be others who do Im sure

Charlie
post #65 of 80

Wow, pricy, need to start making belts :)

post #66 of 80
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Wow, pricy, need to start making belts smile.gif

I recon in this case theres an agent and then a retailer taking most of the profit. Shows how effective cutting the middle men out is!

Charlie
post #67 of 80
I'd like to interject here and say that in belts, as in all other things, "best" has no meaning unless you have clearly defined criteria, and what is "best" for you might not be "best" for the next person. I think that we can safely say that makers like Charlie at Equus make some fine belts, and Hermes belts are also impeccable, from what I've seen, and there are numerous English, French, and Italian makers who all do a fine job. And if you are looking for something very specific, it's possible that only one designer or one manufacturer makes it, and knows how to make it.
post #68 of 80
Fok with the epistemological argument.
post #69 of 80
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Originally Posted by Equus Leather View Post

That belt is I think made by Matin Fayze in the UK. Assuming Im right it will be well made using good leather and at a brief glance hand stitched but is being marked up hugely by someone in the chain. I dont know who resells their stuff but there will be others who do Im sure

Charlie

thanks Charlie. the equus belts look great to me, i'll look to order one of those
post #70 of 80
I am a fan of Bill Julian. His belts are amazing.

http://wmjuliandesign.blogspot.hk/search?updated-max=2010-07-06T10:58:00-04:00&max-results=7

http://www.blogger.com/profile/14110548170124794219
post #71 of 80
I just purchased a Farnese tubo belt from No Man Walks Alone


http://www.nomanwalksalone.com/index.php/accessories/belts/brown-soft-calf-tubo-tubular-dress-belt-1362.html


The leather has a nice grain and is soft and flexible. The buckle is heavy and plated. The tubo shape is a distinctive feature. I say the quality and price are excellent and equal to well known shoe brand belts selling for much more. I am considering purchasing another one or two of them.
post #72 of 80
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There is a saddleback leather thread on here. I do not have any of their belts, but I think they will probably be too casual for my use at least.

If you are looking for the option to swap buckles, you may also want to check out Tanner Goods. They also have an official thread on here.

I have to give my AA+++ recommendation to Saddleback belts. Thing is, they are casual (go well with cords, jeans, chinos)--don't buy one if you need a dress belt.

 

If you want a beautiful and FUNCTIONAL casual belt though they are the best I have found for a few reasons:

1. great looking/feeling leather.

2. THICKNESS -- the weight and thickness helps my (mid rise, not low rise) chinos stay in place.

3. FIT / belt hole intervals -- they are I think an inch apart (whereas normal interval is 1.5" apart) so you get a much better fit/tightness. (You don't have to decide between 'a tad too tight' and a 'tad too lose')

 

I have tried many belts over the years. 2nd favorite is the much more expensive Ferragamo (like them for their soft leather, though it stretches too much). Saddleback is my #1 favorite.

post #73 of 80
Can't go wrong with Filson bridle leather belts!
post #74 of 80
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Originally Posted by Lucky13 View Post
 

For causal/unique belts I highly recommend Narragansett Leathers. Handmade to your exact size, made in USA. Their color range and buckle choices are limited but I own 4 different basic belts from them and all of them are excellent. And for the price (starting around $45) they are hard to beat. 


+1

 

I've been using my Equus for a while among the other fashion branded 20+ belts I got in the collection and decided to try out Narragansett. I ended up like them so much I ordered 5 for myself and 3 for my son. At around $48 each nothing out there would beat them especially considering they're real handmade high quality bridle leather that's very flexible yet definitely last longer than other belts. The quality I'd say is about 50% of Equus which is 2x the price. Both also provide some interesting buckles I haven't found anywhere else. Anyway Narragansett is definitely the hidden gem for belts which I think won't last long as Alan the owner is doing it in retirement.


Edited by Riva - 4/4/14 at 6:23pm
post #75 of 80
Equus hands down for me. Artisanal quality, huge range of options, husband and wife team that loves what they do, reasonable prices, and spectacular customer service.

What else could you possibly want?
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