Quality belts

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  1. Fuuma

    Fuuma Franchouillard Modasse

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    I'm looking for quality dress belts. I'm only interested in black or brown leather belts with plain buckles, where I won't have to pay a premium to be a walking billboard for Gucci. Since I already own some nice dress belts I'm in no hurry and might consider ebay if I know what to look for.
     
  2. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    Throw stones at me if you will, but my Brooks Brothers belt (not from the outlet - repeat, NOT from the outlet) has served me very well for four months with no signs of wear of any kind. And it is the only belt I've found that it the PERFECT shade of dark brown.
     
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    zjpj83 Senior member

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    I like the belts to be a soft leather. I like my Zegna in brown and my Bruno Magli in black.
    I have an alligator Trafalgar that I also like very much.
    Do not get Coach or anything like that, IMO.
     
  4. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    Paul Stuart makes excellent leather belts. I have one I've worn regularly for over 15 years, in black lambsuede, and it still looks nearly new. Another one in black ostrich has held up nearly as well.

    I also like Trafalgar and Robert Talbott belts. I avoid Coach based on prior negative experience.

    EBay is a great place for belts. There are lots of Trafalgar belts to be found there. Lots of nice looking Allen Edmonds belts too.
     
  5. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    Cartier American Tank. Simple, refined, reversible black / brown.

    Jon.
     
  6. STYLESTUDENT

    STYLESTUDENT Senior member

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    Purple Label on Ebay. Well made and durable.
     
  7. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    Longhi at Wilkes Bashford.

    Trafalgar at Marshall's.

    Hermes, though not the H-buckle belt.

    Richard James, at Richard James.

    Edward Green, through Edward Green.
     
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    norcaltransplant Senior member

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    - No more "real" Trafalgar at Marshall's and other outlets.  They've been replaced by mediocre Made-In-China substitutes.

    - Coach are mediocre at best; I purchased 4-5 belts from the Coach outlet off Ocean Ave. in Carmel, CA and they still look decent after regular wear.

    - Paul Smith uses pretty good leather and offers attractive buckles for casual wear.  My go-to brown belt.

    - Paul Stuart are expensive and well-made.

    - I really like the Adam Derrick belts that are sold at the To Boot sample sales.  Removable buckles are a nice feature for frequent fliers.

    NCT
     
  9. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    JM Weston makes a very nice black/brown reversible belt. For some reason, Weston also makes incredibly tacky belts with a big "W" for a buckle.
     
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    handler4me Well-Known Member

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    would anyone recommend the fendi logo belt? I want an exciting belt without having a tacky belt buckle.
     
  11. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    That would have been perfect for the Black Tie and Boots ball last week . . .
     
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    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    forgive me for hijacking this thread,( [​IMG]) but what are the pros and cons of reversible belts? i have always assumed them to be inferior, like clip-on ties.
     
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    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    I've a Brioni reversible in brown and black, and a Mark Cross in black lizardskin and brown smooth leather.
     
  14. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    For more fashon belts:

    Baltazar
    Hollywood Trading Company (a little ubiquitous)
    Red Monkey

    There are lots of indie companies in LA I'll write about tomorrow, time permitting.
     
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    Jon,
    Can you post a picture of your belt? I've never actually seen a Cartier belt, and I've been curious since you mention it from time to time.
    Thanks.

    Ryan
     

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