Skipjack's brass fish hook belt buckle leads the way both in design AND price, and is a favorite for both the nautical inspired and fisherman alike. You could even tie this one on to the end of your fishing line and fish with it in a pinch! Priced at $32.95 if you just want the buckle or with a Italian leather snap belt (in a variety of finishes) for an extra $24.95 for a total of $54.95, about one half the price of what competitors are selling it for and not available except as a package! The brass fish hook buckle and leather snap belts are available online at Skipjack Nautical Wares.
|Skipjack's polished cast brass fish hook buckle with Italian leather snap belt.|
The next stop was Murray's Toggery Shop at 62 Main Street, also located in the heart of the Nantucket Historic District. A wide cobblestone street which paves most of the historic district faces this famous haberdashery since 1945 for men, women and children. Known for their selection of Nantucket red apparel, Nantucket Reds are synonymous to Murray's Toggery Shop on the island of Nantucket, and he pants were featured in The Official Preppy Handbook. Nantucket Reds are originally inspired by cotton trousers worn in Brittany. A characteristic of Reds is that they fade to a "dusty rose" as they age. Since their inception, the cotton canvas pants had been marketed as shorts. The distinctive salmon pink color has since been used on hats, shirts, sweaters and socks. So we've selected a few items from Murray's to feature in this blog.
Murray's carries a wide variety of men's nautical, beach and "Nantucket"accessories including a super collection of belts. Prices on their website start at $35.00 but most are $40.00 and up. Shown below is one of my favorites, a needlepoint belt made by Smathers & Branson of bluefish and stripers. Measures 1 1/4" wide by standard lengths. This entirely hand-stitched belt will set you back a bit retailing at $175.00 to $200.00 depending on the length.
|Bluefish and stripers needlepoint belt for men by Smathers & Branson.|
|York River Traders Mariner Rope belt is available in a variety of nautical colors.|
|Waxed-cotton sailing belt from Orvis.|
|Lighthouses and flag belt from Ralph Lauren.|
This year I am including men's belts from Brooks Brothers who has an impressive selection of seriously seaworthy accessories for men. They now also represent one of my favorite belt designers Kiel James Patrick, so here we feature a braided belt, made from cotton, with silk backing. Solid brass anchor buckle. Leather tab stamped with KJP Croffix Anchor on the front and Golden Fleece® logo on the reverse. Made in the USA. Retails online for $118.00.
|Braided belt, made from cotton, with silk backing and brass anchor buckle|
by Kiel James Patrick for Brooks Brothers.