New Designer Alert: Kristin Kahle Vintage Fabric Belts
April 1, 2005
Think youâ€™ve seen the best of fabric belts? Not so fast! Kristin Kahle, who learned the design ropes while playing in her dadâ€™s office (The Baker Showroom in New York) as a little girl, has acquired the best vintage fabrics in limited quantities and hand sews them into works of art with silver, brass and hand-painted wood buckles. Even better, her belts arenâ€™t yet mass-marketed (no department stores, no catalogs) and there are only a few hundred of each style, period, so youâ€™re buying something special. Each unique design is named after a world city. For spring, I love Kyoto Pink or Barcelona Red. Although I have to say, every time Iâ€™ve gone out sporting the Miami Iâ€™ve received no less than three or four comments. Maybe itâ€™s the flash of pink that gives this one the perfect amount of â€œgirlâ€ to go with my faded jeans. The buckles are amazingly durable (the wood is backed with a steel ring) so you can feel good knowing youâ€™re investing in an accessory youâ€™ll have forever. www.kristinkahle.com.