2018 was a big year for Hvnter Gvtherer, and for me personally. IRON AGE was a collection I had been dreaming up since early 2017, which was a new direction into clothing and related accessories such as hats, handbags, and new “homewares” including a handmade whip fashioned out of recycled leather with an iron spike handle, windchimes made out of forged bronze and hand polished and sealed recycled vintage iron nails, and a series of 6 cast iron Spears.

The collection was first previewed on December 8, 2017 during a collaborative performance with local flamenco group KANTUZ at the Instituto Cervantes in Chicago, IL. You can watch a video of the performance here.

The first three pieces presented during that performance were such a success that I decided to go ahead and develop the vision further into a 13 piece collection. Hvnter Gvtherer presented its first fashion show of IRON AGE at Black Oak Tattoo in Chicago, IL. The presentation was community funded all the models I chose were dear friends and muses who inspire me daily. The fashion show was DJ’d by local artist Chris Hefner. The lookbook was photographed by Mateo Stephens of fotodemateo and designed by Eileen Tjan of Other Studio. Later, the collection was photographed by Dawn Howard on Benji Morino and presented as a shoppable catalogue. The fashion show was introduced by Leslie Gray who created and presented the IRON AGE ORIGINS story live. You can listen to a version of the performance on Soundcloud here, recorded at HDDN VLLY STUDIOS by friend and local sound artist / musician MT COAST.

The roots of IRON AGE are personal in nature and political at their core, which reflects my personal approach to creating every collection you see here at Hvnter Gvtherer. Everything has a story. Everything is born from real-life experience with a love of connecting past to future.

I hope you enjoyed this collection, it marks the last work I will create for some time as I tend to a new addition to my family and begin a new chapter of creating meaning in what 2019 holds. Please make sure to join my mailing list and check back here for updates on the development of my next collection, to be released late 2019.

Thank you for reading. My best to you all! xx - L




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Written and Read by Leslie Gray as Leanna

Bryan Christian Dahl as The Man

Sound/editing by Jeff Milam aka MT Coast / Recorded at HDDNVLLY STUDIOS in Chicago, IL  

Created in collaboration with Laura Prieto-Velasco


Dawn of the Bronze Age

Photo by Elizabeth Claire. Model is Muted Fawn. Photographed in Los Angeles, CA

Photo by Elizabeth Claire. Model is Muted Fawn. Photographed in Los Angeles, CA

It is the dawn of a new collection, and the dawn of the BRONZE AGE. As we shift gears we will be retiring several older designs - many of which are discounted in our shop. 

On that note...If there is a piece in stock from the EXITIUM, ORIGINS, or BAIT collection you have been eyeing but haven't made the plunge due to price or a lack of a sale/discount, please ask! We want our jewelry to be worn and loved by those who admire and appreciate our handcrafted work. We are human, we are artists, we are flesh and blood with a desire to create....above all else... despite the appearance of a brand/online/faceless storefront. 

Better yet -- if you're in Chicago visit our Open House this Sunday 1-4pm

Stay tuned for more on the new collection and inspiration.


FAROUCHE is a collection Chelsea Wolfe and I co-designed earlier this year.  An investigation of form, meaning, and context through the format of jewelry (an ear cuff and a ring bearing spikes) lovingly named "pricks". They are made from raw sterling and fine silver, sharpened by hand, and packaged with a lock of pink hair wrapped in copper wire. Haruki Murakami's quote evoked a complementary mood to our collection, "I was the chain that bit into my ankle, and I was the ruthless guard who never slept."

FAROUCHE debuted November 30, 2015 and pre-orders are being crafted/will ship early 2016. Please contact us for custom orders or other inquiries