SOPHIE HUGHES:

Boston-based wunderkind Sophie Hughes is known for her bold, modern-day-armor-like pieces, and the unique metal-fusing techniques she uses in creating them. Working instinctively, without the aid of an illustration or casting, Sophie hand-forges each piece in her studio using hammers, anvils, hand tools and torches. Her commitment to maintaining an ethically and socially responsible brand includes working exclusively with recycled silver and 18k gold, and reclaimed or ethically-sourced gems.