Anna Sheffield Says “Aloha Summer”
Keying into summer’s insatiable sense of wanderlust, Bing Bang’s Anna Sheffield wanted to create a lighthearted end-of-season collection that perfectly conveyed that appeal. “It all ties into that love of summer and how short and sweet it is,” the designer says of the tight collection that is an exploration in personalization. Inspired by “two young people who go on a bunch of road trips and show what you do,” the result is a little bit sweet and a little bit defiant—the perfect summation of Sheffield’s latest endeavor. Comprising more of the designer’s minis and classics, subsets include the tattoo finger ring collection and her now best-selling tiny skull cuffs (the updated Calavera features stones for eyes). The mixed-metal finishes have become a signature of Sheffield’s, who has been relying heavily on rose gold since she launched her line ten years ago.
But while other designers forsake form for fashion, Sheffield’s hand-hewn jewelry is the product of her early years spent in a blacksmith’s shop. “The design very much shows the process as the end result,” she says of her experience wielding the torch, saw, files, and hammer in her New York studio. When building each new collection (available now at BingBangNYC.com), Sheffield creates her own prototypes out of metal, rendering the final product out of brass with oxidized and plated finishes. “They don’t really feel antiquated or old-ladyish. They still feel modern, especially if they’re stacked with other pieces,” she says of their mix-and-match wearability. Fit for an endless summer.