Every year, a critical mass of motorcycle enthusiasts descends on the town of Sturgis, South Dakota. There are bikes and bikers as far as the eye can see. That means lots of wheels and motorcycle club patches and, of course, style. This cuff bracelet takes as its inspiration a stylized bike wheel, invoking the symbolic significance of club patches, with lightning bolt detailing bringing the cuff together. Orli says, “The twisted wheel at the center of this bracelet reminds me of something a motorcycle club could have as its symbol. Patches can be very important to a group of people coming together to share a common interest like biking, and I wanted to invoke that symbolism.”
Like many of us, Orli has always harbored a fascination with motorcycles. The experience of riding a motorcycle has captured the popular imagination for decades. It encompasses the freedom of movement on the open road and the ability to take in the sights and smells of nature at your own pace. The lone rider on a vast expanse of highway, contemplating the natural world and feeling the profound openness of immense space, is an intriguing and inspiring image. As biker jargon, ironside refers to the parts and detailing comprising the top half of a motorcycle. Orli’s Ironside takes iconic features of motorcycle style, including spikes, chains, and suedes, and presents an elegant collection of chopper-inspired work drawing its aesthetic from the ostentatious costume jewelry of the Eighties, when bigger was always better.