With spring well in bloom, and a brand spankin’ new Swagger website design underway, we thought it a good time to stretch our creative muscles and get all brand new on you. We left our street style cams in SoHo and set up shop at one of America’s most historic air stations, Hangar B at Gateway National Recreation Area, for a shoot that’s about spring, sure, but more about fresh beginnings and bright futures. (Thanks to Partners in Preservation, we were able to kick off our spring with a shoot at Hangar B. The historic site is one of forty competing for the chance to win a grant from Partners in Preservation and American Express. Gateway’s wish is to revitalize the planes you’ll see below, so please vote here.)
Dana Hurwitz and Vince Barile are the creative duo behind Bond Hardware, a line of neckties made from screws, locks, and clasps you find at the local hardware store. Their pieces are statement making and the duo’s style is similarly over the top. For Taking Off, Hurwitz and Barile rocked a variety of pieces from their classmates’ collections – both designers study at Pratt – that should give you quite a bit to covet as the buds bloom. The clear plastics, pastels, and leathers are all trends that’ve hit the runways (and the streets), so be sure to take note. But most importantly, watch out for these two. With a new collection on-deck and press knocking down their doors, Hurwitz and Barile are on the brink of something big…they’re just steadying the grip before take off.
How’d you two meet? How’d it come about that you’d do a line of accessories together?
We met through mutual friends, one unforgettably festive night – Vince sat on me in a cab.
How would you define Bond? Is it a line of accessories? Because jewelry doesn’t seem like the right word to describe it.
They have been called alternative necktie pieces by others [but] we call them Hardware Neckties. We were always DIY inclined, but walking through True Value one day we saw a double clip and both thought: bowtie, [and that] birthed Bond. We’re innovative and minimalist with an inspired clientele, our top seller is the Hitch Ring Necktie.
Your styles complement each other. Have you different style influences?
Dana: Iris Apfel definitely. I love style icons that have a signature look- her glasses and armfuls of bracelets have always inspired me to find mine.
Design Credits- Beatrice Weiland: Black Rubber Knit, BEATRICE top. Meredith Lyon: Cigarette Pant, White Cigarette Holster, No-smoking Sunglasses. Jeff Hawk: Cube Shoes. Jewelry by BOND Hardware
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Partners in Preservation, though all views expressed are our own. We hope that by exposing historic sites through our stylish lens, we can bring awareness to the Partners in Preservation campaign and highlight the necessity of restoring and revitalizing beautiful pieces of history so that we may share them with future generations.