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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.

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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