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.