Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Belted: Emblematic belts

I love belts, probably much more than most people. I think that they are a nice, yet subtle way of adding a little something extra to what might be considered a boring outfit. And I have a lot of belts, probably too many. My favorite type, however, are probably emblematic belts. These are usually made of canvas with a ribbon of some repeating pattern sewn in, and have a leather tab and buckle. At some point, I decided that when I go out of town, especially to a place I have never been before, I would try to buy a belt from that place as a souvenir. Here is my collection:

Purchased one summer a few years ago on a trip down to St. Simon's Island. This is where I grew up going to the beach.

Purchased from Perlis when I went to visit my college friend who lives in New Orleans. The only drawback is that the ribbon part is not as wide a most emblematics traditionally are. As a result, I feel that the canvas-to-ribbon ratio is off.

Purchased from O'Connell's in Buffalo, NY (a.k.a.- "Mecca") when I went to visit my friend one winter.

Both purchased at J. Press in Boston, during a family trip up to New England. Made by Leather Man, Ltd. The lacrosse belt probably gets the most wear out of all of them.

Purchased from Murray's Toggery Shop on a day-trip to Nantucket during the same trip to New England mentioned above.

Belts purchased so that I would actually have something orange to wear to Clemson games during grad school. The bottom one was "custom made" for me by Leather Man, Ltd. before I actually got to school (little did I know how easy it was to find this style all over town).

Purchased at M. Dumas when I lived in Charleston last summer.

I have a couple more in the closet that I didn't include because they weren't technically "souvenir" belts. Out of all of these, I must say that the ones made by Leather Man, Ltd. are probably the ones I like the most. That is because for the tab, they only use a single piece of leather, instead of two pieces stitched together like most of the rest do. For whatever reason, I think this style works better and lays flatter. Additionally, I think that they are well made, and their website gives you the ability to really customize your order, which I think is great.


DAM said...

I have the same Perlis belt as well which and while it works great with my saddle shoes, the crawfish are hard to make out on the navy ribbon.

Anonymous said...

I have the same M. Dumas belt. I lived next door to the store, above Stella Nova, right after I moved back to Charleston after college. Love that store. Great collection by the way.

Memphis88 said...

I know exactly what you mean about the belts for football games. I don't wear Memphis apparel to games because I don't like t-shirts etc. A Memphis Tigers belt would be great, though. Smathers and Branson makes a University of Memphis makes one, but it's $165.

J.P. said...

Awesome belts. I need to do a similar post some time soon. A lot of those belts are made by The Leatherman in Essex, CT. Check out their website for the full catalog.

I also want to put a plug in for the Belted Cow, which is offered by O'Connell's. Belted Cow is handmade in Maine and has some very cool designs.

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JRS said...

Great post, Trip. I'm going to have to do a similar post. I've got quite a few emblematics, and most of them have a 'story'.

I really like that Perlis crawfish belt - I saw the Leather Man LTD version at Palmetto Moon in Charleston, but didn't pull the trigger...I wish I would have - it had a better 'canvas to ribbon' ratio.

All the Best,


Anonymous said...

Love the orange south carolina belt. Wish Leatherman did other states too!

Women Leather Pants said...

I have the same Perlis belt as well which and while it works great with my saddle shoes, the crawfish are hard to make out on the navy ribbon.