- Jun 29, 2016
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Chiming in regarding Equus belts. I own four or five Stratfield belt straps and three buckles in various finishes.You may be able to have a local cobbler just install some metal snaps onto ready-to-wear belts. That would be cheaper than getting something custom made, and then you can still swap out buckles when you need.
Otherwise, Charlie at Equus Leather makes some nice leather belts. Most of his work is in bridle leather, which I prefer on more casual pants.
For calfskin or exotics, I like my belt from Chester Mox. They have a machine and hand-sewing options, the second obvoiusly being more expensive. I like those a little better with dress pants.
If you do RTW, I really like Brooks Brothers belts. I think they go on sale pretty reliably mid-season for about $100 or so. I've been surprised at how well mine have held up over the years. I believe those may already come with snap button closures, so you can swap out the buckles.
When I discovered these belt kits a few years ago they quickly replaced my belts worn with nicer trousers and suits. Besides the great selection of colors in the strap bridle leather, the clean and smooth finished leather surface, the unique and stunning buckles - the real elegance of the whole ensemble to me is (when custom-sized properly) one's belt shows no exposed holes when worn.
Exposed holes in belts now look a bit superfluous and klunky to me now, compared to the clean elegance of the Stratfield belt.