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I have two of the Tender belts. I recommend the keeper buckle belt (mine is in bronze - really, a richer alloy of brass - but that version is unavailable). I also have the 208 spiral buckle in natural, and although I like it, the tip of the spiral tends to dig deep grooves in the belt. As a whole, I think the Tender belts are among the most unique belts out there, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. I might get another one....

I also have this SDA belt (in brown): https://www.okayamadenim.com/products/studio-dartisan-b-83-leather-belt   It's great. The buckle is interesting and not too big. The hardware on the back of the buckle is articulated, which is nice. The leather is considerably thinner than the one used on the Tender belts.

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@julian-wolf I've got the Tender hook buckle and agree with @oomslokop that it doesn't feel heavy at all. IIRC  it took a while to soften up - in fact like my other belts - but the hook buckle makes it feel less hefty to the extent it wears really well with chinos too and sits quite flat to the waist. The brass and leather both age really well. The design by Bill is pretty special, and possibly unique, as I haven't seen such out there.

I've got a couple of IH belts which I wear a lot so are nicely worn in but have heavier buckles so might not be what you want.

I have a stamped belt by Honest Thomas which is great as he casts and forges his own brass buckles so it's got a nice hand made feel. Again it's on the heavier side but doesn't feel it.

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Thanks for all the input. Your comments are tempting me to just go for a Tender belt (especially since that would give me an excuse to grab more of his socks), but I really do think it'll end up being wider and thicker than what I'm most comfortable with.

Any recommendations for some daintier options?

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I wear a belt from Hubb leather and I highly recommend them.

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I also recommend Hubb leather if you want something daintier.

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Anyone have indigo watch cap recommendations? Maybe not even just indigo, just some different colors. I have my Buzz x William Gibson one that sees a lot of action, but I want something with a little bit of color to change things up. I know 3Sixteen makes one, just want to explore other options. 

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34 minutes ago, Broark said:

Anyone have indigo watch cap recommendations? Maybe not even just indigo, just some different colors. I have my Buzz x William Gibson one that sees a lot of action, but I want something with a little bit of color to change things up. I know 3Sixteen makes one, just want to explore other options. 

I have two Knickerbocker ones, both all cotton. I still wear them pretty much all winter. 

Seems they updated them this year, they look thicker now. 

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Good suggestion, looks like most of their colors are sold out right now unfortunately. 

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12 minutes ago, Broark said:

Good suggestion, looks like most of their colors are sold out right now unfortunately. 

Check Franklin and Poe, I got one of (or maybe both, I can't remember) from them. Blue Owl had them too.

They sold out on their website last year when I wanted to get some and that's where I found them.

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Yeah they have quite a few retailers, will have to track one down. 

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@Broark I will also 2nd saying maybe try a Knickerbocker one. I have a few and I like them a lot. Dehen also makes some that I am very fond of

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Outstanding Company from Korea? I have an army green one that's good quality thick cotton.

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Outstanding co watch caps are great, lovely design and the cotton version is heavy enough for winter as well as being perfect for autumn and spring. If you want a cheaper alternative and don't mind a heavier cap check out Free ride, sold on Taobao, I love mine. They make it in olive, navy and black.

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Which one should I get? Lvc 44, 54 or 76? 

I already have the ‘44 but they’re a bit big in the waist (Valencia though so they’re staying in the collection). 

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Get the 76, the denim is different to other LVC - more grey-bluish and they are a great versatile cut that will work with a variety of outfits and footwear.

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On 1/6/2019 at 8:01 PM, Broark said:

Anyone have indigo watch cap recommendations? Maybe not even just indigo, just some different colors. I have my Buzz x William Gibson one that sees a lot of action, but I want something with a little bit of color to change things up. I know 3Sixteen makes one, just want to explore other options. 

Trophy Denim has some good ones, even in burgundy.

 

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Fine Creek Leathers Eric or the upcoming Ooe Cossack leather jacket?

 

 

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The ooe leather looks sweet, but I find those Cossack jackets to look too costumey sometimes and I think the fine creek will be much more versatile.

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My vote is for the Fine Creek. It will be a 4 season jacket. The cut looks full enough to wear a layer underneath it. And, it has a great ‘50s/ motorcycle vibe to it. The Ooe jacket looks to be cut too slim to wear anything but a T-shirt under it and, to me, the fabric and cut of the jacket don’t match. It is a heavy fabric and a delicate/ light cut. If that makes sense...

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Trying to decide between the Mister Freedom Ranch Blouse Lot.64 or the Stevenson Saddle Horn Type 2.

Anyone have either of these jackets by chance?

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@SmokeStackLightning the MF is just about my favourite piece of clothing. Everything about it is great imo - the cut, awesome denim, fades great to a lovely blue hue, full of little features like the under collar fabric... there are pics over on the MF thread... worth taking a peek there.

The Stevenson does, however, also look very nice... let us know what you decide...

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Thanks for the feedback everyone, I’m still torn because I like the unique look of the Ooe but the FC jacket is classic. I’ve got like a week to decide since the cutoff for the SE order is the 1st. In an ideal world I’d get both but not quite sure I can swing it right now...

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3 hours ago, MJF9 said:

@SmokeStackLightning the MF is just about my favourite piece of clothing. Everything about it is great imo - the cut, awesome denim, fades great to a lovely blue hue, full of little features like the under collar fabric... there are pics over on the MF thread... worth taking a peek there.

The Stevenson does, however, also look very nice... let us know what you decide...

The Ranch Blouse is winning the race so far, the Okinawa fabric looks great. After wearing my type 2 I realized I want the front pockets even lower and easier to use. Which is why I started looking again. 

The details are fantastic.

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1 hour ago, Broark said:

Thanks for the feedback everyone, I’m still torn because I like the unique look of the Ooe but the FC jacket is classic. I’ve got like a week to decide since the cutoff for the SE order is the 1st. In an ideal world I’d get both but not quite sure I can swing it right now...

I say go for the Fine Creek Leathers jacket. It’s a classic cut and will never go out of style. That Ooe one is all kinds of ugly to my eyes but that’s me

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My 2¢: The Okinawa fabric is really great for jeans, but it fades too quickly to work well on tops. I like my jackets to get a more even washed-out look; white knees look a lot less awkward than white elbows. Can't speak to how that particular Stevenson fabric fades, but if I were gonna get a Mister Freedom jacket it'd be one of the ones that uses the '50s or '60s SC denim.

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I’m with @MJF9. The Ranch Blouse is my favorite denim jacket. The fabric is spectacular. The cut is somehow slim enough to look good with just a white T-shirt and full enough to wear over a thick sweater. And open pocket gives me a place to put my phone. 

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Hmmm do I want the faster fading Okinawa or the 12oz Cone? I feel like the Cone would go quite well with the detailing, but I do like the Okinawa fabric.

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@SmokeStackLightning it all depends on how much and hard you wear it (stating the obvious) but my denim jackets, in general, turn out less faded than my jeans just because of my wear pattern. At the current rate, it'll be many years before I get my MF as faded as I'd really like it.

Buy for today, who knows what tomorrow holds, and if it falls out of favour, buy another!  You can never have too many denim jackets imo :D.

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While I wouldn't mind some instant gratification fade wise with the Okinawa I decided to get the Cone. I can see future runs being done up with Okinawa, not so much with the Cone denim?. The detailing of the jacket made me want to pick it over the Okinawa as well for some reason. 

Though I have a feeling I would've been happy either way I decided.

Interesting point on higher contrast jacket fades, and I have to agree I am not a huge fan of that either after thinking about it. I imagine more water contact would mitigate it though. 

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