Thursday, December 29, 2016

Are Men's Alligator Belts worth the Price?

Are Men's Alligator Belts worth the Price?
Sometimes ...... 

There are a few ways to determine the quality of alligator leather belts (or crocodile, if you prefer). Characteristics such as fewer pieces sewn together are desirable (a belt made from a single strip being the best) and stitching should be fine and neat if even present. The best alligator belts will have no stitching. This is because they are hand scived to such a thin layer that stitching isn't necessary. The stitch on the outside is actually just covering up for the thickness of the liner and the alligator coming together. The finest belt makers will show no stitch because they don't need them.

Some people like larger or smaller scales, but this is a matter of preference and does not indicate a difference in quality. Tail leather has larger scales, while the belly leather will go from big to small. This is just an aesthetic choice, the quality of the leather is what will determine if the alligator belt will keep it's shape and last for decades or become unusable in under a year.

BEWARE.........in my experience, PRICE is an indication of quality.

At Justin-Harvey.com we only carry one brand of alligator belt, the Torino American Alligator Belt, it is in the middle price range for alligator belts at $475, which seems like an awful lot to pay for a belt, but, considering that many other brands charge upwards of $1600, the Torino American Alligator Belt is very reasonably priced and very high quality.

It is worth noting that the trade in alligator hide isn't very standardized and regulated. What some people call crocodile, others call alligator. Caiman is also frequently passed off as American alligator.  Torino leather only uses authentic American Alligator. Make sure you do your research and make sure that you're buying 100% Genuine American Alligator skin products.  Many of the big companies will put in the fine print "Alligator Print" or "Alligator Embossed".

Justin-Harvey.com does carry "Alligator Embossed" belts at a lower price point and we make it very clear that the leather is not alligator. The embossed belts have the same look and feel, but because the actual leather is not alligator they tend not to last as long as real American alligator. An alligator embossed belt has a price point around $100 and is well worth the price if you want the look of alligator without the higher price tag when you are unsure if you will love the look of alligator.

A true American Alligator belt can last a very long time. Every man has bought a "nice looking" belt at a "bargain price" only to have it fall apart in a few months. Buying an inexpensive alligator embossed belt every year or two is more expensive than buying a real alligator belt that should last for a decade or more.

Yes, a men's alligator belt is worth the price as long as you are sure the belt is real alligator and well made, it is an investment in your style that will pay dividends for a long long time.

Before the Apple Macintosh there was the Mackintosh

Today Google is celebrating the 250th birthday of Charles Macintosh, a Scottish chemist who invented waterproof materials, leading to the modern raincoat.

“Today’s Doodle shows Macintosh enjoying a Scottish rain shower whilst testing his ingenious invention,” Google says.

The Mackintosh raincoat, though spelled differently, is named for Macintosh. The iconic coats were first created with materials invented by Macintosh.

The Macintosh computers did change the world, but the Mackintosh raincoat changed the world also. I doubt that Steve Jobs would have been as motivated to make computers if he had been unable to stay dry and stayed home when it rained.

Thinking about the impact of a simple raincoat on the world made me realize that without the iconic look of the original Mackintosh rain coat we would not have the images in our heads of all the celebrities,  politicians and everyone at some point wearing a coat very similar to the Mackintosh.

From business men to G-men to fashion models, the rain coat, trench coat, overcoat, slicker, or whatever you may call it, we should all know about the man who started it all. The original company has gone through some transformations over the years but the true Mackintosh raincoats are still available at http://mackintosh.com

Evey man should own at least one rain coat in the Mackintosh style. You can wear just about anything with it and look great, even a tee shirt and jeans.

Head on over to Google.com and check it out.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

‘Glee’ Star Blake Jenner could have dressed better for ‘Supergirl’ Melissa Benoist

Looking through the headlines today I noticed an article on The Huffington Post that got me thinking. 

I don't know much about Blake Jenner and I have never watched Glee, but I did look through some photos of the fellow and thought "he dresses like a kid". Granted he is 24 years old, that is kinda young, and he plays the part of a young guy, but when he is not in character it might have been a good idea to dress like a man.

Don't get me wrong, he is a good looking guy. It's just that when you get married it's a good idea to start looking the part. Dressing like a teenager in your mid 20s is kinda sad, doing it when you are married can make your spouse continue to see you as a teenager and Melissa Benoist being 4 years older than Blake makes it all the more important for him to appear at least as mature as she is.

It's sad that their marriage is ending and I do not want pick on Blake Jenner, but he appears to be a good example of men being reluctant to dress and present themselves as mature confident men leaving the tee shirts and hoodies for the current crop of teens and graduating to wearing quality designer clothing intended for men not teens.

It makes me wonder how many women have had a real problem with the fashion choices (or lack there of) the men in their lives make.  So, I asked a bunch of married women. By no means was this a "study", I just asked what they thought about how their spouse dressed. Most of the answers surprised me.

From my very un-scientific poll it seems that about half of the husbands have a real problem, they can look great when they dress up, but most days their fashion choices were less than complimentary.  Bum, Kid, Slacker, and Homeless were the worst adjectives describing the husbands "style", always followed by "he doesn't really care about what he wears".

As someone working in the men's fashion industry, this was a bit distressing, but I think the men do "care", it's just that they just are uncomfortable with change and look at men's fashion as skinny jeans and silly costumes because the main stream men's fashion choices are marketed with teen or teen looking models and that is definitely not who real men identify with.

I think many men need to know, you may not care about what you wear but those you care about do care.  I do not think fashion choices of men can make or break a marriage, but being a well dressed man couldn't hurt.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Introducing the Justin Harvey Blog

Welcome the Blog of Justin-Harvey.com where we will bring you information and advice to make any man the most stylish he can be. With decades of experience the team at Justin Harvey are expert in men's fashions, from fabric to color to cut, we will bring you easy to implement fashion advice for men who dress well and appreciate quality garments that are unique and will help any man create his own unique style.