Originally Posted by RJman
Actually, I'm sure Montblanc's leather goods used to be decent, as they were made by Seeger. Its continuing expansion probably means that corners will be cut. But my problem with them is their wretched logo-ing.
And I don't have a problem with DuPont; their stuff seems nice although it's incredible they haven't gone out of business yet as they make huge losses.
ABP Paris does do belts. I recently took delivery of a shagreen travel frame from them since the person making them for Aubercy went out of business, and the Aubercy shagreen frame was much nicer both in quality of leather and of make. Someone told me Duret makes most of Aubercy's non-shoe/glove leathergoods, but apparently shagreen is handled by someone else. Correction: was.
Still, most of the other ABP stuff I've seen looks pretty good.
I was happy with my Edward Green belts, although they've somehow tripled in price the last few years. Hermes is nice... Anthony Delos will do bespoke belts, with the antiquing you wish for... I like my RJ patent leather belt as well and Longhi makes a good belt too.
What is so wretched about a five star white logo discreetly placed? Have you ever seen Louis Viuton of gucci's overly adorned items, or Dolce's, theirs is quite subtle by comparison. They are owned by the Richemont group by the way that also own lv, Cartier as well as a few other high quality labels. Their quality is superb and made in Italy. I have had a mont blanc belt for over three years now and the stitching as well as the eye holes are nearly pristine today as when first purchased.