Monday, September 23, 2013

The Front Runner Is – Liberty United Jewelry

Peter Thum who has founded Ethos Water and Fonderie 47 has launched an accessory label called Liberty United that recycles illegal guns from American cities and turns them into jewelry through various artists. This Fall, Pamela Love will play guest designer.

The Liberty United Story: In 2000, while working in Africa, Peter Thum met people who didn’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. To change that, he created Ethos Water, in 2005 Ethos was acquired by Starbucks and has provided more than six million dollars in grants to fund water and sanitation programs for more than half a million people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

While working on water projects in Africa, peter was once again inspired to act when he met armed boys and young men. In 2009, to help reduce the number and impact of firearms in Africa, and small arms around the world, he founded Fonderie 47 (, with a uniquely inspiring mission: to turn reclaimed guns into jewelry and high art. His idea was that every piece would incorporate Ak47 gun metal and bear the serial number of a weapon that Fonderie 47 had destroyed. Sales of these rare pieces in turn fund the removal and destruction of more weapons. To date, Fonderie 47 has removed and destroyed more than 30,000 assault rifles from conflict and post-conflict regions. 

They've created jewelry and art collaborations with world-class artists and artisans like Philip Crangi, Adrian Glessing, David Candaux, and James de Givenchy. In 2012, Peter’s wife, actress Cara Buono, urged him to expand his mission to address gun violence in America. Together they founded Liberty United. Liberty United's first collaboration with designer Philip Crangi launched in Spring 2013.

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