Some people retire and go fishing.
Some people retire and play golf.
Earl Harley retired and started making buckles.
"I'm Harley the buckle man!" he said as I entered his shop at the back of the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market, an open-air emporium where vendors sell colorful fabrics, woven bags, beaded jewelry, drums and masks.
Harley's shop walls are covered in letters of thanks from people who have received his buckles, which are not your standard hold-the-leather-together metal devices he disdains. These are specially designed for the rich, the famous, the political leaders and the political causes, and each one is handmade by Harley in his Harlem...