What happened to Belstaff ?

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What happened to Belstaff ?

Postby Coxey » 09 Dec 2016 07:40

I thought that it'd be nice to treat my self to a new waxed cotton jacket. I used to have a Belstaff Trialmaster 30+ years ago - I thought nothing of it about 20 years ago when it went in the bin well used and knackered.
A new one now on their website is £600 :shock: :shock: :shock:
When did they get so precious.

Barbour International @ around £250 for me then I reckon 8)
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Re: What happened to Belstaff ?

Postby MickeyMoto » 09 Dec 2016 12:33

Hipster gear, man. Beard required. Along with a Bobber.... whatever that is. Fit a wooden seat and cut off the rear frame and you'll fit in perfectly....

Should've kept the old ones.... fetch serious money....
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Re: What happened to Belstaff ?

Postby mikebbikes » 23 Jan 2018 10:55

Its not the same company.
A trendy Italian company bought the name and started production again with trendy prices to match.
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Re: What happened to Belstaff ?

Postby Steve Brown » 23 Jan 2018 21:09

As said above, full on trendy folks now! The family that owns the brand now (a Greek family I think) are a fashion clothing operation, BUT! they keep threatening to start manufacturing motorcycles too. They bought the Matchless name a few years back and have been threatening sporadically since then. Nobody believes them though :roll: If you take a look at the 'Matchless of London' website you'll see more lovely clothing with the Matchless logo and all sorts of claims of heritage in the clothing business (for Matchless!) It's all complete rollocks of course but they seem to get away with it!
Oh and the nearest they came to bike manufacture so far was an artists impression of a bike due next year, or maybe the year after, or maybe never. It looked a lot like an American V-twin from S&S etc and amazingly was a 'custom' type :roll: that might have been another unique product of a chopper TV show. They expected it to cost about £45k even back then. All good stuff.
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Re: What happened to Belstaff ?

Postby norbert » 23 Jan 2018 23:11

I still have my jacket and the cap as well :P Although today I enter with a T-shirt only :lol:

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Re: What happened to Belstaff ?

Postby George 350 » 25 Jan 2018 07:04

Hi Norbert.

"I still have my jacket and the cap as well" - Is that you in the red jacket?
If so, and you still have that beard then it suggests that you could be a prime candidate for the hipster movement!
Where's that hacksaw, exhaust bandage and plank of wood?

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Re: What happened to Belstaff ?

Postby acemorini » 25 Jan 2018 17:08

I think that I still have my red Belstaff jacket, I wonder if I can still get into it.
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Re: What happened to Belstaff ?

Postby corsaro chris » 25 Jan 2018 19:15

Look up Merlin Bike Gear - a British company that we saw in Milan; looked like good stuff at reasonable prices.

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Re: What happened to Belstaff ?

Postby norbert » 25 Jan 2018 23:37

George 350 wrote:Hi Norbert.

"I still have my jacket and the cap as well" - Is that you in the red jacket?
If so, and you still have that beard then it suggests that you could be a prime candidate for the hipster movement!
Where's that hacksaw, exhaust bandage and plank of wood?

George.



Hi George,

yes, that´s me. About one year later the beard came of and I stayed with a moustache for a while

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the last more than 30 years I try to keep my face clean. I only used the bellstaff as rain clouth, the trousers are still like new! In that time I put the jacket over my leather, now I enter only with a T-shirt :roll: :lol:

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Re: What happened to Belstaff ?

Postby Ming » 26 Jan 2018 08:02

norbert wrote:... In that time I put the jacket over my leather, now I enter only with a T-shirt :roll: :lol:

norbert


I had a similar problem with my leathers - and I always thought they stretched instead of shrank!
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Re: What happened to Belstaff ?

Postby mikebbikes » 26 Jan 2018 10:15

There is a company in the Midlands that still has 70s stock of Belstaff gear in red. They put it on Ebay from time to time.
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Re: What happened to Belstaff ?

Postby Captain B » 27 Jan 2018 11:05

corsaro chris wrote:Look up Merlin Bike Gear - a British company that we saw in Milan; looked like good stuff at reasonable prices.

Good riding,

CC

Hello,

I bought one of the Merlin short jackets at the end of last year and am pleased with the quality and detailing. They use the same 8oz waxed cotton cloth made in Scotland that's supplied to Belstaff.
Website at http://www.merlinbikegear.com
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