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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

With Tie-Ups Belts You're a Rubber Band Man

Let's make one thing perfectly clear: nothing can replace a well-made leather belt sporting handsome brass hardware. That said, there's still room in the wardrobe for clever surprises and even fun packaging, especially as days get warmer and words like beach and swimming pool sound viable again. A friend spotted these oddly-named Tie-Ups belts in Florence several months ago. They come in dozens of colors, two widths, one trim-it-yourself length, and are waterproof, recyclable and (being made entirely of rubber and plastic) ideal for wearing through airport metal detectors. They're sold all over Europe and Asia (the website lists plenty of stores); and at a few US retailers, including Diztrict, New York. So you're just a FedEx shipment away from jumping into fountains with impunity.