Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons Channels Tribal Spirits for New Collection

Dark and ingenious, local accessories shaman Derrick Cruz of Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons always manages to throw a couple of devilish curveballs. Just like past collections, Cruz's new "Theft of Light" line uses the same formula of brooding, outré designs and unlikely materials to create a parade of new, daring works. This time, though, Cruz's catalog of horsehair bracelets, ebony and ivory keys plucked from vintage pianos, and Navajo-influenced leather strapping has a poignant edge. "Theft of Light" is a tribute to Cruz's father, Jose, who died this year at 57. A bit of a cross-cultural creative himself, the senior Cruz had moved from Puerto Rico to Colorado, created a traditional Native American craft studio, and eventually earned membership in a local tribe. To Derrick Cruz, the collection and its lookbook are, "illustrations for a chapter in my personal book of myths." For us—as emotional as that all is—the Navajo ivory breastplates are just damned cool.
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