Originally Posted by oneninetyseven
Thanks for that link - I like some of what I see there. You're right - in the last few days, it's been more in my mind that I should focus first on quality. I've had a couple of big let-downs with mass produced, Made in China - and even Made in the USA (but from a big retail chain) leather products. I know that such products can
be well made - but you've got to hunt more, and for the most part, it's not worth spending on cheaply made goods. Give me long-term performance and durability over disposable stuff any day, even if it costs a more (and not really that
much more) to begin with. I'm through with the cheap crap, even if it means waiting longer to purchase something.
You're only 5 months and 33 posts in on your SF membership. A post like yours is usually at the 2 year mark or so (assuming everyone starts from the same point which, obviously, isn't true). Regardless, now you're talking
Take a good look at Torino - I think they're a great choice at the intersection of best-bang-for-the-buck. More expensive than the retail stores? Yes, probably by 40-50%'ish. But will last 10x longer and look/wear a heck of a lot better along the way. It's almost a no brainer once you establish the fact that the $20-$50 department store stuff is all crap.
Since I was in your shoes a couple of years ago, here's a recent SF thread on "who makes the best belts": http://www.styleforum.net/t/236145/who-makes-the-best-belts/0_100
Oh, and I'll save you some reading; if you want a belt that is all yours, practically a work of art, and created by a true artisan, check out Mark Kelty : http://www.mkelty.com/