Item of the Day

Designers (and entrepreneurs) Barbi Touron and Aaron Shear came up with an inventive and fashionable way to recycle of all things bicycle inner tubes.

Rather than let them languish (for centuries) in some land fill, the Portland, Oregon-based pair turn them into cool, eco-friendly jewelry. They take the rubber, which is durable, pliable and waterproof, and cut it into lace-like bracelets, necklaces, earrings, even stylized masks. Each piece of their Urban Lace collection is treated with their own organic, plant-based formula that leaves a lasting luster and keeps the soft, smooth texture.

A perfect example: this Reflections bracelet that’s based upon a design inspired by the reflection of the mirrored images found inside a kaleidoscope. Others are inspired by architecture and Neo-Victorian designs.

Suggested retail: $29 www.urbanlacejewelry.com

 

 

 

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Jeff Prine, Editor at Large, Accessories Magazine
Jeff returns as a regular contributor to Accessories magazine. Initially Jeff worked as senior editor at Accessories more than 20 years ago and his love of the industry has followed him until present. Since his tenure here, Jeff has continued to report jewelry, watch and other luxury goods trends as executive editor at Modern Jeweler magazine, fashion director at Lustre, and as contributor on products and trends for consumer and trade publications and websites. In addition to his editorial experience, Jeff also served as an adjunct instructor for accessories merchandising at Fashion Institute of Technology. jeffp@busjour.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1564947363 Sandra Sam Murphy Sullo

    Very cool!

  • http://www.jckonline.com/blogs/style-360 Jennifer Heebner

    Awesome piece!