Originally Posted by UCBerkelyHaas06
#2. Who are the best manufacturers? In my view, there are only two belt manufacturers fighting for the right to be called "best." Brave belts from Canada, and the brand I manage, Bill Adler, from Oregon (Bill Adler also makes all of Nike Inc's belts, hence our Oregon headquarters). Brave & Bill Adler both have belts as their core business, which allows focus and attention to detail. The big brands, for which belts are a secondary business, just don't seem to care as much about belts.
In what possible way are these two the "only two belt manufacturers fighting for the right to be called 'best'." As far as I can see, Brave belts are limited to a small number of very fashion-forward designs that just wouldn't work with any dress or business outfit that I can think of. And Bill Adler belts--which your website makes almost impossible to see (since I wasn't already a customer, I couldn't access the catalog)--appear to be more of the same--lots of "creative" metal pieces, funky designs, and other "fashion-forward" features--pretty much ruling them out completely for any kind of dress or business wear. There are lots of truly excellent beltmakers out there (including many large commercial outfits like Allen-Edmonds, Hermes, Zegna, etc., that market belts made for them, in addition to the smaller shops) that can definitely give Brave and Bill Adler a "fight for the right to be called the best" and would, I believe win that fight.