It’s not easy being a dude—specifically when it comes to accessorizing.READ MORE
Lemonade stands and bake sales are how most kids experience that first thrill of selling their own wares. But while other Wisconsin tykes were squeezing citrus or eating cookie dough, a fourth grader named Billy Bartels was at his mother’s craft-fair quilting set-up selling jewelry he designed.
Two decades later, Billy laughs at the memory. “I totally forgot I did that!” he says. After becoming disenchanted with the corporate side of his graphic-design job in Germany three years ago, Billy revisited his old passion. The result? Vim Beget, a name that, as he explains, “sort of translates to ‘life creates,’” drawn from his philosophy that every experience—good or bad—leads so another opportunity that can hopefully be an awesome one.
In his case, that positive outcome is a line of bracelets, necklaces, and wallets that look like they were crafted with the help of Hephaestus—the Greek god of blacksmithing—on Mount Olympus. “I never saw much out there that I could see myself wearing,” he notes. “I definitely try to not hide the fact that the pieces are handmade. I really appreciate a little bit of chaos, edge, and dirtiness.” —anthonia akitunde
BEHIND THE SCENES
Just a couple of super-talented designers.
Willing to wager you haven’t heard of any of them. Yet.