Waste Makes Heist and Punk Is Still Gold

The Italian jewelry label Loha Vete launched its luxury Heist collection in 2012. Picked up by Moda Operandi and included in the Met’s Punk show, Heist is made from reclaimed gold and silver, culled from police seizures around the world rather than newly mined metals. Spoils from Rio to Rome, “Rolexes in Manhattan to silverware in Mayfair,” are melted down in Loha Vete’s atelier in Italy and stored as bullion bricks before being recast as bleeding-edge pieces of jewelry, some of which apparently can be used as ashtrays. “From crime to the sublime,” they say, to which we might add, “From punks to punk.”

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