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Top quality belts

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

  1. 69clyde

    69clyde Senior member

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    Mont Blanc belts are my preference.
     
  2. 69clyde

    69clyde Senior member

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    Actually, I'm sure Montblanc's leather goods used to be decent, as they were made by Seeger. Its continuing expansion probably means that corners will be cut. But my problem with them is their wretched logo-ing.

    And I don't have a problem with DuPont; their stuff seems nice although it's incredible they haven't gone out of business yet as they make huge losses.

    ABP Paris does do belts. I recently took delivery of a shagreen travel frame from them since the person making them for Aubercy went out of business, and the Aubercy shagreen frame was much nicer both in quality of leather and of make. Someone told me Duret makes most of Aubercy's non-shoe/glove leathergoods, but apparently shagreen is handled by someone else. Correction: was.

    Still, most of the other ABP stuff I've seen looks pretty good.

    I was happy with my Edward Green belts, although they've somehow tripled in price the last few years. Hermes is nice... Anthony Delos will do bespoke belts, with the antiquing you wish for... I like my RJ patent leather belt as well and Longhi makes a good belt too.

    What is so wretched about a five star white logo discreetly placed? Have you ever seen Louis Viuton of gucci's overly adorned items, or Dolce's, theirs is quite subtle by comparison. They are owned by the Richemont group by the way that also own lv, Cartier as well as a few other high quality labels. Their quality is superb and made in Italy. I have had a mont blanc belt for over three years now and the stitching as well as the eye holes are nearly pristine today as when first purchased.
     
  3. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    Have 5 Gator, 3 Shell Alden's, Coach's, Shark's (were my Dad's) Ostrich and leather of course from Cows. Just got my belt from[​IMG] http://www.woodwardboots.com/page/page/2162635.htm and it makes all of my others seem "lacking" from the quality of the Cognac Gator, construction, silver buckles which he makes himself! I am ruined---getting a black one and he is making a sting ray band for my Panerai. Sending him one of my spares along with some hardware as soon as my wife brings it home for a pattern.

    Have spoken with John several times and he is very customer oriented. Anyone else have any of his stuff???


    Anyone else have experience with woodwardboots.com's products or was this spam?
     
  4. Busa Dave

    Busa Dave Senior member

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    SPAM my AZZ I like the good stuff and this is it. The belt was bought to go with my 3 pair of Whiskey Alden’s and because of the texture of the skin there is light as well as dark so it will even go with my Cigar Shells wearing certain pant and shirt combinations. Cannot believe Someone here does not have any of his products.
     
  5. caelte

    caelte Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Checking in on this thread...it's been awhile but in the meantime I found the ultimate knock around belt. It's from the place that makes the great Moleskine covers. I rate this place AAA. They make the belt for explorers. It will last for decades and just get better looking. Their main thing is making leather cases for tools and such. I haven't checked lately but it was less than $100. when I got it. http://www.gfellercasemakers.com/
     
  6. erdavis

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  7. caelte

    caelte Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    So which do you have the Classic or the Field Belt? Also do they have snaps or rivets. http://www.gfellercasemakers.com/attachments.html#bb
    Chicago screws. I didn't know they used snaps. I might have asked for the screws. I looked it up. It's the Classic. Gorgeous.
     
  8. IGORSEMONOV

    IGORSEMONOV Senior member

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  9. Lear

    Lear Senior member

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    Black dress belt: [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. rogerlaisiuwa

    rogerlaisiuwa Well-Known Member

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    how do you guys compare Hermes belt with Stefano Ricci belt?
     
  11. offline

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    Shocked no one has mentioned Paul Stuart. Year in, year out, their belts are most durable and attractive.
     
  12. Good Ease

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  13. Scotchy&Scentsible

    Scotchy&Scentsible New Member

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    Checking in on this thread...it's been awhile but in the meantime I found the ultimate knock around belt. It's from the place that makes the great Moleskine covers. I rate this place AAA. They make the belt for explorers. It will last for decades and just get better looking. Their main thing is making leather cases for tools and such.
    I haven't checked lately but it was less than $100. when I got it.

    http://www.gfellercasemakers.com/



    I just came across this thread and I like your input. Thanks also for checking back on it!
     
  14. Scotchy&Scentsible

    Scotchy&Scentsible New Member

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    Black dress belt:

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    Not appreciated enough in the States. Thanks for a great reminder.
     
  15. westinghouse

    westinghouse Senior member

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    This is my favorite belt from Ferragamo. Reverses to brown also. $290.
    [​IMG]
     
  16. pendragon

    pendragon Senior member

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    I have several Martin Dingman belts that I've always found to be good quality at a reasonable price.
     
  17. pkiula

    pkiula Senior member

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    +1 on Banana Republic belts. They are good and inexpensive.
    Same with Nautica. They have a reversible belt that I've been using nearly daily for 3 years now. It still looks very presentable. Just to have a brand to wear, I similarly got a reversible brown/black from Hugo Boss, which is just not as good. In belts, I'm a convert: I'll get Nautica, or Perry Ellis, or even Banana Republic. No point bothering with expensive brands. Keep it simple.
     
  18. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    In belts, I'm a convert: I'll get Nautica, or Perry Ellis, or even Banana Republic. No point bothering with expensive brands. Keep it simple.

    I'm going to say the same as I said in a previous thread about expensive belts. The problem people are having is that the designer brands are delivering frankly rubbish belts for the price they are charging. There are good quality belts around that represent value for money and quality, belts that will look good when new and better 10 or 15 years later and dont cost the ridiculous prices some of the designer brands (who have no background in leather at all) charge. They will be a bit more expensive than a bog standard high street/mall belt, but will be of far higher quality.

    Charlie
     
  19. Professor Chaos

    Professor Chaos Senior member

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    I'm going to say the same as I said in a previous thread about expensive belts. The problem people are having is that the designer brands are delivering frankly rubbish belts for the price they are charging. There are good quality belts around that represent value for money and quality, belts that will look good when new and better 10 or 15 years later and dont cost the ridiculous prices some of the designer brands (who have no background in leather at all) charge. They will be a bit more expensive than a bog standard high street/mall belt, but will be of far higher quality.

    Charlie

    I've been thinking about this, and I've concluded it's not quite this simple. I've seen your belts, and they look like they're lovely quality. If I wanted a belt to pass on to my grandkids, it would be yours. But that doesn't mean designer belts are overpriced, because they aren't quality-based (although, undeniably, they are far higher quality than $30 belts). They're design-based. To a consumer with a low aesthetic sensitivity, a designer item is a rip-off. If you can see what you're paying for, it can make sense.
     
  20. jsherman02

    jsherman02 Senior member

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    The best belts I have used are W. Kleinberg and House of Fleming.
     

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