Since 2012, Bond Hardware founder and creative director Dana Hurwitz has been evolving her experimental, edgy label into a sustainable fine art and design studio focused on distinctly sharp and architectural jewelry, accessories, objects and sculptures.
Following the pandemic, Hurwitz has continued to expand the brand within its current Williamsburg, Brooklyn headquarters through the introduction of interchangeable piercing jewelry, Bond Vault, and monthly parties where the brand’s community can get pierced, tattooed and shop. During an appointment, Hurwitz noted that as the brand expands, the importance remains to offer inclusive, sustainable styles across categories. (The brand produces ethically and sustainably with materials such as recycled marble, gold and diamonds, 316L surgical grade stainless steel, 935 Argentium silver, 6061 Aerospace grade aluminum and PVD gold plating, which is environmentally neural, long lasting and wasteless.)
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This week, Hurwitz has taken Bond Hardware another step forward with the introduction of jewelry-like stretch garments.
“I remember being in a public space, seeing its fencing and thinking, ‘Wait, that’s a cool material, it looks almost like a hammock,’” Hurwitz said of common fencing material’s pattern of the twisted stainless cable and crimps, which inspired her to design her own modern takes on traditional chainmail garments. “I couldn’t get it out of my head, and then I found the [industrial manufacturing] company that makes the fences and asked if they could make a tube, then add straps.
“Coincidentally, the same 316L surgical steel that we use for piercing jewelry — we engrave it on all the pieces for transparency — is also used for outdoor applications because it’s ultra corrosion-resistant. That’s my favorite thing about real sustainability, there’s no greenwashing because that’s just how it is,” Hurwitz said of the material, which is also hypoallergenic and safe for water and sensitive skin.
Titled the Exo Collection, the capsule includes four metal garments: a bra, tank, minidress and long dress. The surprisingly lightweight, flexible and unisex soft compression styles are made out of a patent-pending twisted cable netting that can mold to each body type. The styles, which are available exclusively through Bond Hardware in sizes small to large (fits women’s 0-14) and XL (fits women’s 14+), were designed to be worn safely and directly on the skin, or as a versatile layering piece.
Following the Exo Collection launch, Hurwitz said she will soon be launching limited-edition, embellished custom versions of the garments, and envisions adding accessories and homeware styles (in the same material) in the near future.
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