We spotted designer Cassie Herzog at Pallet Fest 2015 in Sculpture Park, selling her Broken Revolt handcrafted accessories, which she describes as "delicately dangerous bohemian and industrial jewelry." We stopped to chat with Herzog about how she comes up with the sayings she stamps into her jewelry, what inspires her personal fashion sense and where she shops.
Born in Boulder, Herzog briefly lived in Santa Barbara — but says she's been "a Coloradical" for five-and-a-half years. She started Broken Revolt in Denver in 2011. "Music with cerebral lyrics that really make you feel or think deeper inspires my metal-stamped jewelry line," she says.
"I love taking an obscure line from a movie or song that really resonated with me and I put it on a piece of jewelry," she explains. "People read it ,and I love when I get responses like,'Wow, I've never heard that before, but I love it.' It makes me feel good to bring an overlooked chunk of someone's mind and allow it to be felt in a totally different way."The metals she uses for Broken Revolt accessories run the gamut: old parts from machines, clocks and watches. "Pretty much anything you can find in an old garage inspires me," Herzog says. "I love giving discarded and forgotten pieces new life. I think people should really appreciate up-cycled art because are usually surprises with what you can do with a piece. It creates a conversation and allows people to think about what is possible, instead of what is. Second chances are important, and I like to think I give them to old junk.
"My favorite colors are black and any shade of gray," she continues. "My favorite type of accessories are jewelry. I love wearing rings and bracelets. When I was a kid, I wore about fifteen different kinds of blue bracelets and rings on all of my fingers. I also had sixteen ear piercings. I have always loved to express myself through accessories. I also used to wear a silver dog-chain choker with a tiny padlock on it. I was a weird kid, but I was always proud of my unique style."And she's interested in other people who break from tradition. "People who are not afraid to be different inspire me," she says. "People who don't follow the status quo, who are not afraid to wear a 'fuck it' attitude."
Her personal fashion mantra: "What's clean?" Herzog admits. "My style is pretty laidback." Specifically, she says, it's "monochrome with attitude." She shops at thrift stores, Plato's Closet and Buffalo Exchange. Find out more about Herzog's own jewelry designs on the Broken Revolt website. As Herzog, Broken Revolt and Pallet Fest itself show, you should never be afraid to breathe new life into the old fashion in your life, Denver.
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