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Who makes the best belts?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dreamtripper, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. Lucky13

    Lucky13 New Member

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    For causal/unique belts I highly recommend Narragansett Leathers. Handmade to your exact size, made in USA. Their color range and buckle choices are limited but I own 4 different basic belts from them and all of them are excellent. And for the price (starting around $45) they are hard to beat.
     
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  3. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    Almost any American clothier will have these. Try checking out Paul Stuart, Brooks Brothers, J Press, O'Connell's, and The Andover Shop. Even Land's End and Orvis should have something.
     
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  4. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    That belt is I think made by Matin Fayze in the UK. Assuming Im right it will be well made using good leather and at a brief glance hand stitched but is being marked up hugely by someone in the chain. I dont know who resells their stuff but there will be others who do Im sure

    Charlie
     
  5. casemaker

    casemaker Well-Known Member

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    Wow, pricy, need to start making belts :)
     
  6. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    I recon in this case theres an agent and then a retailer taking most of the profit. Shows how effective cutting the middle men out is!

    Charlie
     
  7. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I'd like to interject here and say that in belts, as in all other things, "best" has no meaning unless you have clearly defined criteria, and what is "best" for you might not be "best" for the next person. I think that we can safely say that makers like Charlie at Equus make some fine belts, and Hermes belts are also impeccable, from what I've seen, and there are numerous English, French, and Italian makers who all do a fine job. And if you are looking for something very specific, it's possible that only one designer or one manufacturer makes it, and knows how to make it.
     
  8. mktitsworth

    mktitsworth Senior member

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    Fok with the epistemological argument.
     
  9. lovelux2010

    lovelux2010 Senior member

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    thanks Charlie. the equus belts look great to me, i'll look to order one of those
     
  10. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I just purchased a Farnese tubo belt from No Man Walks Alone


    http://www.nomanwalksalone.com/inde...n-soft-calf-tubo-tubular-dress-belt-1362.html


    The leather has a nice grain and is soft and flexible. The buckle is heavy and plated. The tubo shape is a distinctive feature. I say the quality and price are excellent and equal to well known shoe brand belts selling for much more. I am considering purchasing another one or two of them.
     
  11. Bellemastiff

    Bellemastiff Active Member

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    I have to give my AA+++ recommendation to Saddleback belts. Thing is, they are casual (go well with cords, jeans, chinos)--don't buy one if you need a dress belt.

    If you want a beautiful and FUNCTIONAL casual belt though they are the best I have found for a few reasons:
    1. great looking/feeling leather.
    2. THICKNESS -- the weight and thickness helps my (mid rise, not low rise) chinos stay in place.
    3. FIT / belt hole intervals -- they are I think an inch apart (whereas normal interval is 1.5" apart) so you get a much better fit/tightness. (You don't have to decide between 'a tad too tight' and a 'tad too lose')

    I have tried many belts over the years. 2nd favorite is the much more expensive Ferragamo (like them for their soft leather, though it stretches too much). Saddleback is my #1 favorite.
     
  12. jjfad

    jjfad Member

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    Can't go wrong with Filson bridle leather belts!
     
  13. Riva

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    I've been using my Equus for a while among the other fashion branded 20+ belts I got in the collection and decided to try out Narragansett. I ended up like them so much I ordered 5 for myself and 3 for my son. At around $48 each nothing out there would beat them especially considering they're real handmade high quality bridle leather that's very flexible yet definitely last longer than other belts. The quality I'd say is about 50% of Equus which is 2x the price. Both also provide some interesting buckles I haven't found anywhere else. Anyway Narragansett is definitely the hidden gem for belts which I think won't last long as Alan the owner is doing it in retirement.
     
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  14. 63AMG

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    Equus hands down for me. Artisanal quality, huge range of options, husband and wife team that loves what they do, reasonable prices, and spectacular customer service.

    What else could you possibly want?
     
  15. Takai

    Takai Senior member

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    Personally my favorite belt that I own has to be my Col Littleton No.1. Very unique design, great craftsmanship, and a true lifetime guarantee. It also doesn't hurt that the company is located about an hour south of my house.
     
  16. Griffyndor

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  17. Riva

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    Plenty actually. I want more chrome buckle choices and more colors for the more flexible Baker leather! More patina choices other than oak brown for sure. Then the long waited watch straps.
     
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    Narragansett unique buckles:

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  19. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    There are a few others that have and will continue to patinate

    Bakers London Tan

    Bakers Russet

    There are also lots of watch straps here, if patina is your thing (it is mine) the Barenia and the Oak Brown are amazing leathers and probably make our best watch straps. I even made a test natural watch strap the other day as well

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    :) - will continue to butt out of this thread now but thank you to all who have said nice things.....

    Charlie
     

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