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Badichi Customized Belts
by LAUREN DOYLE

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When it comes to accessorizing, there’s really nothing quite like sporting a piece that’s one of a kind—but unless you’re a pro at DYI or a have mastered the art of thrift store navigation, options for picking up something truly unique may be few and far between.

Chances are, however, if you live in lower Manhattan, you may have walked by one of the five Badichi Customized Belts locations sprinkled throughout the city. The Badichi brand was created in 2009 and since then, those in-the-know (like Uma Thurman, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski) have flocked to create their own statement belts with imported leathers and belt buckles—all at extremely reasonable prices (think about $100 on average).

We stopped by Badichi’s newest location at 637 Broadway last week to create one of our own. While the store claimed that the customization experience would only take 2 minutes (the actual creation of the belt did), we easily spent 30 or more browsing the selection of leathers (in 4 different width sizes and dozens of finishes) and buckle options. After settling on a distressed brown band and an industrial-looking silver buckle, we left it to the experts to hand-craft the belt based on our measurements. Check out the end result below—pretty cool, right?

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Finding the perfect belt isn’t always easy, but it turns out making it is. If you live in the NYC-area, we definitely recommend stopping in to create your own custom belt the next time you’re in the market for something new. If you aren’t so lucky—check out Badichi’s website, where you can still take advantage of the custom experience (though with less options than in-store) to create your perfect belt.

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