Launched in 2016, HBX Archives has become a go-to place for sourcing unique pieces from the fashion and streetwear world. From brands like Gucci to sacai and Burberry, we often ponder the stories these sought-after items were once attached to.
As a nod to their past, Artifacts seeks to document the memories behind a collector's prized possession--or as many call it, their grail. For the latest installment, we talk to Raif Adelberg, who's known as an early adopter with a knack for being "ahead of the curve" in street fashion. Behind an illustrious yet down-to-earth career is a sentimental individual who values authenticity in his voice and creations.
From learning how to use his voice to survive in a hyper-sensitive world to reminiscing memories with family through a ring passed down from his father, the all-around creative shares with us his priceless artifacts in life. Opening up about the importance of self-expression, the seasoned artist says, "The fact that I have been able to share it with the world, which has helped create a path and inspire others for future generations."
Who are you and what do you do?
Raif Adelberg, I am an artist, designer, and creative.
What is your artifact?
My father's pinky ring.
When did you get it?
Where did you get it?
My father passed it on to me before he passed away in 2014.
Why did you get it?
Love and memories.
What's an important memory attached to it?
Memories of my father.
Would you sell it and why?
Absolutely not ….. it will be passed on to my children.
Whose artifact do you want to see next?
Patti Smith or anyone who wants to share their story.