Two notes about Trafalgar: Almost two years ago, the belt side of Trafalgar was sold to Randa, a department store tie maker that wanted to broaden its offering to its existing accounts. While Randa says they are maintaining the Trafalgar factory in Norwalk, CT, I've noticed Trafalgar goods showing up in stores where Marley Hodgson wouldn't have vomited. The new belts in the new accounts are made in China. I haven't noticed the Chinese belts infiltrating any of the historic Trafalgar accounts, independent specialty stores. Coincident with the cheapening of a great brand, I've also noticed some standard, CT-made belts turning up in discounters. For instance, I saw a full size range of the 1" chestnut alligator (that Paul Stuart has stocked consistently for at least 20 years) belt in Filene's Basement for $99, about 70% off regular retail. Granted, my data sample is small, but I have to wonder whether Randa is liquidating Trafalgar's standing inventory in preparation for closing the CT factory and moving all their production to China.