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Affordable Leather Belts vs Braided Belts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by BuffaloWang, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. BuffaloWang

    BuffaloWang Senior member

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    Braided belt with no buckle?
    I can take it off :p. LOL could you?
     
  2. pvrhye

    pvrhye Senior member

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    I would too. But that'll probably raise the price to the hand-crafted
    category.


    I doubt it'd be too hard to find on in steel.
     
  3. BuffaloWang

    BuffaloWang Senior member

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    I'll head to Macy's and take a look. See what's there and post back.
    Any recommendations for looking around? :p
     
  4. Spy

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    As someone who works at macys, do not buy club room belts. They're made with the worst quality bonded leather and will fall apart after about five uses.

    e: honestly all of the belts suck there though, because macys is a terrible store.
     
  5. comrade

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    I doubt it'd be too hard to find on in steel.

    What I meant is a leather or leather covered buckle, with only
    the prong in metal. I've seen these, I am not sure where, at
    prices which were much higher than Macys or even Brooks.
     
  6. comrade

    comrade Senior member

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    As someone who works at macys, do not buy club room belts. They're made with the worst quality bonded leather and will fall apart after about five uses.

    e: honestly all of the belts suck there though, because macys is a terrible store.


    Funny you should mention this, my current Club Room Belts(s) were in exchange for a Nautica
    Braided belt that fell apart in a very short time.

    http://www1.macys.com/catalog/produc...D4%26spc%3D313

    So, far I have been lucky with the Club Room belts. I've been wearing mine for over six months
    at least five times a week. As far as my personal clothing bona fides, I only buy underwear and
    cheap belts at Macys. My current tailored clothing is high-end RTW: Belvest, Isaia, Battistoni.
    I wear T&A, H&K, H&H shirts, etc.
     
  7. comrade

    comrade Senior member

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    Funny you should mention this, my current Club Room Belts(s) were in exchange for a Nautica
    Braided belt that fell apart in a very short time.

    http://www1.macys.com/catalog/produc...D4%26spc%3D313

    So, far I have been lucky with the Club Room belts. I've been wearing mine for over six months
    at least five times a week. As far as my personal clothing bona fides, I only buy underwear and
    cheap belts at Macys. My current tailored clothing is high-end RTW: Belvest, Isaia, Battistoni.
    I wear T&A, H&K, H&H shirts, etc.


    Well, in the interests of full disclosure, I just noticed that the Club Room belt which I have been
    wearing since last Fall is starting to disintegrate. This poses a practical and moral dilemma. I
    usually worship quality... not necessarily the hand work and other fetishes that pervade this forum,
    but clothes which are well-made and last. For example, the shirt I wore to the last meet up
    was purchased in London about ten years ago. The tie I wore with it was inherited and about
    thirty years old. Admittedly, one of the reasons that my clothes last is that I wear jeans
    and the like most of the time, which wasn't the case a decade ago. Nevertheless, do I get
    more of these belts which cost less than a haircut, or do I spend multiples more at Brooks
    Bros, a store whose quality, in my personal experience, has plummeted in the last 10-15 years,
    for a belt that will fall apart after a year or two instead of eight months.
     
  8. Artking3

    Artking3 Senior member

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    Nevertheless, do I get
    more of these belts which cost less than a haircut, or do I spend multiples more at Brooks
    Bros, a store whose quality, in my personal experience, has plummeted in the last 10-15 years,
    for a belt that will fall apart after a year or two instead of eight months.


    I give you option #3: neither! There are better belts than Brooks Brothers' belts, which still cost less than BB. Get those instead.
     
  9. comrade

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    I give you option #3: neither! There are better belts than Brooks Brothers' belts, which still cost less than BB. Get those instead.

    For braided leather belts, where do you suggest?
     
  10. Artking3

    Artking3 Senior member

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    For braided leather belts, where do you suggest?

    I recommend Anderson's, but you can only get them overseas. Even with shipping, its costs the same as Brooks Brothers but of far better quality.
     
  11. comrade

    comrade Senior member

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    I recommend Anderson's, but you can only get them overseas. Even with shipping, its costs the same as Brooks Brothers but of far better quality.

    Is this the Anderson's?

    http://www.anderson.it/

    Can you recommend a retailer?
    One cannot purchase direct from the website.

    Thanks again.
     
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    Braided belts are so 1980s college.
     
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    boibleu22 Well-Known Member

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    I can vouch for Spy, i've purchased a couple of things from him and his products are top notch. Additionally, he has great customer service as well.
     

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