Lock and Key founder Tony Perrin was raised in Southern California where he was immersed in a world of creativity. From following his older sister to dance class and spending summers in his father's photography studio, to watching his mother paint. Tony was destined to travel a creative path. At the age of ten Tony spent the summer learning the artisan tradition of bead weaving from a family friend Frank "Frankie" Perez.
Upon Frank's passing, while Tony was still attending New York University, Frank's wife handed down his loom to Tony. While Tony worked on his loom on a custom-order basis he did not fully realize the vision for Lock and Key for another fifteen years.
After spending over a decade as a professional dancer, working in the television and theatre industries. Tony found himself injured and in search of his of his next chapter in life. His skill at hand sewing, scenic and costume design helped land him a hob, and the beginning of a new career, in the New York Fashion industry working for some of the top designers in the world. After traveling back to Los Angeles and continuing to gain in valuable experience he settled down in Nashville where Lock and Key found its roots.
Lock and Key bring a touch of modern eclecticism and international cool to each collection. By fusing Native American beading with classic ball-and-chain. Lock and Key connects the past with the present. Each piece is hand beaded and or loomed with the ball-and-chain interweaving with the beading seamlessly. Tony recently acquired a metal clay kiln and has been sculpting solid bronze and sterling silver pieces for his jewelry truly creating wearable art.