At a show last winter I set up next to Fran Kronstadt who makes the most wonderful belts. Her contemporary cast bronze buckles are a masterful balance of form, texture and detail. I was instantly smitten.
I ran into Fran again at a couple of shows this summer while I was mulling designs for my fall line of window pendants. The muted tones and warmth of oxidized metals has always intrigued me, so I took my cue from Fran's belt buckles and got to work combining polymer with a faux metal finish with real copper, brass and silver accents.
And, yes, I am a proud owner of a Fran Kronstadt belt!