Article 22

Article 22 was founded to embody a new luxury that intimately relates our objects and ideas. The company is driven dually by design and development, cultivating the untapped talents of artisans in forgotten or off-the-beaten-track places, promoting entrepreneurship and community development. The company's inagural focus is jewelry made by Laotian artisans from Vietnam War era bombs; Laos is the highest bombed country per capita in the world. With each piece sold, Article 22 works with 12 artisan families in Ban Naphia -- who began transforming bombs into spoons in the 1970s -- to support their families, community, and country, helping make their land safer. One bracelet helps clear bombs from 3m2 of farmland; at the current rate of removal, it will take an estimated 800 years to clear all unexploded ordnance. Article 22 has been recognized by global consumers and press as pioneering the transformation of weapons to jewelry and, more generally, the tangible value of transformation through fashion.
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