The jewelry/accessories brand, George Frost, acts as a glimpse into to our past.

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photographed by FLYNN MAXWELL WARREN for SHK N4
written by EMILY MARUCCI

In the back of the attic sits an old bureau, tucked behind Christmas lights, boxes marked “glass,” a frayed reef… A penny your grandfather rescued from a 1940s war, sits next to his old pocket watch, a creepy family portrait stares down at all below. This is the kind of stuff Lisa Salzer, of well-known and obsession-worthy accessory line Lulu Frost, appreciates. Such an aesthetic stays true when it comes to George Frost — Salzer’s jewelry venture, alongside boyfriend Marlon Taylor-Wiles and friend Jon Sneden, into masculine design. Oh! And how cute is it that Lulu Frost is named after Salzer’s grandmother, and George Frost is named after Salzer, Tylor-Wiles and Sneden’s grandfathers? Yes, all three creative brains behind George Frost share George grandfathers.

Obviously, Salzer is no stranger when it comes to creating nostalgic jewelry that adorns the necks, wrists and fingers of fashion’s most desirable. As is so with the latest George Frost collection, “No Goods,” an avant-garde approach to vintage that’s “inspired by 1960’s revolutionary sentiments that speak for loyalty, harmony, and unity for the present and future. We use military symbols like Morse Code and out-of-circulation dollar bills to send messages of peace.”

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As Salzar speaks of her collection we immediately find ourselves in that aforementioned attic, that vintage corner store on Bedford that smells like old books and your grandfathers sports jacket, the dusty record store that sells rusted tie clips decades old… And that’s exactly where you should find yourself. George Frost’s mind thinks vintage, family heirlooms, relics of the past, remnants of another time and place… And then he turns those things upside down on their heads by adding a totally unexpected modern value. When a consumer is able to tie a piece of history, a place in time, and marry those ideas with the piece they are wearing, that’s when it becomes more than just a purchase. It becomes a story.

We find hints of this sentiment throughout the collection as George Frost muses handcrafted trench art, a WWII cease-fire relic and vintage charms. Lisa’s tells us, “ I love the “George Cuff” which features cut-out elements of old dollar bills of George Washington’s eyes embedded in resin in brass and white bronze cuff bracelets.” In the “Unite” bracelet we are introduced to intricate symbols derived from cut outs of vintage dollar bills… Inside the rugged handsome “Bullet Shield Ring” is a hidden dollar bill cut out tucked inside. Not so secreted, a naked Hawaiian woman that looks painted with soft strokes, is portrayed on a brass ring, with “pomaika’i” (meaning good luck) billowing down the sides.

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From bullet shield necklaces with brass and balancing scales to represent justice, to beaded necklaces and bracelets that proclaim in Morse code Love and Luck… The pieces will be worn and traded; they will then withstand the draft in the attic, make history feel like home, and suddenly… Accessories feel like real narratives rather then anecdotes. They have a lot to say. Thanks George Frost.

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read the digital, interactive version of this feature in SHK N4.

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