mat_brook, if you want a Belstaff, you get a Belstaff. Waxed cotton, around £350-£400. Leather, the thick end of a grand.
Expensive,trendy and Italian owned??? I can't argue with that but I can tell you that it's beautifully made, top quality stuff.
There are many who will tell you they bought theirs before they became trendy or that they can buy a well made waxed cotton jacket for 50 notes and use the difference to fund a ride to Mongolia. I can't argue with that either, you pays your money-you takes your choice.
Why buy a GMT Master when you can tell the time with a £9.99 Casio? Why drive a 458 when you can take a bus? Who needs a pair of Church's when you can stroll to the boozer in flip-flops? And surely only an idiot would spend hours and a fortune wining and dining some drop dead gorgeous,oity-toity blonde girly when he could shag a fat ugly bird for the price of a bottle of Vimto and some crisps.
If you've got the money for a fancy Belstaff, you get one, mate.
The wife and I have a few old Belstaffs in Cordura or leather that are around 20 years old and still going strong after many,many miles. We also have a few Italian Belstaff items that are worn in the pub at Summerbridge, on the bike at Bonar Bridge or sipping espresso on the Ponte Vecchio. I say again, you pays your money-you takes your choice.
I don't know where you are in Yorkshire but it's worth getting a train over to Manchester to have a look in the Belstaff store, especially if there's a sale on. It's about 10mins walk from Manchester Piccadilly and, as a bonus, you pass the Dainese Superstore on the way. And an Italian restaurant called Gio's, have lunch there.
Last edited by Starbeck; 16 May 2011 at 19:14.