We think toughness and beauty are one and the same. That's why we love Brooklyn-based designer A. Jason Ross, who refines reclaimed leather and metal to create exquisite accessories with a raw, natural edge.
Ross founded his label, Artemas Quibble, in 2007, and has since enchanted us with well-crafted jewelry and bags--often inspired by ancient patterns and traditional techniques--which have earned him clients like Donna Karan's Urban Zen and big-time Italian leather company Henry Beguelin. The self-taught artisan's bustling, by-appointment workshop is well worth a visit to Red Hook, but Ross sells his gorgeous creations online, too.
The Alton Khan necklace ($325), a tribal-chic, chocolate-brown collar, studded with hand-beaten metal, is the ideal statement piece. We've also got our hearts set on this understated, wheat-colored cuff ($250).
Our favorite item, however, is the classic Mistral ($927), a one-of-a-kind satchel with a glamorous twist: The dainty fastener--an engraved metal button--is molded from an 18th-century opera-glasses case that once belonged to Ross's mother. Using his signature antique tools, Ross will also hand-stamp the beauty with your initials, upon request.
Artemas Quibble, 27 Delavan St., Fourth Floor (between Dwight and Richards sts.); 215-439-8200 or artemas-quibble.com