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PARAPHERNALIA: When your family is a leading manufacturer of rolling papers, it follows that you’d have a knack for provocative accessories. Such is the case for Michael Saiger, the-model-cum-designer who is launching a line of military-inspired men’s jewelry this fall. His family owns the North American operations of Bambu, whose rolling papers were immortalized in 1972 by famed stoner comedians Cheech and Chong, who titled their second album “Big Bambu.” But Saiger’s line, called Miansai, offers accessories you wear as opposed to smoke.
The collection of World War II-style medallion pendants and striped grosgrain cuffs seems better suited for a wannabe solider than hazed-out hippie. But the jewelry also has an illicit edge. Consider the bullet pendant that unscrews to reveal a hidden compartment, or the razor blade necklace. “If I’m designing something, I’ll realize, ‘Oh, I can make this into a pill holder,’” said the 23 year old, who also has a contract with Wilhelmina Models. But he denied the pieces were intended for illegal activity. “If I can make it functional and kind of funny, then I will. They are really conversation pieces.”