Who makes the best belts?

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  1. inimitable

    inimitable Senior member

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    Anyone have any experience with the C&J belts?
     
  2. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    jay kos
    martin dingman


    can you show us some kos belts?
     
  3. neverendf

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    Anyone have any experience with the C&J belts?

    +1 Would like to know too [​IMG]
     
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    I've never spent a lot on belts, certainly not in the $500+ bespoke belt range. But in terms of quality/price equation, I know after a while my belts start looking worn down, and gradually get a curve to them where they no longer hang straight and I'm curious if the quality of the leather has anything to do with that, and/or, will a $500 belt from (I liked that Duret Paris site) a high end leather shop actually last longer than something off the rack at Nordstroms???
     
  5. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    I've never spent a lot on belts, certainly not in the $500+ bespoke belt range. But in terms of quality/price equation, I know after a while my belts start looking worn down, and gradually get a curve to them where they no longer hang straight and I'm curious if the quality of the leather has anything to do with that, and/or, will a $500 belt from (I liked that Duret Paris site) a high end leather shop actually last longer than something off the rack at Nordstroms???

    Generally speaking, good leather if looked after should last a long time and still look good, certainly at $500 where the maker should have rejected everything other than than the best individual bits of the best cuts of the best types of leather. It does depend what you mean by last though - leather will change over time, patinate and acquire character - its part of the attraction really - but you shouldnt expect a belt in that price range to develop faults/cracks/be physically damaged nearly for decades if you look after it. I have a belt made 15 years ago thats only just starting to crack a little as I havent looked after it properly and its my favorite that has been worn most days since it was made on the same hole.

    As to developing a curve with use, some see this as a good thing that adds to comfort, some don't. If you use the leather conditioner the maker recommends and keep the belt hung up by its buckle when not being used it should help stop it though. Generally its a sign the leather is either new and still suppling up or too dry and not looked after, or made from plastic that deforms to a shape and doesnt go back again.

    HTH

    Charlie
     
  6. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    http://www.duret-paris.com

    These look really rather nice and sound like they are made properly. Do you have one and if so does it live up to the marketing?

    Charlie
     
  7. Artking3

    Artking3 Senior member

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    Anderson's of Italy make some very nice belts, but their sizing is a bit strange.

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    ... If you use the leather conditioner the maker recommends and keep the belt hung up by its buckle when not being used it should help stop it though. Generally its a sign the leather is either new and still suppling up or too dry and not looked after, or made from plastic that deforms to a shape and doesnt go back again.

    HTH

    Charlie


    How frequently should you use leather conditioner on your belts?
     
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    +1 for Equus Leather. I'm quite pleased with the two belts that I've received from them (brown and black).

    Likewise with the four belts I have from Equus. Australian nut and burgundy are - surprisingly - not very different colours though. Black is always useful. London tan is more a Summer colour in the UK.
     
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    These look really rather nice and sound like they are made properly. Do you have one and if so does it live up to the marketing?

    Charlie


    I do not, but will own duret in the future.
     
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    I have to say - Torino belts, their elite line, carried by Saks, at least in NYC, are amazing.
     
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