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FOR THE HISTORY BUFF
A virtuous circle, Vietnam War shrapnel and other debris is upcycled by fair trade artisans into modern heirlooms that help clear unexploded bombs from their land. ARTICLE22 bangle bracelets are pieces of history that tell a true story -“dropped and made in Laos”-and make a positive impact. ARTICLE22 Original Story Bangle... Their story... from the beginning.
ELIZABETH SUDA - Founder and Creative Director
New York native Elizabeth wanted to answer a simple question: “how and by whom are the goods we consume made?”
After two years in the Merchandising Department at Coach, she packed her bags and traveled to Laos. She was without a plan, but prepared. Upon arrival in Vientiane she began knocking on the doors of local women-based textile businesses. She was on a mission to understand how local, sustainable crafts made by women could be plugged into the global fashion market.
Recognizing that market linkage and design are major constraints on artisans, she founded ARTICLE 22 when she met artisans in a rural village melting US bombs into spoons. She was beguiled by her lack of awareness of the Secret War in Laos 1963-1974 which left a legacy of 80 million unexploded bombs. She created the Peacebomb bracelet with the idea of buying back the bombs. Since, ARTICLE22 has developed into a global business with "doing good" at its core.
Each is engraved with ARTICLE22's namesake, inspired by the 22nd article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states everyone’s right to social, economic, and cultural security and the free development of personality.