Saturday, March 13, 2010

Design Your Own Belt at Badichi Belts

Yinon Badichi is a patient man.  He's in the customized belt business, so he has to be.  During my visit to his Soho shop, Badichi Belts (159 Prince Street), it took me at least fifteen minutes to choose a textured, bronze leather strap and brass buckle.

Decision-making, however, is all part of the Badichi experience.  You design your belt from an assortment of high quality, Italian leather straps and buckles. There's something for the edgy girl, the girly girl, and the unique girl.

After you pick, Yinon measures to fit your waist or hips, depending where you'd like to wear it. He makes holes and a loop. And within minutes, you have a customized belt.

"This is not just fashion, but good quality," stresses Yinon, who made belts with his family in Israel before he set up shop in New York City earlier this month.

Prices range from $60 for a unisex belt/buckle combination to $400 (this includes a handmade buckle made with Swarovski crystals).

Badichi Belts is currently offering a deal for $10 off a second belt.  I love a bargain, so I may finally get the throwback "Tracy" nameplate belt ($50 and up) I've always wanted.

Image credit: Tracy E. Hopkins

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