Kale Miles is a small menâ€™s-accessories company whose belts usually run $240 to $380. This one is $18,000. Kale Miles designer Kristina Pitaniello and co-founder Bill Miles were recently asked what makes their belt cost more than a car, or 400 times more than the $45 version from Banana Republic.
The bulk of the price comes from the buckle: Itâ€™s platinum, about seven-to-eight ouncesâ€™ worth. Currently, an ounce of platinum is $1555. If the price goes up or down in a day, that will change the cost of the belt.
It takes about three weeks for Pitaniello to make the buckle in a Boston workshop. Of course, no two are alike.
People who willingly spend 18k on a belt makes me wonder how much their trousers are worth!!