Cast of Vices.
If you’ve had the pleasure of dining at The Bazaar by Jose Andres located in the Beverly Hills SLS Hotel, then you’ve probably noticed, to the right of the restaurant, the “shop without walls” named Regalo. Showcasing a variety of luxury items, this Phillip Stark designed space aims to fluidly intersect the experiences of dining and shopping. It was here that I discovered one of my favorite jewelry lines Cast of Vices.
While digesting my tapas of liquid olives, “Philly cheese steak” and “not your everyday caprese” my eye caught this shinny sterling-silver pill dangling in a glass case with the word Vicodin engraved on it. I knew the necklace had to be mine along with the rest of the cast, which included Xanax, Klonopin, and Oxy. VIP plastic wristbands, handcuffs and security tags made of gold, leather and silver were stacked next to pins engraved with “I’m a mess”, “burn out” and “drugs saved my life.” Bejeweled flies and sterling silver roaches called “capricious companions” only piqued my interests further, marking the beginning of no return in my obsession with these provocateurs!
Christopher Glancy and Jay LeCompte are the creative force behind the line that uses social commentary to punctuate its fashion statement. Like Warhol and his Campbell’s cans of tomato soup, the two take recognizable objects that have a pervasive social function and poke fun at them. In using this humor they hope to raise our collective conscience around our behavior and socially accepted practices.
“Born from a desire to create artifacts out of our vices, Cast of Vices celebrates the inherent design aesthetic of these substances while at the same time casting a critical eye on pop culture and our obsession with self-medication and addiction.” These pieces are impeccably handcrafted from high-quality materials sure to inspire conversations about socially accepted behavior and the role fashion can play in the cultural lexicon of vice.