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Clockwise from left: Brass bar & circle necklace, $80; Brass stackable rings, $80; Brass disc earrings, $70; Brass .50-caliber tie bar, $60. Photograph by Paul Miller

Support Veterans in Style with this Denver Fashion Brand

Denver-based Sword & Plough makes jewelry from bullet casings and bags from upcycled military gear.

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On the Fourth of July, nothing says American pride like red, white, and blue. But if you’re going for subtlety, consider something from Sword & Plough. The Denver fashion brand, which recently introduced a jewelry line made from .50-caliber bullet casings, makes bags, totes, and more from upcycled military gear like tents and uniforms. Launched in 2013 by Emily Núñez Cavness (an active-duty Army officer at the time) and her sister, Betsy Núñez, Sword & Plough donates 10 percent of its profits to veterans’ organizations like Got Your Six, a nonprofit that aims to dispel misconceptions about vets and support their transitions to civilian life. The brand, which won $25,000 in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest in May, also collaborates with manufacturers who hire former military personnel to create its accessories. Now that’s style that deserves a salute.

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