It's a koan-like riddle: Can a Zen Buddhist wear jewelry? Sonja Nuttall, 45, the creative director for Urban Zen (Donna Karan's foundation to promote well-being and cultural preservation), used to avoid it. Then she discovered A. Jason Ross, who recycles things like belt buckles to create one-of-a-kind accessories, and "I fell in love with his whole philosophy," says Nuttall. The two began collaborating for Urban Zen's retail shop on cuffs that combine vintage watches with elaborately wrapped straps made from old belts. Here, she wears one on each wrist, paired with Tag Heuer and Cartier watches (12369 by Ross and Nuttall). "I love that it comes from an organic place," she says.
Short leather necklace, $75; long leather cord, $395; brass and copper bracelet, $495; all, Jason Ross from Artemas Quibble. Pearl rings, Evon Mignot, $200 each. Belt, A. Jason Ross. Jacket, tank, pants; all, Urban Zen.