If you’re raring to rebuild your youthful street cred, but you’re not exactly crusin’ for a bruisin’, take a gander at these statement accessories made from recycled skateboards. Retired from their skate-park hijinks and artfully transformed into bags, bangles, earrings, cuff links, and belt buckles, these seven upcycled wearables come complete with every scratch and scuff from their storied pasts—so you can deck yourself before you wreck yourself.
Beck Hickey, founder of Beck(y), likens her one-of-a-kind bags and accessories to wearable art, not unlike the skateboards they’re made from. It’s the juxtaposition of weathered, beat-up boards with luxurious textiles like silk that excites the designer, who hand-crafts her wares in her New York City workshop. Her clutch, which maintains much of the integrity of the original deck, is lined with satin and bears a nickel clasp.
For Kris Lovett, a University of the Arts in Philadelphia graduate and an avid skater, the graceful geometry of a skateboard lined up perfectly with the curve of a woman’s shoe. His RePly collection of pumps, platforms, and clogs, which he created for his senior thesis, showcase the boards’ original multicolored hues, with sizzling bands of colors that imbue the feminine silhouettes with youthful vim.
Seven Ply’s mission: To turn thrash’n into fashion. Founded by the wife of a skateboarder, Seven Ply recycles old and damaged decks into chic pieces that belie their rough-and-tumble origin. The Free Bird is a dainty disc that has been cut, sanded, and resealed, then paired with a sweet bird charm.