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just bought a ridiculously expensive alligator belt....how should I care for it?

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Bought an Alligator belt from brooks brothers (original price 898, on sale for 670), I have done an exhaustive search on this, because I want to keep this belt for as long as possible, and I've read everything from "Never apply anything to alligator belts or else they could get destroyed" to "apply exotic leather conditioner once a month or else the belt can dry out and get permanently damaged". I have no clue on how to take care of this thing. Anyone have experience with these belts? Help!

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Reptilian skins are built to last. Wear with gusto, and in good health.
 

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holy shit thats cheap.. i want to buy it too

at my place dunhill one cost 1.5k+ and ermenegildo zegna cost 2k+

what about aliggator shoes? does Brookbrothers have them? if have how much??
 

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The reason why you are getting different opinions about their care is that there is usually two components. Anything reptillian is invariably lined with another leather, such as calf or peccary.

What you can do is to occasionally wipe it with a light coat of conditioner, starting with the lining, then simply buff the front with a slightly damp cloth to restore lustre.

There is no need for exotic leather cleaners, just nothing harsh. In NZ, my folks have a tradition of using lanolin, which is widely available. Heat and scratches are more likely to ruin crocodile skins.
 

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just bought a ridiculously expensive alligator belt....how should I care for it?

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holy shit thats cheap.. i want to buy it too

at my place dunhill one cost 1.5k+ and ermenegildo zegna cost 2k+

what about aliggator shoes? does Brookbrothers have them? if have how much??
 

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Originally Posted by hermes man
holy shit thats cheap.. i want to buy it too

at my place dunhill one cost 1.5k+ and ermenegildo zegna cost 2k+

what about aliggator shoes? does Brookbrothers have them? if have how much??


Where are you from????
 

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Originally Posted by Francisco
Where are you from????

malaysia...

i really wish to own an alligator stuffs but most of them are way out of my budget
 

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Originally Posted by hermes man
wow thanks alot ... i love it and the price is 1/3 of LV's alligator loafers...

but i dont think they ship to malaysia



there is a Brooks Brother in Singapore although I'm not sure if they carry those.. You might want to try your luck while doing some visiting.
 

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Originally Posted by hermes man
malaysia...

i really wish to own an alligator stuffs but most of them are way out of my budget


I think Malaysia and many countries near it do make and sell croc belts, since they rear their own crocs.

Forget about all those crap about how branded stuff are built to last, have better quality control or their artisans are more skilled than your local products etc. You are talking about a belt here. I think the locals can do a croc belt which can last as long as a BB or even Hermes belt.

Just becareful of who you buy from. Understand that Thailand do sell fake croc stuff, which are very difficult to differentiate from the real stuff unless you cut it up.
 

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Originally Posted by Francisco
there is a Brooks Brother in Singapore although I'm not sure if they carry those.. You might want to try your luck while doing some visiting.
yea malaysia have 1 brook brother also .. next time i visit the capital i will check it out

Originally Posted by Jangofett
I think Malaysia and many countries near it do make and sell croc belts, since they rear their own crocs.

Forget about all those crap about how branded stuff are built to last, have better quality control or their artisans are more skilled than your local products etc. You are talking about a belt here. I think the locals can do a croc belt which can last as long as a BB or even Hermes belt.

Just becareful of who you buy from. Understand that Thailand do sell fake croc stuff, which are very difficult to differentiate from the real stuff unless you cut it up.


i dont know where to find lol .. anyway if priced too high i wont consider it.. but BB aliggator shoe is quite good priced.. considering they are made in italy.. 1.1k for alligator loafer and branded one too
 

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Brooks Bros sends their items internationally for a fixed shipping rate, regardless of number of items purchased or their values. Not sure about south-east asia though since credit card fraud cases are quite high.

Just do a mock check out to verify.
 

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Originally Posted by hermes man
yea malaysia have 1 brook brother also .. next time i visit the capital i will check it out



i dont know where to find lol .. anyway if priced too high i wont consider it.. but BB aliggator shoe is quite good priced.. considering they are made in italy.. 1.1k for alligator loafer and branded one too


I wont buy the croc shoes from the locals. Nothing to do with fakes but I doubt their skills in croc shoe making is that good. Buying croc belts and wallets should be safe.

On that note, dont know whether BB is 'branded'. And I cant imagine BB selling genuine croc products. If it is made in Italy, I doubt it will sell at 1.1 k, even if it is made by BB.
 

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Saphir makes a reptile-skin specific conditioner.

It's all you need
 

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