Neon plastic lanyard evokes a summer camp nostalgia when counselors schooled us in the art of kitsch key-chains and friendship bracelets. But in the hands of Philip O'Sullivan, the designer of an innovative new jewelry line, these notions of yesteryear are all but a memory. Made from hiking rope, which is crafted into beautifully intricate knots and finished with gunmetal hardware, each piece is handmade by O'Sullivan in his Williamsburg studio. The pieces are refreshingly unique and unapologetically bold. "I love synthetic materials and am very excited by the resurgence of tech/athletic looks in high fashion," says the designer. "I grew so tired of everything having to look old and worn. I'm ready for the future." So are we.
by Kristi Garced