Article 22 HQ: New York, America
Manufacturing: Ban Naphia, Laos
Article 22 designs beautiful and meaningful collections that tell unknown stories and give back. PEACEBOMB, the first collection, is jewelry made from Vietnam War era bombs by Laotian artisans. ARTICLE 22 seeks to embody a new luxury that intimately relates our objects and ideas.
Driven dually by design and development, ARTICLE 22 cultivates the untapped talents of artisans in forgotten or off-the-beaten-track places, promoting entrepreneurship and community development. As appropriate, additional giveback benefits a broader cause. For PEACEBOMB, each item sold demines an area of bomb littered land.
The collections are composed of modern artifacts with a distinct hand feel. They are designed for those concerned by authenticity and quality, those curious to discover. ARTICLE 22 has been recognized as pioneering the transformation of weapons to jewelry and, more generally, the tangible value of transformation through fashion.
“The collections are composed of modern artifacts with a distinct hand feel. They are designed for those concerned by authenticity and quality, those curious to discover."
The collection comprises classic shapes cast with Peacebomb metal that tell the story of how Laos became the most heavily bombed country in history and the artisans who transform bombs and war scrap to jewellery taking a constructive approach toward the destruction wrought by war.
Each piece supports artisan livelihoods, village development, and demining in Laos. At the current rate of removal, it will take an estimated 800 years to clear all unexploded ordnance. With each Peacebomb sold, ARTICLE 22 and the artisans of Ban Naphia support their families, community, and country, helping make land safe.