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Men's style: belt tightening

December 9, 2008 |  5:40 pm

In the flurry of holiday gift pitches crossing my desk, this caught my eye: Kale Miles’ line of men’s belts with buckles handcrafted from classic American model cars from the 1950s and '60s. I like the sculptural look of the scratched and antiqued metal buckles. Rage_belts_4

Kale Miles is a small New York-based men’s accessory company. The last time the brand was in the news was back in January, when New York magazine wrote about its $18,000 belt with platinum buckle and leather from an English tannery open since the Roman Empire -- the ultimate in luxe.

What a difference a few months makes. Maybe instead of tightening their belts, the Big Three automakers should start making them. Kale Miles Vintage belts are $385 at and Fred Segal.

Photo: Kale Miles Vintage belt. Credit: Kale Miles

-- Booth Moore