made primarily from recycled and repurposed materials, these sophisticated steel buckles are so tactile and expressive (those are real letterpress pieces for all you "fonties" out there). each buckle is designed, metalsmithed, forged, patinaed, painted and distressed by hand – a trained blacksmith hand at that. Erica Gordon draws from her industrial surroundings as well as cinema and architecture for inspriration. i first wrote about steel toe studios in Feb ’07 – sure is fantastic to see all their new work and styles, like the new recycled bike tube belt! you wouldn’t know that’s what it was if i hadn’t mentioned it – very cool. stretched convention at its best!
Indie Designer: Erica Gordon
$42-199 from steel toe studios