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Thursday, July 13, 2017


Piano BarLejon: Corona-based Lejon of California is a family shop that makes interesting belts and wallets out of traditional and exotic leathers, such as snakeskin, bison, and alligator .  My Lejon belt is well constructed, and it was exactly what I was looking for to tie together a number of outfits that otherwise weren't jelling.

Marcopolini: Campbell-based Marcopolini imports high-quality, hand-made leather goods from Italy, including some beautiful belts.  I own a Marcopolini key wallet (which, for those who don’t know, is a keychain that stows your keys inside a coin-purse-like wallet, so your keys don’t punch holes in your pockets).  It is extremely well made, and its leather keeps looking better as it ages.

Cydwoq: Burbank-based Cydwoq makes belts that remind me of driftwood -- sculptural, smooth, and pleasing to the eye, in a craggy sort of way.

DSTLD: Los Angeles-based DSTLD is an online-only, direct-to-consumer designer and seller of Kenneth Cole-grade clothing and accessories.  Their wares include belts.

Volcom: Orange County-based Volcom is a one-stop shop for skater/surfer/snowboarder fashion, from belts to board shorts to two-piece suits.  Because they target skaters – who shred clothes quickly, no matter how high quality – I did not expect Volcom to put much effort into the second-thing-to-go elements of clothing construction.  After all, why double-stitch a garment that’s going to be rags within weeks regardless?  But I was pleasantly surprised.  A few years back, I bought a Volcom button-up. It was a good purchase.  The shirt had a clean silhouette, but with slightly skewed seams that bent people’s eyes just enough to prevent them from looking past me.  And – because I do not lead a tear-through-fabric lifestyle – it lasted for years.

Hernandez and Sons Custom Boots: San Jose H&SCB makes very pretty things from leathers, including belts.

Glaser Designs: San Francisco-based makes belts to order for "executive travelers," which I think means rich people who spend a lot of time on planes.

Jaqet: Los Angeles-based Jaqet makes simple, clean-lined handmade-in-California leather goods, including belts.

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