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Top quality belts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by foto010101, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. JoeRe

    JoeRe Member

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    Got my EG belt during the January sale, 42 Pounds cut to measure.
     
  2. LabelKing

    LabelKing Well-Known Member

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    I would really love a tortoise-shell belt buckle. I'd like a plain rectangular buckle in mottled shell with a solid yellow gold frame around.
     
  3. Flieger

    Flieger Well-Known Member

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    Lleyva

    &

    Andrea d' Amico

    are both adequate and satisfactory
    style and quality wise for me.
     
  4. dl20

    dl20 Well-Known Member

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    a while back I bought 2 romano martegani alligator belts for under 100$ a piece. They are not Hermes but definately a steal at that price.

    DL
     
  5. Roger

    Roger Well-Known Member

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    There's been some talk in this thread about Edward Green belts. I ordered one a couple of years ago and must say that I was completely underwhelmed with it. I paid something on the order of $150 for it (not on sale), and it appears to be about the same quality as my Allen-Edmonds belts that I purchased for much less. It's a standard 1 1/8"-wide edge-stitched belt with a very plain--and not terribly attractive--short and rounded brass buckle. The leather's probably fine, but doesn't seem exceptional in any way. The stitching is fine, the holes are round, but it's very ordinary. Perhaps the one advantage of an EG belt, if one has EG shoes, is that you can match the leather of the belt to your shoes--if you're so inclined.

    At about the same time that I got the EG belt, I purchased a Crockett & Jones belt from PLal, and it cost something like $120. It seems to be about the same quality as the EG, but has a much nicer buckle (at least to my eye)--longer, rectangular, with more squared corners and a nice raised end-piece. Still, after all is said and done, neither seems in any clearly-visible way superior to my A-E belts.
     
  6. foto010101

    foto010101 Well-Known Member

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    Regarding the way a gentleman has to wear his belt: is it really a rule to use the hole that is positioned exactly between the other holes so that at both sites of the used hole the same number of holes exist?
     
  7. skin1879

    skin1879 Well-Known Member

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    I purchased an AE belt - calf in walnut color - for $100 to match a pair of AE shoes. The belt scuffs very easily and has a cracked look around where I fasten it due to light use. Although I've been happy with the quality of their shoes, I am very disappointed with the quality of this belt.
     
  8. foto010101

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  9. GeorgePaul

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  10. newinny

    newinny Well-Known Member

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    I bought a reversible Gap belt once. The leather dye stained/ruined some shirts before I caught it. Since then I picked up a Tumi belt and some Barney's house brands. The Tumi's the best quality and only 100 bucks.
     
  11. Bargs

    Bargs Well-Known Member

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    I've had great luck with Cole-Haan and Ralph Lauren. Just picked up a RLPL alligator one with a sterling buckle that is VERY nice!
     
  12. 0b5cur1ty

    0b5cur1ty Well-Known Member

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    Hi all,

    I don't think anyone's mentioned this brand yet: The nicest belt I own is a plain black one from Fratelli Rossetti, bought at their store in Antwerp. Not cheap (though also nowhere near as expensive as some of the designer names mentioned here) but wonderful quality leather and very nicely stiched, with an elegant buckle. They have lots of nice designs.

    I have a couple of cheap jeans-type belts from WE that are holding up very well after years of use (can't beat the WE stores for simple basics IMHO [​IMG] ).
     
  13. aribo

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    I have used leathergoodsconnection.com a few times. I really like their stuff!
     
  14. TJC

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    For me. Love Hermes Belts. Also Prada & Cartier Belts.
     
  15. UCBerkelyHaas06

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    I want to answer this in two parts: what I look for in quality belts, and who I think are the best.

    #1. Top quality belts have a few key similarities. Most important is the necessity for one piece of supple leather. Cheaper belts are made from thinner pieces of rougher "split" leather glued together to feign quality and thickness. To me, the second key factor is buckle weight. Brass and silver are both nice and heavy. Third, is the leather treatments. The best manufacturers have clever ways of dying, softening, distressing, so create the perfect look - whether you're going for a clean belt to go with slacks or a suit, or a vintage or embellished belt to wear with your jeans.

    #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.
     
  16. Roger

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    #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. [​IMG]
     
  17. UCBerkelyHaas06

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    Haha ok fair enough. I agree with you. I should have narrowed my comment to say "denim-oriented" belts. In the grand world of belts, the Hermes and Zegnas of the world are doing some nice things. Regarding the website - we only sell to retailers (not direct to consumers). Our retailers don't want everyone to see the wholesale prices, and we've had some problems getting knocked-off in the past. So we're keeping the site kinda private until our direct to consumer site is ready to launch.
     
  18. RJman

    RJman Well-Known Member

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    Did you really go to Haas? If so, why misspell Berkeley?
     
  19. UCBerkelyHaas06

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    I did graduate from Haas @ Berkeley. Miss-spelled Berkeley as a personal error then I couldn't figure out how to change it. Do you know how? Did you go to UCB?
     
  20. teddieriley

    teddieriley Well-Known Member

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    I did graduate from Haas @ Berkeley. Miss-spelled Berkeley as a personal error then I couldn't figure out how to change it. Do you know how? Did you go to UCB?


    You misspelling Berkeley is utterly amazing. That sort of mistake isn't a typo either (I went to Cal, and I can't fathom missing the 3rd "e"). Also, misspell is one word. I think, usually without mod intervention, you are stuck with the SN you create.
     

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