Considering that Sandy Leong delights in donating 10 percent of sales from her Rain collection to the Voss Foundation, a nonprofit instrumental in getting fresh water to folks in sub-Saharan Africa, her latest move isn’t too surprising. Enter the Ziya collection of 18k gold and cow horn sourced from Kenya courtesy of community-based employment effort Ziya Kenya. The ethically sourced horn—from cattle killed for food—was created in part to further fund Voss (10 percent of sales from a trio of gold and horn bangles benefit the group) and to support artisans at a local level in Africa. Ziya hits stores in the spring of 2016.
While Leong’s finished pieces are refined and lovely, her initial horn samples from the artisans were pretty crudely cut. “There’s no milling—it’s old-fashioned cutting with no modern tools or calibration,” she says. “The cutters are just eye-balling it.” But after some back and forth—and future plans to mail brass cap templates to ensure consistent cuts—Leong is ready to offer a capsule collection to retailers for preorder. The bangles retail for $2,025.
Cow horn and 18k gold bangles from the Ziya collection, $2,025
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