Finally, I’ve found something to share with you other than $3,000 jackets. I ran across a post in the Made In Brazil blog the other day about a new line of accessories and, always eager to shine the spotlight on the new and fabulous, I thought I’d share it with you. Launched just last year, Brazilian label LAB Accessories is about to release their second collection called “Urban Indian” and though there is a slightly Indian flavor, the urban influence easily wins out.
The range currently available includes scarves for men or women priced at around $100 with either a tie-dyed look or a recurring skull motif reminiscent of Alexander McQueen, some sterling silver rings topped with pyramids and engraved with eye designs that would fit right in at a Masonic temple and a fedora that comes in chocolate or black.
The main thrust of the collection seems to be the rustic looking wallet chains that come in nearly twenty designs, all combinations of carved Buddha head, skull and metal beads sourced from places like Tibet, Indonesia and the Philippines. I’m not really sure if I’m advocating wallet chains for spring because that would be weird but if you’re going to wear one, these are pretty cool. I’m trying to think of other ways to use them, like maybe as a bracelet, but the jury in my head is still out.
LAB is an abbreviation of Liberty Art Brothers is the brainchild of model Rafael Lazzini who has been featured in our pages before, if only as eye candy naked on a motorcycle the first time, and his graphic designer brother Alexandre Lazzini. From what I could decipher from their “About Us” section, their focus is in handmade items assembled from a variety of cultures with a vintage rocker look. If that were the case, I’d say they’re pretty successful even if their English is rather vague.
As far as I can tell, these items are now only available on the LAB Accessories website but it’s nicely designed so that’s not the end of the world. They’re repped by showrooms in São Paolo and Brooklyn, though so it’s possible you could soon see this stuff showing up in a chic boutique near you.