Originally Posted by LA Guy
I like 1.25" or thinner better, mainly so that they go better with slim clothing, and with more voluminous clothing, the belt would look more "rope" like, which reminds me of the rope belts used in peasant clothing in China and Japan. Probably all of this is of no interest to anyone else, but I'd be super happy if Charlie could commission such a buckle for me!
Our sales figures bear out the trend towards 1 1/4", thats what we sell the most of by a long long way. There are still the those who like 1 1/2" for general wear though - my own absolutely favourite belt is one of the first Scots made which is 1 1/2". I wear it every day in the workshop, my puppy (now over a year old!) has chewed it a bit and its now 3 holes too big, its an old friend that I won't part with though. If you trawl through our sales figures you can see interesting trends about width preferences amongst different age groups in different countries etc. We don't do it scientifically enough to compile the figures but as with everything in fashion its clear there are different niches. As much as possible we try to have something that'll appeal whatever width your in to. We've just taken delivery of a new design in 1" for e.g. that the narrow belt people will like I hope.
Id tend to agree about 1 3/8" - its a really interesting hybrid width and maybe the ideal. We really struggle to source buckles in that size though which is a shame. We're trying to commission more and more of our own designs as time goes by so we can hopefully get some more. Likewise 1 1/8" seems to be a really nice formal width - 1" is too narrow (to me) and 1 1/4" is too wide. My own formal belt are all 1 1/8", though when I was younger 1" seemed to be the width everyone had.
Fok, if you have an image of the type of buckle you have in mind we might be able to do something - depends what it is. I can see why the texture of the Rentetsu is up your street though, its very organic and while I had wood grain in mind rope isn't that different