“Waste not, want not,” as the saying goes. I’m pretty sure they weren’t referring to jewelry when they said that—whoever it was that originated that saying—but it seems to apply here anyway.
As the brand So-le Studio lets no materials go to waste—by rescuing leftover materials and turning them into intriguing designs—customers are certainly not left wanting.
That’s true for the brand’s latest collection, Trucioli. In Italian, trucioli refers to a very thin, curly piece of material—wood, metal, plastic—that has been shaved from something larger during a manufacturing process.
In the case of this collection, that material is brass, the shavings having been gathered from the waste of a lathe machine.
Maria Sole Ferragamo, the designer behind the Italian brand, is used to working with upcycled materials—many of her spectacularly fashioned pieces are crafted with leftover leather.
Infusing new life into the discarded brass, the Trucioli earrings are plated in gold and hand-painted epoxy resin. The colors are brightly hued—some are even fluorescent—adding spark to the springy, slinky designs that are so incredibly fun. And their origins fulfill one of the most popular customer demands of today: sustainability.
So-le Studio was founded in 2017 by Ferragamo in London, though its headquarters are now located in Milan and its production is centered in Florence, Italy. The brand releases one new collection per year, while reinterpreting and refreshing its old designs regularly. This collection marks the studio’s first time working with brass.
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